Archives for April 2017

Breast cancer rates among Asian Americans on rise

Unlike other ethnic groups, Asian Americans experienced an increase in breast cancer rates over the last 15 years, according to researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). Breast cancer incidents remained stable or declined in most U.S. populations over the same period. In the first study to break down statistics by Asian American […]

Nikkei standing up

Friends, Since the election of Donald Trump, I hope that you’ve taken some action to stand up and show your resistance to his racist, misogynistic and hateful statements and actions like the travel ban, the Muslim registry and the attacks on immigrants and refugees. These actions identify and target a group of people as the […]

‘There are no do-overs’ – Advocates sound alarm on 2020 Census

With the 2020 Census three years out, civil rights groups and census experts are sounding the alarm that pending actions by the Trump administration and Congress could severely hamper an accurate count of all communities. “Congress’ failure over the past few years to pay for rigorous 2020 Census planning, and now the Trump Administration’s insufficient […]

Massive outage in S.F. caused by fire at PG&E substation

A massive power outage in San Francisco was caused by a fire at a PG&E substation, a PG&E official said at a press conference April 21. “I’d like to extend our apologies to our customers,” said Barry Anderson, vice president of electric distribution for PG&E. “The outage was caused by a catastrophic failure in one […]

Japanese dance teacher who brought joy to WWII inmates remains active at 99

LOS ANGELES — Fujima Kansuma, the legendary Japanese dancer who taught several thousand students in a career that has spanned nearly eight decades, participated in a little-known part of history when she overcame obstacles to share her art with Japanese American inmates during World War II. When hostilities erupted between America and Japan, resulting in […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: A spot of tea

From one single plant, almost every culture has a beverage based on the dried leaves of Camellia sinensis, whether it’s the drink of choice for the average Brit’s afternoon ritual, tea for the formal chanoyu (tea ceremony) or somewhere in between. In the case of the Gochiso Gourmet, it’s the rum cocktail. But tea has […]

Examining the JA exclusion from the U.S. military’s perspective

The San Francisco Presidio Trust opened “Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration,” April 1 inside the Presidio Officers’ Club. The museum exhibit commemorates the 75th year since the U.S. military issued 108 exclusion orders leading to the forced incarceration of some 120,000 people of Japanese descent in U.S. concentration camps […]

Local leaders praise injunction blocking sanctuary executive order

A federal judge in San Francisco April 25 issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking an executive order by President Donald Trump that threatened to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities and counties. U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled in a pair of lawsuits filed by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County. He […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Love of heaven and earth

天 (Ten) means “heaven.” The top line indicates the sky or universe and the bottom lines indicate a big person who is standing with open hands. 地 (Chi) means “earth or soil.” The left side represents the ground and the right side symbolizes a snake. This is to show that the earth is not flat, […]

OBITUARY: Gerald Haruo Hayashida

HAYASHIDA, GERALD HARUO, 71, of Reno, NV passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Gerald was born in Detroit, MI on August 20, 1945 to John and Harriet Hayashida. At an early age they relocated to the E. Bay where Gerald attended school in Berkeley and also lived in Oakland. Gerald participated in basketball in […]

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