Archives for May 2017

OBITUARY: Amey Aizawa

AIZAWA, AMEY, 94, a longtime resident of the Carlisle in San Francisco, passed away peacefully with many family members and friends by her side on the afternoon of April 23, 2017. Amey was born on July 24, 1922, in Delano (now Visalia) California and was the oldest of four children. She resided in the central […]

School’s in session in S.F.’s Japantown

Following some five years of planning, fundraising and construction, Nihonmachi Little Friends opened its doors to its new Sutter Street building May 19 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by several dozen of those involved with the preschool. Founded in 1975 to provide community-based Japanese bilingual and multicultural childcare, the preschool located in San Francisco’s Japantown […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Natto dinner at Koko Head Café

Because June signals the arrival of the annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival — held this year Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral at 1111 Gough St. (at Geary Blvd.) near San Francisco’s Japantown — get ready for your fill of all things […]

OBITUARY: Kimio Kanaya

KANAYA, KIMIO, 84, of Foster City, passed away on May 16, 2017 due to a pneumonia illness. Kimio was born April 27, 1933 in Seattle, Washington to parents, Kiu Kanaya and Mitsuko Sasaji. He was interned with his family at Tule Lake and lived in Oregon after WWII. He moved to the Santa Clara Valley […]

The unintended consequences of hate

This story was reported using data from ProPublica’s Documenting Hate Project. This project is collecting reports to create a national database of hate crimes and bias incidents for use by journalists and civil-rights organizations. If you’ve been a victim or a witness, use the form below to tell us your story. SAN JOSE, Calif. — […]

U.S. appeals court hears arguments on revised travel ban

Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Hawai’i argued before a federal appeals court May 15 about whether the panel should consider President Trump’s campaign comments when deciding on the constitutionality of his revised travel ban. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the arguments in Seattle […]

Mass killer pleads no contest to seven counts of murder

OAKLAND, Calif. — One Goh pleaded no contest May 2 to seven counts of first-degree murder and three counts of premeditated murder for killing seven people in a shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland five years ago. Goh, 48, also pleaded no contest to the special circumstance allegations of committing a murder during a […]

U.N. panel calls for revising Japan-S. Korea ‘comfort women’ deal

GENEVA — The U.N. Committee against Torture called on Japan and South Korea to revise their 2015 deal to settle the long-standing row over women who were forced into wartime Japanese military brothels. The agreement should be modified to “ensure that the surviving victims of sexual slavery during World War II are provided with redress, […]

Calif. Civil Liberties projects announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program announced in a statement May 2 that 29 California groups will receive funding for projects to remember the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans, as well as “present-day civil liberty issues.” The State Library has awarded more than $922,000 has been awarded by the State Library […]

Palo Alto: Data analysis company agrees to $1.6M settlement of bias allegations

PALO ALTO, Calif. — A Palo Alto-based data analysis company has agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to settle a U.S. Department of Labor charge that it discriminated against Asian applicants for software engineering jobs. Palantir Technologies Inc. provides software and data analysis services for government agencies and private industry. It received $340 million […]

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