Archives for January 2010

PRESERVING OUR JAPANTOWNS: History Forgotten, Isleton’s Japantown

ISLETON, Calif. — Unfamiliar with the Sacramento Delta region but lured by Japantown lore and a faint recollection of actor-comedian Pat Morita claiming his roots in Isleton, my family and I visited the riverfront town. Driving the two blocks of Main Street, we easily found Chinatown with its distinctive architecture and remnants of Chinese characters […]

A Community of Caregivers – In Times of Need, Family Members and Agencies Provide Welcome Support

Often called the “silent population,” the number of seniors, as well as those with Alzheimer’s disease, is rapidly increasing. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the numbers of Asian Pacific Islanders with the disease, a kind of dementia that is associated with memory loss, will almost triple between 2009-2030, from about 72,075 to 194,266. In the […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Popping Duo

Hey, with the entry of the Year of the Tiger, it’s only appropriate to pop a couple of corks from bottles of Champagne. Nothing says celebration more than Champagne, or in the words of Napoleon, “In victory, you deserve it; in defeat, you need it.” And it doesn’t specifically have to be from the French […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The Community Needs this Forum

As the year winds down, I can’t help but feel that time passes so quickly when you get older. Since we Americans are facing so many issues and challenges, 2010 is going to be another year filled with turmoil and uncertainty. One of my New Year’s hopes is that the Nichi Bei Weekly manages to […]

THE KAERU KID: Long Way to Kau Kau

My favorite Nichi Bei columnist is Ryan Tatsumoto, the Gochiso Gourmet, because I am an unrepentant foodie. He writes in an interesting way and always presents some new nugget of information. A golden opportunity to meet him presented itself when I was given a very cheap airfare to Hawai‘i. For first time visitors to O‘ahu, […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: New Year Ushers New Frontier for APIs in Politics

The New Year always brings new challenges and triumphs. A decade ago, assemblymembers George Nakano, Wilma Chan and Carol Liu established the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. Today, the caucus has grown to 11 members and three constitutional officers. Over the last 10 years, the API community has worked successfully to recruit and elect qualified […]

PRESERVING OUR JAPANTOWNS: History Forgotten, Isleton’s Japantown

ISLETON, Calif. — Unfamiliar with the Sacramento Delta region but lured by Japantown lore and a faint recollection of actor-comedian Pat Morita claiming his roots in Isleton, my family and I visited the riverfront town. Driving the two blocks of Main Street, we easily found Chinatown with its distinctive architecture and remnants of Chinese characters […]

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: Japan’s 2009 at a Glance

A new political party in power, another World Baseball Classic title, a Japanese movie winning an Oscar, the yen soaring to the highest yen-to-dollar rate in decades, North Korea continuing its nuclear tests, and Obama making his first trip to Japan as president. These are some of the biggest events of the past year in […]

Tasty Sweets, Minus the Guilt

THE WORRY FREE BAKERY: Treats Without Oil and Butter By Kuniko Ibaraki, translated by Jessica Bezer (New York: Vertical, Inc., 2009, 80 pp., $14.95, paperback) At first glance, the title may create skepticism in many die-hard dessert connoisseurs, but every recipe in this book is grounded in Kuniko Ibaraki’s idea that delicious desserts can be […]

Pan-Asian Comfort Food With a Twist

The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens By Patricia Tanumihardja (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2009, 368 pp., $35.00, hardcover) A multitude of cookbooks reference mothers. A fair amount offer nods to grandmas of all ethnic backgrounds. And there is no shortage of pan-Asian cookbooks to choose from at the local bookstore. But Patricia […]

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