Archives for November 2015

Geary BRT meeting draws criticism, as pedestrian bridge demolition debate ensues

Frustrations peaked during the San Francisco County Transit Authority’s open house-format meeting Nov. 5, focused on the Geary Bus Rapid Transit’s draft environmental impact report and statement. Held at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, members of the public were invited to study and comment on the proposed $250 million plans to improve transit […]

Life with ‘Dr. Ken’ Suzy Nakamura discusses her new ABC sitcom

Suzy Nakamura is a veteran of many sitcoms, but her current series, “Dr. Ken,” marks the first time that two shows about Asian American families have aired at the same time on network TV. Following the success of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” now in its second season, “Dr. Ken,” created by, starring and co-executive […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Who gets to tell the Japanese American incarceration story?

What are the meanings to be found in our camp experience? And why am I puzzling over such a deep question, and why now? It’s because I am involved in an inquiry about the contents that are to be placed in the Topaz Museum. As many of you know, there has been a multi-year effort […]

Community-style gift picks

With the holidays upon us, we’re hoping to help you save some time as you shop for those on your shopping list. Our Holiday Shopping Guide offers unique and creative gifts and stocking stuffers with a Nikkei or Asian American spin. Star Holiday Cards Set and Notebook San Francisco artist Tomoko Maruyama’s  holiday cards will […]

‘Mori’ Tanimoto, Tule Lake Block 42 resister, dies

Mamoru “Mori” Tanimoto, one of about 35 men from Block 42 of the Tule Lake concentration camp who had been arrested for refusing to register for the controversial loyalty questionnaire, passed away Nov. 3, 2015. He was 95. During the past decade, both Mori and younger brother, Jim, became fixtures at the biennial Tule Lake […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Ho ho ho, the mistletoe

Growing up in the 50th, the Tatsumoto ohana (family) didn’t really get into the holiday season. For starters, to get into the spirit, it needs to be cold. Like, Seattle winds blowin’ through your jeans, duckin’ into every Eddie Bauer store to find the right size thermal underwear that you can wear right now, cold! […]

Civil rights icon Yasui to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama named civil rights icon Minoru Yasui and 16 other people as recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a statement issued Nov. 16 said. The nation’s highest civilian honor is presented to those “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to […]

U.S. designates WWII nuke projects sites as nat’l park

WASHINGTON — The United States on Nov. 10 designated three sites related to its nuclear weapons program in the 1940s as a national park, stepping up preparations to open it to the public over the next few years. Some U.S. officials told a designation ceremony that the National Park Service, the operator of the park, […]

Sale of Keiro Senior HealthCare upsets many in SoCal Nikkei community

LOS ANGELES —When Keiro Senior HealthCare, the nation’s largest nonprofit health care organization for Japanese Americans, announced the sale of its facilities to a for-profit real estate company, many concerned individuals protested the sale as a betrayal of the original founders’ mission to serve the Southern California Japanese American community’s elders. Keiro, which for more […]

Tanforan memorial proposed

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno was converted into the Tanforan Assembly Center in April 1942. At the height of what the government ultimately concluded as “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership,” some 8,000 people, most of them American citizens, were held there before being sent to the […]

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