Archives for January 2015

Celebration of life held for youth who took his life after being bullied

FOLSOM, Calif. — Nearly 600 people gathered in the main auditorium of Lakeside Church in Folsom, Calif. Jan. 10 to attend the celebration of life service for 12-year-old Ronin Shimizu, who took his own life Dec. 3, after years of being bullied. Among those who attended were Ronin’s family and friends, as well as members […]

Attorney General Kamala Harris announces run for U.S. Senate

California Attorney General and former San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris announced Jan. 13 that she is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Harris posted a statement on her Website www.kamalaharris.org the morning of Jan. 13 announcing the launch of her campaign, which comes less than a week after Sen. Barbara Boxer announced […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The incarceration of Indonesians in the United States: An untold story

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. As the Pacific War drew to a close, the War of Independence broke out in Indonesia. Javanese sailors working on British and Dutch ships, who faced deportation once the war ended, became fearful that they would be sent back on the ships to carry arms […]

Aimee Sueko Eng begins career as Oakland school board member

Aimee Sueko Eng, one of three new Oakland Unified School District board members, decided to pursue public service following her interest in educational issues and her family’s legacy of political service. Starting this month, she assumes the role of board member representing District 2 of the school district, formerly represented by David Kakishiba. Eng works […]

Aoki inks 1-year, $4.7 million deal with Giants

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — The San Francisco Giants said Jan. 19 they have signed outfielder Norichika Aoki to a one-year contract in which he will be guaranteed $4.7 million. The 33-year-old Aoki played last season with Kansas City, which lost the World Series to the Giants in seven games. San Francisco has won world championships […]

A senior citizen’s letter to the future

With a racial and age demographic shift on the horizon, Stanford University launched a mini-fellowship to educate the general public on how they can serve ethnic minority seniors. Through it, gerontologist Laurie Ulrick developed a project for Japanese American seniors to pass on their life experiences and cultural values, but she found that working with […]

Lack of diversity in 2015 Oscar nominations criticized

The Academy Awards announced its nominations for the 2015 awards Jan. 15, but with a distinct lack of diversity in nominations. No people of color were nominated for leading or supporting roles, which fueled backlash against the Academy shortly after they were announced. Despite the Academy nominating “Selma,” a film on Martin Luther King Jr.’s […]

Abe vows to work with international community to save two hostages

TOKYO/LONDON  — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Jan. 21 to make utmost efforts for an early release of two Japanese held apparently by the Islamic State extremist group, with Britain and several other countries offering support. “We will take all possible measures in the international fight against this despicable terrorism,” Abe told reporters after he […]

Wayne Maeda Educational Fund

Please Support the Nichi Bei Foundation’s Wayne Maeda Educational Fund   To honor the spirit and legacy of the late educator, historian and Nichi Bei Foundation founding board member Wayne Maeda, the Nichi Bei Foundation established the Wayne Maeda Educational Fund to help fund educational programs within the community, such as our annual Films of […]

OBITUARY: Susie Shizuko Nakamura

NAKAMURA, SUSIE SHIZUKO, 93, born May 21, 1921, entered Nirvana on Dec. 13, 2014. Preceded in death by husband, Kameo Nakamura and son, Arthur Nakamura. Survived by daughter Lucille Billingsley, and grandchildren, Michelle, Victoria, and Marissa Billingsley. Private memorial service held on Dec. 27, 2014.

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