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Asian American Actor and Writer Lane Nishikawa

Nishikawa's one-man show "I'm on a Mission from Buddha," is about some of the culturally-based absurdities he's endured as a Japanese-American. Nishikawa said he wrote it to answer, "all the nerdy, cliche-ridden, Asian-American images." His characters include a Japanese-American World War Two hero and a Sushi-phobic redneck. "I'm on a Mission from Buddha," can also be seen on PBS. Nishikawa is the former Artistic Director of the Asian American Theatre Company in San Francisco and has taught creative writing in the Asian American Studies Dept at San Francisco State University.

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Other segments from the episode on February 12, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 12, 1993: Interview with Chai Feldblum; Interview with Lane Nishikawa; Commentary on the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

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