Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and Reporter, Short Stories, Humor, Inspiration & Motivational Essays & Poetry
Elephant Journal.com http://www.elephantjournal.com/author/francesca-biller/
Open Salon.com Funny Girl With a Serious Attitude http://open.salon.com/blog/checka
I've Got Issues Much Ado About Something, From a Japanese Jew http://www.francescabiller.org
Published and Appearances:
Japanese American National Museum, The Chicago Sun Times, Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, The Huffington Post, Open Salon.com, ElephantJournal.com, Discover Nikkei, Senses Magazine, Lakeview House International Journal, USA on Race.com, The Syndicated News, BabyZone, Jewish News Weekly of San Francisco, KCSN Radio, CBS Radio, Syrius Radio, The Daily Buzz - Nationally syndicated television show
Subjects of Interest and Special Coverage
Japanese-American & Hapa Culture * Jewish Humor & Satire * Art & Culture * Parenting Philosophy & Advice * Essays & Short Stories * Inspiration & Motivation * Women * Relationships * Spiritual Growth * Culture of the 1960's & 1970's * Music * Buddhism * Poetry
The Following is a List of my published articles under different Subject Headings:
Japanese & Jewish American Culture: Jewish History, Humor and Cultural History
My Japanese-Jewish Girl Fears -- Matzah Sushi -- Menorah Musubi -- Japanese Jew Doesn't Oy Veh So Much Since Obama -- Honoring Japanese American World War II Veterans -- To My Fellow Jews, Stop Naming Diseases After Ourselves Already, Oy Veh --- Pearl Harbor: A Personal History of Triumph and Success -- A Japanese Jewish Family remains Bonded through Shared Recipes -- Out of the Confluence of Race & Ethnic Heritage, Artistic Masterpieces Emerge -- Family Meals that Integrate Rather than Segregate -- The Joys of a Buddhist Jewish Christmas -- How "Not" to Fear Everything, From a Japanese-Jew
How "Not" to Fear Everything, From a Japanese-Jew -- To My Fellow Jews, Stop Naming Diseases After Ourselves Already, Oy Veh -- My Japanese-Jewish Girl Fears -- How "Not" to Fear Everything, From a Japanese-Jew -- Menorah Musubi -- My Japanese-Jewish Girl Fears
Essays & Short Stories: Childhood, The 1970's, Generations Past and Future
The Exotic & Erotic Truth about Female Writers -- For Happier Children: Be Happy First -- When the Teenagers Mowed Lawns -- What Our Grandparents Knew -- The Suffering of Men & Boys -- When Children Played Outside & Were Happier For It -- People Without Children are Worthy Humans Too -The Beauty of Fathers & Why We Need Them -- Laughter is the Best Medicine -- A Growing Trend: Kids & Self Harm -- Why Parents Need to be Happy --
Music and Art: Jazz, Rock and Roll, Art Philosophy, Memoirs
My Life's Soundtrack, According to Dave Brubeck -- Neal Armstong's Passing, The Death of an American Dream -- Phyllis Diller Inspired Me to be a Female Comedian -- Dick Clark, a Pioneer for Black Musicians & American Culture --
Parenting and Adult Relationships: Stories, Advice and Motivation, Inspirational
Ten Things Every Young & Older Girl Should Know -- How to Stay Young & Hot Forever: Advice from a 96-year-old Grandma -- Ten Steps Closer to Sanity -- A Growing Trend: Kids & Self Harm -- 25 Ways to Get a Man to Break Up With You -- People Without Children are Worthy People Too -- The Pros & Cons of Dating a Senior Citizen -- When the Children Played Outside & Were Happier for It --
Inspirational Philosophy: Deep Inspirational Ideologies, Buddhism, Spiritual Articles and Advice
Five Ways to be Happier & Less Depressed through Buddhism -- The Gift of Now & How to be Happy in the Present -- Broken Was What Made Me Free -- How to Get Anything You Want by Giving it All Away -- Here's to the Forgotten this Holiday Season -- The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Why Our Kids Don't Care About the Election -- On LockDown for the Death of Journalism -- Obama and The Fear of the Capable Black Male -- Beatles' Songs that Define this Election and Don't -- Women, Self-Hatred, & Romney's Appeal -- Understanding Obama and his Hawaiian Political Roots -- The Kennedy's Optimism, Camelot, & Today -- Blacks Die at Highest Rates in U.S. -- No Apologies for Being a Mother, Thanks to Michelle Obama
Not "Voting" made my Grandma Drop Her "Boy Toy" -- Post Traumatic Convention Disorder -- Should the Undecided Be Allowed to Vote -- Palin to Marry Moose & Other Intellectual Pursuits -- Get Ready to Rumble, The Biden-Ryan Debate -- The Future of My Body under Biden & Ryan -- The Undecided's Just Want Attention, and they're Insane --
Poetry: Culture, Personal History, War, Family, Suffering, Relationships, Abstractionism
--- List Above Not Completed, a Continual Work in Progress as I am publishing new material weekly
Writing Awards: The Edward R. Murrow award, two Golden Mike awards, four Society of Professional Journalists First Place awards and The Los Angeles Press Club for Excellence in Reporting.
Of Interest, Other Careers and Experiences:
Chosen by People Magazine for their 'Most Natural Issue' 2012, Model for Print and Television, Jazz and Rock and Roll Singer & Performer, Model, Artist, Fashion Designer, Dancer and Home Designer
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Internships: The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Los Angeles Times and CBS for the Assignment Desk and for Consumer Reporter David Horowitz.
Current: Writing and working on three books for publication.
The first is a novel about the highly revered 442nd World War II Battalion, the most decorated infantry in United States history. The "Go For Broke" Unit was comprised 100 percent of Japanese American soldiers. The backdrop of the book will be set in Hawaii during World War II and seen through the eyes and spirit of my mother, who was a little girl who survived both the Depression and the war on the Big Island of Hawaii.
The highly revered World War II Unit was comprised 100 percent of Japanese-American soldiers. Three of my uncles from Hawaii served in the 442nd Infantry and are decorated veterans, with one who is still alive and just turned 90. Although many Japanese-Americans were interned in the United States after the bombing attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese in Hawaii were not, as two-thirds of the Hawaiian population were Japanese at the time and interning them would have devastated the state's economy.
The second book is a compilation of essays about what it was like to grow up as a Japanese Jew in Los Angles and Hawaii with many insights about culture, art and music, including stories about my parents and their interesting circle of friends, all of whom are diverse and well known painters, musicians and artists including Ry Cooder, Herp Alpert, Gabby Pahinui, and other influential creatives during the 1960's and '70's.
The third is a collection of poetry, which cannot be accurately put into words. One will have to wait and read it in order to understand its meanings, subtle and deep and strangely moving words.
Greatest Influences and Inspirations:
My Parents, Les Biller- Artist and Writer, and Sumiko Biller, Fashion designer and Artist, Mark Twain, James Baldwin, Lucille Ball, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, The Marx Brothers, Michelangelo, Jean-Paul Sartre, W.B. Yeats, Phyllis Diller, Dylan Thomas, Mel Brookes, Monty Python, Maya Angelou, The Rolling Stones, Leonardo da Vinci, Ella Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Dr. Suess, Vincent Van Gogh, Caravaggio, The Brothers Grimn, Alfred Hitchcock, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Monty Python, Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Victor Hugo, William Faulkner, Franz Kafka, Rodney Dangerfield, Films of the 1940's, Akira Kurosawa, Louisa May Alcott, Bobby Darrin, Jewish Standup Comedians, John Coltrane, Yo Yo Ma,Erik Satie, Somerset Maugham, T.S. Elliot, Luciano Pavarotti, and so many more . . . and yes this list is a diverse one
You will find more information about projects and work on some of my other links on this website.
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