Archives for July 2017

Korean star Jae-Gyun Hwang powers his way to Giants history

In a dismal season, San Francisco Giants fans had a reason to celebrate June 28. Playing at home versus the Colorado Rockies, Jae-Gyun Hwang made history as the first Korea-born player to suit up for the Giants. In his major league debut, the 29-year-old infielder hit a dramatic, go-ahead home run in the sixth inning. […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: A behind-the-scenes glimpse at a historian’s work documenting JA stories

One of the burdens of my work as a historian of Japanese Americans is the continuing sense of time passing. I have a continuing need to find people before they move out of reach, due to death or disability. Now, I realize that, on one level, I have less ground for complaint than most. After […]

Shigeaki Hinohara, Japan’s centenarian doctor, dies at 105

TOKYO — Shigeaki Hinohara, honorary head of St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo who continued practicing as a doctor after turning 100 and was a well-respected cultural figure, died from respiratory failure on July 18, the hospital said. He was 105. During his more than half-century as a physician at one of Tokyo’s leading hospitals, […]

OBITUARY: Yuki Shibata Ashizawa

ASHIZAWA, YUKI SHIBATA, 93, born May 23, 1924, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mas Ashizawa, parents Kiyoshi and Ai Nakamura, brothers Ichiro, Jiro and Sam and sister Kiyo. Yuki is survived by Carol Yuki (Tom), Karen Shinoda, Sue Shibata (Tim), Mark Ashizawa, Phil (Eunice) Ashizawa, […]

A year later, Pokemon Go is fitness tool for older people

OSAKA  — About a year after the craze over the release of Pokemon Go, the smartphone app game has largely become a tool for middle-aged and older people to stay fit as well as a way for some Japanese tourist spots to attract visitors. One day in early July, 48-year-old Tsutomu Misago was touching the […]

7 life terms for mass killing at Oakland university

OAKLAND, Calif. — One Goh was sentenced July 14 to seven consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 271 years to life in state prison for killing seven people in a shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland five years ago. Goh, 48, a Korean national, said in a statement […]

Napa: Detour sign altered to demean ethnic group

Caltrans was told on July 2 about a detour sign in Napa that was hacked or changed to read something hateful, a Caltrans spokesman said July 7. Caltrans was alerted at 11:45 p.m. of the sign on state Highway 121 where the Sarco Creek Bridge Replacement Project is underway that said “Caution Asian Drivers,” spokesman […]

OBITUARY: Tom Yoshiteru Taniguchi

TANIGUCHI, TOM YOSHITERU, 96, entered into rest on June 22, 2017. Born June 19, 1921 in Fresno CA. Preceded in death by his wife Ruth of 55 years. Survived by son Alan (Marge), daughter Teri, granddaughter Vicki (Grayson) and numerous nieces and nephews. Services has been held.

Supporters of Muslim Americans outnumber Muslim haters

On a bright and windy morning last Saturday (June 10), Esther and Neal, a middle-aged couple, drove 60 miles from Richmond to San Jose to express their solidarity with Muslim Americans. They were motivated to come after hearing about the rally a group called ACT for America (AofA) were organizing against Sharia Law in the […]

82-year-old DJ puts unique spin on Tokyo’s club scene

TOKYO — Sumiko Iwamuro knows a thing or two about juggling work. She spends her days behind the counter at a family-run specialty gyoza dumpling restaurant and nights once or twice a month moonlighting under her stage name DJ Sumirock. It is an impressive feat for someone 82 years old, although she insists otherwise. At […]

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