Archives for December 2013

FULL COUNT: Giants, Athletics prep for spring

Spring Training begins in late-February and the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s are actively making roster changes that impact Japanese and JA players. In search of an everyday left-fielder as opposed to going with the platoon seen in 2013, the Giants wanted to trade for Norichika Aoki, but the Milwaukee Brewers dealt him to […]

For LGBT Asians, changes back home offer hope

NEW YORK — For Clara Yoon, there was never any question in her mind about helping her daughter when she came out as transgender in 2010. Yoon, who is Korean American, quickly joined a local support group for parents of LGBT children. She soon discovered, however, that she was the only Asian parent in the […]

For LGBT Asians, cultural barriers to marriage remain after DOMA

NEW YORK – When Jason Tseng first met his boyfriend at a support group meeting for gay Asian and Pacific Islander men in New York, he never would have guessed that three years later he’d be contemplating marriage. With the end of DOMA, the federal ban on same-sex marriage, they now have that chance. But […]

SJSU president appoints ex-judge to lead panel to probe alleged campus hate crimes

SAN JOSE (Bay City News) — The president of San Jose State University announced Dec. 5 that a former judge would lead a task force to look into hate crimes by four white students against a black student that allegedly occurred on campus from August to October. Mohammad Qayoumi, in a letter e-mailed to students, […]

Manzanar Committee launches petition to oppose Owens Valley Solar Ranch Project

LOS ANGELES – The Manzanar Committee announced that it has launched an online petition drive calling on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to halt its efforts to build their proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch Project, which the committee described as “a 200-megawatt solar energy generating facility that would consist of solar […]

The question of Shin-Nisei and Japanese American identity: Exploring Nikkei history at the Nikkei Youth Conference and creating models of Nikkei activism

On Nov. 16, I had the great pleasure to attend the Nikkei Youth Conference at the Berkeley Methodist United Church. I first heard about plans for the conference at the JACL’s most recent National Convention this July in Washington, D.C. from the JACL Berkeley chapter’s co-president. He mentioned that the conference would be centered on […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Underground dining

Several weeks ago, the Mrs. splurged for my birthday dinner with a trip to Vintage Cave restaurant hidden in the former warehouse of Shirokiya at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Vintage Cave has been in business for about a year, and originally was planned as an exclusive, members only club by brainchild and financier Takeshi […]

MIS veterans recall wartime hysteria and their military exploits

Several veterans who served in the Military Intelligence Service spoke about their wartime experiences on the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor at the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center at the Presidio of San Francisco. The veterans, aged 88 to 92, spoke at the learning center Dec. 7 about their life from […]

The M.I.S.: We looked like the enemy, but we were Americans at heart

By MAJOR GEN. (Retired) ARTHUR ISHIMOTO (Editor’s Note: The following was the keynote presentation at the Nov. 11 opening of the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center.) I was a member of the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. This building has a connection to all of us who served in the MIS. We […]

Inouye posthumously receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — The late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye was one of 16 people to receive the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Nov. 20 at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. President John F. Kennedy established the medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, 50 years ago. Inouye served in the 442nd Regimental […]

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