Historian ‘illuminates’ JA history

THE GREAT UNKNOWN: JAPANESE AMERICAN SKETCHES By Greg Robinson (Boulder, Colo.: University Press of Colorado, 2016, 400 pp., $45, hardcover) In Kenji Taguma’s resplendent foreword to this latest of historian Greg Robinson’s cavalcade of exemplary volumes devoted to illuminating the Japanese American experience, he rightly observes that “The Great Unknown” is a work that “epitomizes […]

Nichi Bei Foundation awarded $30,000 grant from Takahashi Foundation

The Nichi Bei Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization that publishes the Nichi Bei Weekly Japanese American community newspaper, was awarded a $30,000 grant from The Tomoye and Henri Takahashi Charitable Foundation, the organization said. The grant will fund “ongoing administrative costs,” said an Oct. 3 letter from Masako Takahashi, chair of The Henri and Tomoye […]

Help us grow with our Membership Drive!

There is much news about Japanese American newspapers facing difficult challenges, threatening our collective existence, given the general downturn in advertising in today’s print media and a shift to more online sources. Here at the Nichi Bei Foundation and Nichi Bei Weekly, we have been at the forefront at how community media faces these challenges, […]

Brenda Wong Aoki to present true ‘Forbidden Love’ story in San Francisco

Storyteller and writer Brenda Wong Aoki will perform “Uncle Gunjiro’s Girlfriend: A True Story of Forbidden Love” with Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Izu and koto artist Shoko Hikage as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival starting Thursday, May 19 at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco. “In my […]

SoCal JA newspaper at ‘crisis point’

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles-based Japanese American newspaper The Rafu Shimpo is in danger of closing, its Publisher and President Michael Komai wrote in an open letter that was posted March 25. The Little Tokyo newspaper, whose origins date back to 1903, is currently at a “crisis point,” Komai wrote. “For the last three […]

Japanese community papers in fierce battle in U.S.

NEW YORK —  Often available for free at Japanese supermarkets and restaurants in major U.S. cities, Japanese community papers are competing hard with Internet media including bloggers for readers and struggling with generating ad revenues. The rise of community papers, meanwhile, has been partly responsible for at least two conventional paid newspapers serving the Japanese […]

Reinventing an ethnic newspaper as a cultural institution

  While daily newspapers across the country battle for their lives, a scrappy little ethnic newspaper in San Francisco’s Japantown is discovering new ways to survive. It is the Nichi Bei Weekly, and it’s become my poster child for the special role that ethnic news media can play in their communities. The elements of success […]

The evolving face of Nikkei media

  The media landscape was forever changed in the 21st century as readership increasingly moved online and economic hardships in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis rocked the world. Media outlets serving Japanese speakers and Japanese Americans did not escape the turmoil either. Within the last five years, the San Francisco Bay Area has […]

Special Announcement: Nichi Bei Foundation receives its own 501(c)(3) status

On behalf of the board and staff of the Nichi Bei Foundation, we are pleased to announce that we have finally received our own 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. This means that we can now receive contribution checks made out to the “Nichi Bei Foundation,” and not to a fiscal sponsor, which typically […]

Join us in fighting to save the community press

It was nearly five years ago when, during the worst of economic climates in four decades, we launched the Nichi Bei Foundation with nothing more than hopes and dreams, and some vision. It would have been easier to accept our fate with the old Japanese saying, shikataganai, or “it cannot be helped.” But with almost […]

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