Archives for September 2009

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: Wakamatsu Has Shot for AL Manager of the Year

Some people around baseball might think that Don Wakamatsu puts David Copperfield and Harry Houdini to shame as far as magicians go. After all, he must be using smoke and mirrors — as well as pulling a few rabbits out of his cap — to get a team that finished with the worst record in […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 1)

Established in 1975, Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is a bilingual, multicultural childcare organization located in San Francisco’s Japantown. In 2002, NLF launched the Issei Women’s Legacy Project – a $2.2 million capital campaign to fund the purchase and renovation of the historic 1830 Sutter Street building. Completed in 1932, it was originally built as the […]

A-Bomb Survivors in America Examined by Hiroshima Doctors

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Atomic-bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, now living in North America, received health checks from a group of Japanese doctors Sept. 19 at a suburban Los Angeles hospital. The medical delegation, consisting of physicians and administrative personnel commissioned by the Japanese government and Hiroshima prefectural government, conducted medical exams including interviews, […]

“Strong ethnic media market gets new weekly” in the San Francisco Chronicle

Link to original article on By Benny Evangelista, Chronicle Staff Writer, Sunday, September 20, 2009 “A group of community leaders and journalists did something seemingly unusual last week – they started a newspaper, the Nichi Bei Weekly. But while its introduction comes as economic pressures are forcing publications to scale down or close, it also […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Rising of the Phoenix…or the Egg?

As the Nichi Bei Foundation embarks on a new journey as a nonprofit aiming to keep the community entwined with a newspaper, I have visions of that fabled Phoenix consumed in flames and reduced to ashes rising. Then again, maybe it wasn’t visions of the fabled Phoenix but simply of its common domesticated cousin, Gallus […]

Japantown Plan Moving Forward Slowly: Community Members Have “Second Chance” to Make Their Voices Heard

Community members still have a chance to influence the fate of the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP), which, once adopted, will govern how San Francisco’s Japantown will develop over the next several decades. Since property owners have postponed development due to the economic crisis and lack of city funding has slowed the planning process, community […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Look Forward to the Future

先 (Saki) means “front” or “future,” and consists of two parts. The upper section represents the sole of someone’s foot. The character below represents a pair of legs walking. Thus, together they represent “front” or “future.” 楽 (Tanoshime, Raku) which means “enjoy” or “look forward to,” is made up of two parts, as well. The upper character […]

The Nichi Bei as a Gateway to Community

When I first started writing for YO! Youth Outlook in 2004, I had no idea it would bring me closer to the Japanese American community. The subject matter, mostly stories of the lives of Asian American refugees, didn’t strike me as something the community would be interested in. I grew up both inside and outside […]

What Nichi Bei Meant to Me, Kimi Takemura in the Nichi Bei Times Weekly

Published in the Nichi Bei Times Weekly Sept. 10-16, 2009 By KIMI TAKEMURA When I came to California in 1979, I was surprised to see many Asian faces wherever I went, and some of them were Japanese! In Eugene, Oregon, where I spent years studying and working, not one Japanese family lived there as far as I […]

“Why the Japanese American Press Matters, Then and Now”: Tim Yamamura in the Nichi Bei Times Weekly

Published in the Nichi Bei Times Weekly Sept. 10-16, 2009 By TIM YAMAMURA During the first major wave of Japanese migration to the United States, roughly 1880-1924, the Issei found themselves in an unfamiliar, often times hostile world. They were actually a diverse group of people, stemming from regions throughout the Japanese archipelago, a country that at […]

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