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Japanese American Food Pioneers of California Cuisine

During the 1970s to the present day, Japanese American farmers and food retailers play huge roles in the development of California cuisine and farm to table movements.

By Sam Nakahira
Essays | Sam Nakahira, comic
August 21, 2019

Today, Americans are more aware than ever of their food choices—where the food comes from, its locality, how it was produced, and its health quotient. But back in the 1970s, local food movements were largely nonexistent. It was the Japanese Americans living in California who began advocating for local, organic farming. This comic tells the stories of Japanese American food pioneers in California who have changed how Americans eat.

—Sam Nakahira




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