Asian Jewish Life - A Journal of Spirit, Society and Culture
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Articles from the Current issue
Fully Jewish- Fully Chinese

A Photo Essay

by Jason Jia

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Writer's Desk

The Story of My Parents

Tales of Grandpa Eli

by Sophie Judah

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Film in Focus

Harbour of Hope

directed by Magnus Gertten

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Book Reviews

Firsthand Accounts of the Jewish Experience
in World War II Shangha

by Susan Blumberg-Kason

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An Accidental Israeli
A Trip to Manila Paves the Way Home
by Carl Hoffman

Congratulate me.

I have just reached an important milestone in life: five years in Israel. I realize, of course, that this short span of time pales before those reached by people who have lived in this country for decades—who built houses amidst sand dunes, who ventured out to establish communities in the middle of vast orange orchards, and who fondly remember their now bustling cities back when they were miniscule moshavim, lacking traffic lights or even paved roads. My unique milestone draws its significance [...] [
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Jewish Refugee Rescue
in the Philippines

The Cantor Joseph Cysner Story (Part 1)
by Bonnie M. Harris

Though I have never met him, I feel as if I know more about Cantor Joseph Cysner than any other person alive – perhaps even more than his children. I spent the better part of a decade researching this remarkable Holocaust survivor story. While documenting and penning his incredible tale, I often times felt the human at the center of the story was getting lost. Writing this article has helped me to find him again.[...] [read online...]

Becoming Observant in Tokyo
A Personal Shabbat Journey
by Liane Wakabayashi

This is the account of my journey in- progress toward becoming Shabbos- observant in Tokyo. I have been married for 22 years to Akihiko Wakabayashi, a practitioner of Eastern medicine and an increasingly supportive student of Jewish custom and faith. In a leafy suburb in Setagaya ward, Tokyo, we raise our two children, Mirai Miriam 15 and Seiji Hillel 10. Ten kilometers away, a fast drive down Kanana Dori, the Chabad House run by Rabbi Binyomin and Efrat Edery, leads to the beginning of my story. Becoming observant in Tokyo?
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On Stardom in China,
Award-Winning Fiction and Judaism

Interview with Rachel DeWoskin
by Jocelyn Eikenburg

During the mid-1990s, Rachel DeWoskin first dazzled audiences as the unlikely star of the Chinese soap opera Foreign Babes in Beijing -- an experience she captured in her 2005 memoir of the same title, exploring life and love (both on screen and off) in a changing China. Foreign Babes in Beijing has been published in six different countries and is currently being developed as a television series for HBO.

More recently, Rachel DeWoskin has dazzled readers
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Lo Mein to Laksa

Thai Spices of Chanukah
by Allaya Fleischer

As many of you know (especially if you are from, or have family or friends in the United States), this Chanukah is a rather historical one, where both Thanksgiving and Chanukah overlap. The first time this happened was in November of 1888, […] [read online...]

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