Archives for September 2011

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Nisei exclusion at Penn (Pt. 2 of 3)

Editor’s Note: Part of this piece was previously published as ‘Admission Denied,’ in the Pennsylvania Gazette, January-February 2000 issue. In the spring of 1944, the University of Pennsylvania’s blanket policy excluding Japanese Americans rebounded strongly against it after Naomi Nakano, a senior majoring in philosophy in the College for Women, applied for admission to the […]

JCCCNC celebrates 25 years, honors longtime community fixtures

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) celebrated its 25th year since opening at 1840 Sutter St., with a night of entertainment, auctions and Hawaiian comfort food. More than 400 JCCCNC supporters attended the “25 Years of Opening Our Doors” fundraiser, held Sept. 24 at the center, which is located in San […]

Asian GOP Officials Ascend — With Little GOP Help

LOS ANGELES — Asian Republican politicians holding local offices around California want to increase their number. They met during the Republican Fall Convention in downtown Los Angeles Sept. 17 to discuss how the GOP can help candidates get elected and court Asian American voters. The Asian American population has grown 46 percent since 2000, making […]

TOWARD RECOVERY, HEALING: Japanese relief workers visit Bay Area for workshops

On the week of Sept. 18, 12 employees and volunteers who are aiding various relief and reconstruction efforts in the earthquake and tsunami devastated regions of Japan came to the Bay Area to learn about community-based health care, mental health services and training, and enjoy a brief respite to recover from the stress of the […]

A tribute to pioneers of taiko movement in U.S., PJ and Roy Hirabayashi

PALO ALTO, Calif. — A merry group of people enjoyed food, drinks and taiko while they reminisced with San Jose Taiko’s founders, PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, on a beautiful summer’s eve Aug. 21 at Stanford University. The party offered an opportunity for old and new friends to unwind after the 2011 North American Taiko Conference […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Odyssey of the Salmon

Need to keep moving … brown bear, dart right … current getting stronger, must be a waterfall … final kick then leap … whoa, another brown bear, whew, so tired but need to get to the shallows … to spawn … then die… This is both the beginning and the end of the odyssey of […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Nisei exclusion at Penn (Pt. 1 of 3)

Editor’s Note: Part of this piece was previously published as ‘Admission Denied,’ in the Pennsylvania Gazette, January-February 2000 issue. Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, was far removed from the endemic anti-Japanese American prejudice that marked the Pacific Coast during most of the 20th century. During World War II, Philadelphia’s tiny Japanese American population remained […]

J-Sei celebrates 40 years of community service, evolution

OAKLAND, Calif. — Some 240 supporters helped to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a cherished East Bay agency on Sept. 10, taking a video tour of the agency’s past while gaining some insight into its evolving future. And while the organization went through a name change and rebranding of its mission over the past year, […]

Two years … and still going …

With this issue, we have officially passed our two-year mark in publication as the first nonprofit ethnic newspaper of its kind in the country. Our first edition of the Nichi Bei Weekly, published on Sept. 17, 2009, featured the Spirit of Japantown Festival in San Jose — just as today’s special edition does. Launching the […]

WHAT’S NEW IN JAPANTOWN: San Jose’s J-Town welcomes new businesses as longtime restaurant owner retires

SAN JOSE — San Jose’s Japantown is abuzz with changes. A consignment shoe store, Sole on Ice, debuted in March. A specialty hat and cap store called Headliners opened in July during the Obon festival. Another business, Okayama’s Restaurant, has new owners. In addition, a new eatery called Jimbo’s will open soon. Randy Le serves […]

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