Category Archives: Japanese-American

Heart vs. Mind

心 kokoro Heart, Mind, Spirit Yesterday, I listened to a discussion of a book titled Coming to Our Senses. The author, Jon Kabit-Zinn said something that practically shocked me. He said that in many Asian cultures, heart and mind have the … Continue reading

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#FlashFriday #Fictioneers: “Behind Barbed Wire”

This is another very busy week as I get ready for the Oklahoma Writers Federation 2012 Story Weavers Conference, as well as William Bernhardt’s writing seminar. But, I couldn’t pass up sharing an excerpt of Broken Dolls, my novel centered … Continue reading

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Secret Saturday – 2/25/12: "Changing Colors"

February is Black History Month. Some of my fondest memories are of a black family that lived across Coolidge Street, where I grew up:      When I was a little girl, some of my friends wanted to be Cinderella. … Continue reading

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Unhyphenated Patriots

While in Los Angeles last week, I visited the Japanese American National Museum, something I’ve wanted to do since beginning to write The Red Kimono. Japanese American National Museum Before going inside, we walked around taking pictures. Thankfully, we noticed … Continue reading

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The Color of a Voice

Can an author write a point of view voice that is not hers? I used to think so, but the more I write and the more think about it, I wonder. If a point of view cannot be written with … Continue reading

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