Archives for December 2009

Asian Grandparents Volunteering at Preschools

At Lotus Preschool located in San Jose’s Japantown, one of the senior volunteers, Kay Park, is teaching Japanese songs to the children. Park is 75 years old. She began volunteering at Lotus Preschool about three years ago, when her granddaughter, Cassidy Yoneda, first attended preschool there. Like many other Asian grandparents, Park has shared the […]

Government of Japan Honors Columbia Professor Takamura

NEW YORK — Professor Jeanette C. Takamura, dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work, has been honored with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for her contributions to the promotion of social welfare policies and programs and the status of Japanese Americans. First awarded in 1875, the Order […]

My Life as a Crusader

I am Ruth Shigeko Ishizaki (formerly Hirose) and I was born and raised on our family’s 80 acres of orange groves in Richgrove, California in the southern San Joaquin Valley, northeast of Delano, at the base of the Sierra Mountains. Since our orange grove was east of the California Highway 99 dividing line, called the […]

San Leandro School to Be Named for Civil Rights Icon Fred Korematsu

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — San Leandro High School’s new freshman campus will be named after the late Fred T. Korematsu — who challenged orders to go to a World War II American concentration camp — following a unanimous vote by the school board. “I hope my father’s story will be an inspiration to high school […]

The Quest for the Ultimate Spam Musubi

‘One Piece’ Manga Enjoys Unprecedented Popularity

TOKYO — The popularity of a manga comic titled “One Piece” remains unceasing with the circulation of the latest 56th volume put on sale this month totaling 2.85 million copies, marking the highest number for a first printing in the history of comic publications. The figure brought the total circulation of “One Piece” (featuring a […]

Students Help Families in Honduras Rebuild Lives

Shin Fujiyama will never forget an impoverished 10-year old girl named Juli Marroquin Rodas, whom he first met in the Honduran village of El Progreso in 2005 while volunteering with a college campus group. “She was carrying her baby brother on her back, helping her other brother with his homework and doing math problems herself […]

UC Berkeley’s Honorary Degree Ceremony a Time to Reflect

For most of the approximately 400 students who participated in the University of California Berkeley’s Dec. 13 winter graduation ceremony, the day represented the beginning of an exciting future as college grads. However, for a select group, the day marked a bittersweet end to a painful chapter in their past. Forty-two of the approximately 500 […]

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: Good-bye Gotham, Hello LaLaLand

Hideki Matsui and his World Series MVP trophy have left the Big Apple for the City of Angels to become, well, an Angel. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Matsui to a one-year deal worth a reported $6.5 million, quite a pay cut from the $s13 million he made in 2009 when he hit […]

Forum Examines Death and Rebirth of JA Press

A few dozen community members gathered at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco’s Japantown on Dec. 6 to discuss the state of the community’s Japanese American newspapers. The forum — co-sponsored by the Nichi Bei Foundation, the Japanese American National Library, the National Japanese American Historical Society and […]

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