“Pearl Harbor”:Den Beste articulates some of the things I feel when I walk out of my building, go along Madison Street and turn left at 9th to go toward the BART station and walk under a huge billboard advertising the movie. What marketing wizard put it there, I wonder, on the edge of Oakland’s Chinatown? (Not that most of the Chinese-American folks in the neighborhood are going to be rooting for the Japanese, y’understand.) Makes me wonder if there are similar ads in S.F.’s Japantown or L.A.’s Koreatown or other West Coast majority-Asian or historically Asian districts like Seattle’s International District or the Chinatowns in Portland, Ore., or Vancouver, B.C.

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