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Published: 5 years ago

My Appearance on Soul Train

Back in 1993, one of my friends, Suraya Fadel, was a regular dancer on Soul Train. When we went out clubbing, Suraya was always amused at my antics on the dance floor. So one weekend, she invited me to join her on the show. …

Published: 12 years ago

YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH: Tom Cruise and the Historical Accuracy of The Last Samurai

As an American of Japanese descent, I am an expert on all things Japanese. Admittedly, I’ve spent little time in Japan, I can’t read the language, and I’ve never studied anything relating to – or rhyming with – Japan. Nonetheless, I satisfy the two …

Published: 14 years ago

Remembering June Jordan

June Jordan was the most amazing teacher. Ever. Period. Yet, despite being one of the many fortunate students she transformed into a poet, I can’t seem to conjure up a metaphor that truly captures her. No twister, tsunami, or tidal wave illustrates the force …

Published: 16 years ago

My Reality TV Show Audition

In autumn 2000, while clerking for Judge Browning on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, I received an email from Stanford Law School alumni services letting us Class of ’99 alums know about a new TV show that a company called Renegade 83 Entertainment …

Published: 20 years ago

Why The World Wants More Astrologists Than Economists

(adapted from my 1996 commencement speech to the Economics Department at U.C. Berkeley)   My fellow graduates in economics, today we face the terrifying discomfort of not being students any longer. Upon receiving our diplomas, many of us switch from the statuts of student …