Alex Sugiura was featured, along with his brother and other mixed-race Americans, in the 125th anniversary issue of <em>National Geographic</em> <em>Magazine</em> in October. The brothers are of Japanese and Eastern European descent, but people often mistake Alex for Hispanic.
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Alex Sugiura, lower left, with his family. His father is first-generation Japanese American, and his mother is Jewish of Eastern European ancestry.
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Alex's brother, Max Sugiura, self-identifies as Japanese, Jewish and Ukrainian.
NPR continues a series of conversations about The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.
Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 11:16 am
The vicious typhoon that raged through the center of the Philippines appears to have killed hundreds, if not thousands of people, and officials were reportedly struggling Sunday to distribute aid to survivors left homeless and destitute.
Deaths in the province of Leyte — mainly from drowning and collapsed buildings — could escalate to 10,000, the regional police chief told the AP. The administrator of the province capital, Tacloban, said the toll could climb that high in the city alone.
In 1963, the jazz pianist George Shearing, an enormously popular act in his day, made an album that was unusual for him. He asked his new, 20-year-old vibraphone player to write an album of contrapuntal, classical-music-inspired compositions, and recorded them with a woodwind quintet atop a jazz rhythm section. It's out of print now, but Out of the Woods received good reviews, and it remains an early career highlight for its young architect, Gary Burton.
The Red Earth Festival, now in its 28th year will be making a move from downtown Oklahoma City to Remington Park, where the wide open spaces, and that means parking spaces, will be a better fit for all attending.
Eric Oesch has been with the Festival since the beginning, he’s the deputy director for Red Earth Incorporated. He sees this move as a way to make it easier for all concerned.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it's seeing an increase in the number of vehicle collisions with animals.
Troopers have responded to several crashes throughout the state in recent days, and officials want to remind motorists of the dangers associated with driving this time of year.
Capt. George Brown says that with cooler temperatures settling in, there has been an increase in wildlife movement around state roadways. Brown says the patrol's goal is to remind motorists to use caution when driving, especially in rural areas.
A group representing Oklahoma educators is giving State Superintendent Janet Barresi an 'F' grade for her administration's handling of the new A-F report cards for public schools.
The Oklahoma Education Association held a press conference Friday to deliver the grade to the first-term Republican. OEA President Linda Hampton said the 35,000-member association has "no confidence" in the grades.