Archives for April 2010

City, Community Leaders Convene Over Racial Tensions

(Bay City News Service) — A series of recent highly publicized crimes in San Francisco involving Chinese victims have heightened tensions between the Asian and black communities, prompting city leaders on April 26 to call for a more proactive approach to community policing and outreach from the city. Following a lengthy meeting at City Hall […]

Wartime Nikkei Students Still Being Sought for Honorary Degrees from Universities, Colleges

The California Nisei College Diploma Project is still looking to identify Nikkei who are eligible to benefit from Assembly Bill 37 (AB 37). More than 2,500 students of Japanese descent were enrolled at California institutions of higher education in 1942, with the majority being Nisei. AB 37 became law on Oct. 11, 2009 and required […]

THE JOY OF STICKY SOY: Organic Megumi Natto Launches in California

With its signature stringiness and distinct, pungent smell, natto is a Japanese food made of soybeans that are soaked, steamed and finally, fermented. Usually only found in sushi restaurants and Asian supermarkets, the current natto market is dominated by frozen varieties. Minami Satoh, president of Japan Traditional Foods Inc., noticing the lack of readily available […]

Nikkei Dogs a Hit at Matsuri

SAN JOSE — There’s a new dog in town. No, it’s not top dog.  No it’s not Der Wienerschnitzel. No, it’s not a hot dog.  It’s the “Nikkei Dog” created just for the 2010 Nikkei Matsuri and premiered on April 25 in the festival food court. The Nikkei Dog has two varieties. One is a […]

OBITUARY:Matao “MATT” Shigio

SHIGIO, MATAO “MATT,” passed away peacefully on April 18, 2010 with devoted family members by his side. Matao was born in San Francisco on June 17, 1923 to Shichitaro and Yae (Kumamaru) Shigio. Beloved husband of the late Toshiko (Tanaka) Shigio, loving father of Dianne (Keith C. Harada, DDS), Randall (Linda Tatehara Shigio), and Roderick […]

OBITUARY: Misao Murakawa

MURAKAWA, MISAO, passed away on March 27, 2010 at the age of 95. Born in Watsonville, Calif., on March 20, 1915, she sailed to Japan with her parents and 4 siblings in 1919. She was raised and educated in Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, returning to CA as a picture bride for Toshio Murakawa in 1934. With […]

Overcoming Osteoporosis

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Masaye Mitsunaga accidentally fell and injured her lower back while getting out of bed one morning last May. The Sunnyvale woman, then 97, was believed to have hit the metal frame of her bed. The following day, the pain in her lower back was so severe that she was unable to move […]

Osteoporosis Higher Among Asian American Women

Asian American women are at higher risk for osteoporosis, national statistics show. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 20 percent of Asian American women older than age 50 are estimated to have the bone disease. Bob Nishime, a doctor in San Jose’s Japantown, said that Asian American women are particularly susceptible to osteoporosis. “It’s […]

43rd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Man Beaten in Downtown Oakland Attack Dies

OAKLAND (Bay City News Service) — The wife of a 59-year-old San Francisco man who died April 20 following a brutal attack in Oakland last week remembered her husband as “a normal person like you and me who was always a happy person with a sense of humor.” Speaking to about 250 people at a […]

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