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Rika Ohara

Mighty Tezuka!

The time: The immediate aftermath of WWII. The place: Osaka, Japan. Ruins. Imagine: the city in rubbles and full of disoriented grown-ups. Kids were starved not only for food, but also for entertainment and maybe a sense of direction. Cheaply printed comic books, hawked on streets and in candy stores,......

A Jovial Buddha

Duane Ebata, artistic director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, died of cancer at his home on May 11. He was 49. Born in Hawaii, Ebata moved to Southern California as a young boy. As a student at Cal State Long Beach, he was an activist in the......
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