Archives for January 2010

Support Grows for Ethnic Studies in SF High Schools

On Jan. 12, dozens of teachers, students, parents, professors and community organizers gathered at the San Francisco Unified School District’s board of education meeting in support of a proposal that would put ethnic studies courses in the city’s ninth grade classrooms. The proposed pilot classes would be taught in five high schools during the 2010-2011 […]

OBITUARY: Carnegie “Carney” Ouye Sr.

OUYE SR., CARNEGIE “CARNEY,” was born on February 11, 1921, in Acampo, Calif. He passed away on December 20, 2009, at age 88, in Sacramento, Calif. He was preceded in death by parents Kenichi and Sada, brothers Norman, Harold, Fred and Raymond, and sister Alice Taniguchi. He is survived by his wife Grace “Soupie” Ouye, […]

OBITUARY: Yoneko Yasuda Shimizu

SHIMIZU, YONEKO YASUDA, 96, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at her home in El Cerrito, Calif.  She is survived by her daughter Grace and her sister Shisuko Kurosawa. She was born in Auburn, Calif. and at age two, went to live with her grandparents in Kochi, Japan.  After World War II, she returned […]

San Jose Japantown Building Made Historic Landmark

SAN JOSE — The San Jose City Council on Jan. 12 voted unanimously to designate a restaurant building a historic landmark in the city’s Japantown District. The Historic Landmarks Commission recommended the designation of the Ken Ying Low building at 625 N. Sixth St., as Historic Landmark No. 180. The city’s Japantown, located just north […]

Kimochi’s Development Director Sandy Mori Retires

Nearly four decades after helping to co-found one of San Francisco Japantown’s well-known nonprofits, Sandy Ouye Mori has retired from her position as Kimochi, Inc.’s development director. Mori, whose retirement became official on Dec. 31, will spend more time in Sacramento helping to care for her 96-year-old mother, Grace Ouye. Mori has held her current […]

Obama Honors Two Japanese American Teachers

Two Japanese American teachers from Hawai‘i were recently honored by President Barack Obama at the White House with Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Liane Tanigawa and Seanyelle Yagi were among more than 100 educators from across the country who received awards from Obama on Jan. 6 as part of his “Educate […]

Seniors Connect to Community Through Art

On the lower level of the San Francisco Main Public Library, 90 pieces of the art — ranging in subject from portraits of the President and playful renditions of animals to colorful abstracts and peaceful landscapes — line the white walls. There are paintings in watercolor and acrylic; sketches done in pen, pencil and even […]

Landmark Salinas Cafe to Reopen as Asian Cultural Center

SALINAS, Calif. — The Republic Cafe in Salinas was once a bustling restaurant in Chinatown, which served as a central gathering place, for the city’s Japanese, Chinese and Filipino communities. Now, two decades later, federal funds will help to transform it into an Asian American museum and cultural center. By 2012, the abandoned Soledad Street […]

OBITUARY: Jack Hirose

Jack Hirose, a generous community philanthropist and pioneering Japanese American certified public accountant, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning, 2009. He was 86. Hirose was born on Feb. 10, 1923, the second son of parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture. He was raised in the family home in San Francisco’s Mission […]

New Alternative Proposed for Little Tokyo Light Rail

LOS ANGELES — Residents, workers and business people in Little Tokyo, who had been concerned about the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) plan to possibly run a light rail connector line above ground through this historic Japanese American enclave, heard better news recently with a proposal by a community group for a fully […]

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