Archives for November 2011

What Dad said

When I was 11 years old, I watched “Go for Broke” on television. The 1951 film is about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was comprised of Nisei soldiers. My father was working on our car in the driveway. I did not hear him come into the living room behind me. Dad said: “Those guys […]

MIYAGI FOOD: Healthy, delicious and safe

Since the tragic earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s Tohoku region more than eight months ago, Japan has seen substantial decreases in foreign tourism. Many areas directly affected by the disaster are also experiencing decreased domestic and foreign sales of local food products amid concerns for radiation safety. The Consulate General of Japan in San […]

Group preserves historical building in Walnut Grove

Dear Editor, In November 2011, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency finished the Rehabilitation Project on the Walnut Grove Gakuen. The building is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The structure was built in 1927 by Issei pioneers to provide a place for their children to learn Japanese language and culture. As Japanese Americans […]

Seriously, Syria

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. There are so many “hot spots” around the world that tourists are frightened to visit, such as Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, Iraq and even Israel. Visas are also not easy for Americans to obtain. While all of these countries have unique sites of special interest […]

Latino, Filipino press debate: did Pacquiao really win?

The contentious win of Manny Pacquiao over Juan Manuel Márquez on Nov. 12 has sparked a heated debate in Latino and Filipino media, where reporters, bloggers, and fans are arguing over who really won the fight. Manny Pacquiao was declared the winner by majority decision, with two judges scoring the fight 115-113 and 116-112. The […]

Microsoft Alumni Foundation awards Densho’s Tom Ikeda $25K

SEATTLE — Bill and Melinda Gates announced the Microsoft Alumni Foundation’s 2011 Integral Fellows winners Nov. 16. at the third annual celebration to honor former Microsoft employees for making a meaningful difference in the daily lives of others. The Foundation, which was established in 2007, aims to make a difference in the world through the […]

Holiday cards for hope

Are you looking for your holiday cards for the season? The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s (JCCCNC) Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund is selling bags with a set of 12 holiday cards ($35) that the survivors from the Tohoku area — which was stricken by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear […]

Japanese American National Museum shop a cultural treasure trove

‘Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles’ DVD ($19.95) Help the activist or historian in your life to delve into the post-World War II legacy of Japanese Americans in Los Angeles with this DVD (43 min.), which is named for the exhibit currently on display at the Japanese American […]

Shop at home! Web-based gifts for the holidays

The holiday season is officially here, so of course, that means that it’s time to start shopping. The crowds at the malls, the lines at the post office and of course, the craze of Black Friday — we’ve all been there before. Want to avoid the stress? Get a head start on the holiday shopping […]

National JA Historical Society offers handmade and heartfelt gifts

The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) has a vast collection of gifts you can slide in to your family members’ stockings as slyly as a ninja. Support local artisans and programs through these gift ideas. Hand-Crafted Earrings ($20 to $32) Avoid the generic and accessorize with earrings crafted by Leslie Yee Murata. The simple […]

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