Archives for January 2010

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Nichi Bei Helps Keep Community Connected

We’re heading into a brave new world where a mighty effort is being made to keep Asian American journalism alive. I refer to the valiant battle to keep the Nichi Bei Weekly in publication and reach out to our increasingly spread out and fragmented community. And yet, many, if not most of us, would very […]

Saijo Hideki, the Ultimate Entertainer

Relaxed, coiffed and dressed stylishly in a skinny tie and patent shoes, Hideki Saijo does not look the least bit jetlagged from a 10-hour plane ride. Speaking fondly of his career, band members and memories of San Francisco, he is completely at ease, which would make sense, given that he has entertained and performed in […]

LETTERS: Congratulations on the Launch of the Nichi Bei Weekly

Dear Editor, I wish to congratulate the Nichi Bei Weekly for continuing your publication. It is a vital source of news for the Japanese in California, etc. We have 35 Japanese residents at the Sequoias-San Francisco now. I will urge them to contribute to the Nichi Bei Foundation membership department. Likewise, I will appeal to […]

Making a Little Green in the Clean Energy Economy

Megan Emiko Scott works in the Washington, D.C. office of Green For All, an environmental nonprofit based in Oakland, Calif. An Oakland native herself, the Yonsei grew up participating in activities with the Buddhist Church of Oakland and the Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association. After receiving her bachelor’s at NYU, she earned a master’s in public […]

An Untapped Power

Common stereotyping pegs the typical environmentalist as a haphazardly groomed, Birkenstock-wearing, granola-munching, modern day hippie. In reality, these individuals come in all shapes, sizes, hairstyles and dietary habits; no singular demographic holds a monopoly on concern for the earth. An ecological mindset can be adopted by just about anyone — especially Asian Americans, it turns […]

OBITUARY: Eiko Honda Sugihara

SUGIHARA, EIKO HONDA, a resident of Richmond, Calif., died on December 4, 2009 in a car fire in Lafayette, Calif. Eiko was born on February 10, 1923, to Kichisaburo and Ayako Honda in Redwood City, Calif. She was the middle child, between two brothers, Osamu and Hiroshi. Eiko attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City, […]

OBITUARY: Katsuto Takei

TAKEI, KATSUTO, passed peacefully in his sleep on December 12, 2009, at the age of 94 years. He grew up in Santa Cruz, Calif., attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry, graduating in 1937 with honors in Physics-Optometry. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa “Honor” Society. Dr. Takei was a […]

OBITUARY: Seda Shizuko Suzuki

SUZUKI, SEDA SHIZUKO, 97, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2010 in Berkeley, Calif. She was born on October 28, 1912, in Colorado, where she grew up on a farm. In 1934, she married Lester Suzuki, whom she met while he was attending seminary in Denver.  She graciously served as a pastor’s wife for over […]

The Art of Sumo

  In a current exhibition in San Francisco, local artists re-imagine the traditional Japanese sport of sumo in entirely untraditional ways, often pairing the iconic rotund athletes with quirky pop-culture images. A sumo wrestler battles a giant sharp-toothed monster as onlookers gasp below. Orange-haired clown wrestlers trade blows, with balloons bursting from their open mouths. […]

Kristi Yamaguchi’s ‘Dream’ Playground Now a Reality

Children in wheelchairs cheerfully zoom around the new playground in Fremont’s Central Park. Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi’s dream of a playground where all children, including those with disabilities, can play together has become a reality. The one-acre Always Dream PlayPark, which was funded by Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation, opened on Jan. 16 in her […]

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