Archives for August 2015

Sac State to digitize World War II concentration camp documents

Sacramento State’s Japanese American Archival Collection (JAAC) is the largest holding of its kind in the California State University system. For that reason, Sac State will receive $40,000 — the largest share of a $321,000 National Park Service grant awarded to a consortium of 13 CSU campuses — to digitize original documents related to the […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The ultimate in sustainability

Early on in the history of restaurant dining, only the most privileged class could afford and patronize restaurants, so menus catered to those with lots of extra spare cash. They featured the most decadent ingredients, whether it was truffle and foie gras in France, swallow’s nest and shark fin in China or eggs and oysters […]

Zen living in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — Aside from running the renown jazz club and Japanese restaurant Yoshi’s in Oakland, Calif., the club’s owners and former married couple Yoshie Akiba and Kaz Kajimura share a uniquely Japanese home in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland. The home, built in the early 1960s next to a great brick Catholic priory, features […]

OBITUARY: Keiko (nee Yamamoto) Mizuhara

MIZUHARA, KEIKO (nee YAMAMOTO), 76, born March 25, 1939, passed away peacefully at home the morning of August 4, 2015 after a two-year battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Yosuke; sister, Michiko Matsumoto; son Kevin; daughter, Linda (Derek) Sanada; and grandsons, Cole and Jake Sanada. She is preceded in […]

‘Living in the Shadows of Exclusion’: LGBT Asian America

History may forget Asian Americans who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer spectrum, according to one historian involved in the LGBT movement. “History isn’t kind to those who are marginalized to multiple spaces. Your history doesn’t exist in the LGBT history, it doesn’t exist in the Asian American history,” said Anna […]

OBITUARY: Asako Sakai Yamashita

YAMASHITA, ASAKO SAKAI, 98, died July 30, 2015 in Santa Cruz. Born November 10, 1916 in San Francisco, she was the fifth child in a family of nine children. Her Japanese immigrant parents, Tei and Kitaichi Sakai, opened the Uoki Sakai Fish Market, operated by the family for 103 years in Japantown/Nihonmachi, San Francisco. Asako […]

OBITUARY: Kikuye Mary Kayano

KAYANO, KIKUYE MARY, 92, passed away on August 4, 2015. She was born in Marysville, California on October 23, 1922 and was a longtime resident of San Francisco, California. Predeceased by her husband, George Kenichi Kayano. She is survived by her sister, Rose Yoshiko Kubota and sister-in-law, Chiyoko Miyano.  Also many nieces and nephews. Kikuye […]

Iwakuma throws no-hitter against Orioles

SEATTLE — Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma became the first Japanese pitcher since Hideo Nomo to throw a major league no-hitter on Aug. 12 when he held the Baltimore Orioles hitless in his team’s 3-0 win. The 34-year-old Iwakuma threw 116 pitches, striking out seven batters and walking three, in the fifth no-hitter in Mariners […]

Abe upholds Japan’s past remorse over WWII, but no fresh apology

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upheld Japan’s past apologies over its wartime actions as “unshakable” in a statement issued Aug. 14 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, but stopped short of offering a fresh apology of his own. “The most important message to be conveyed by the statement […]

Responding to racism

At the risk of giving undeserved attention to Donald Trump and the political spectacle created by his campaign, I feel compelled to respond to his racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric in the context of the history of scapegoating, disenfranchisement, and criminalization of immigrants in the United States. Trump’s recent comments characterizing Mexican immigrants as “criminals” and […]

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