Archives for January 2013

OBITUARY: George Gengo Miyahara

Miyahara, Gengo George, 88, passed away Jan. 13, 2012. He was born in San Francisco Mar. 1, 1924, loving husband of the late Hannah Miyahara, preceded in death by sisters Uriko Hirokawa and Sachiko Takahashi. He is survived by many nieces and nephews as well as lifelong friends Tsutomu Tut Sumimoto and Charles Wacky Sumimoto. […]

FULL COUNT: Giants sign Tanaka as WBC rosters take shape

On Jan. 10, the San Francisco Giants signed free agent infielder Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter will compete with Wilson Valdez for the utility spot behind Marco Scutaro. The speedy Tanaka has 161 stolen bases and was a .286 hitter during his 13-year […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Veggies and the art of dry cooking

OK — that was my take on “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values,” which really didn’t translate too well. Oh well! But unlike Robert Pirsig, who states in his introduction that despite the title, there is no factual information on Zen Buddhism or motorcycles, this article does contain pertinent information […]

Japan, U.S. officials continue probe of Dreamliner battery maker

TOKYO (Kyodo News) — Japanese and U.S. aviation authorities continued on Jan. 22 their probe into GS Yuasa Corp., the maker of lithium-ion batteries used in Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner jets grounded after a recent series of mishaps. The authorities are looking into whether the batteries were designed in line with Boeing’s order by checking […]

Calif. State Personnel Board apologizes for WWII firing of Nikkei employees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Tear-choked stories of past injustices moved the California State Personnel Board to unanimously vote to apologize for its 1942 firing of 265 employees of Japanese ancestry at its Jan. 10 meeting in Sacramento. The Japanese American Citizens League and Asian Pacific State Employees Association, guided by the efforts of Lorna Fong, a […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Woody Guthrie, folk singer, songwriter and musician, and friend of Nikkei

Japanese Americans were not able to find many outside supporters during the early days of World War II. Even in cosmopolitan New York, Socialist party leader Norman Thomas, the only national political figure to oppose Executive Order 9066, later stated that he never in his life found an issue on which it was so difficult […]

LET’S TALK: About coping with stress

You may notice that some days just go along quite smoothly, and you hardly notice any emotional or physical discomfort. Other days, you may find yourself feeling agitated, irritable and even a little sick, or on the other hand, excited, exuberant and anxious. These may just be the normal ups and downs of life, or […]

Allure of taiko drums resonating across Pacific

KANAZAWA, Japan — With a dream of raising traditional Japanese taiko drumming to worldwide prominence, a centuries-old maker of the instruments used in the culturally significant music form is creating a business foothold in Los Angeles. Asano Taiko Co. has been preparing to open a Los Angeles shop and launch a taiko lesson course in […]

Polls show Asian Americans reflect a range of political leanings

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund published a report Jan. 17, detailing the results of a multilingual exit poll of 9,096 Asian Americans in 14 states during last year’s presidential elections. AALDEF said in a statement that Asian Americans vary in political beliefs on policies across ethnic lines and by geographic locations. The […]

NDAA law on indefinite detention risks repeating Japanese American incarceration injustice

On Dec. 17, 2012, the families of Fred Korematsu, Minoru Yasui, and Gordon Hirabayashi filed an amicus brief in Hedges v. Obama, a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA). The brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second […]

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