Archives for February 2010

Can Olympian Mirai Nagasu be the Future of Figure Skating?

With the 2010 Winter Olympics less than a week away, the United States will once again set their hopes on another Japanese American figure skater to bring home a medal. Nearly 18 years after Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold, Mirai Nagasu will compete in the women’s figure skating competition at the Vancouver Games. The 16-year-old […]

Asian Chamber Honors West Sacramento Mayor

SACRAMENTO — Sage retrospect and optimistic forward thinking abounded at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce’s (SACC) largest fundraiser, held Feb. 4 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Downtown Sacramento. The SACC’s 17th annual installation and awards fundraising dinner centered around swearing in new board members, awarding locals and businesses who have supported the […]

Ohno Eyes Record-Setting Medal Haul

The Vancouver Olympic Games will feature four events in men’s short-track speedskating. Apolo Anton Ohno will race in all of them. Win a medal in just one, and he will have garnered the most of any American male athlete to compete in the Winter Games. Win two medals, and he will be the most decorated […]

Renaissance Journalism Center Awards $20K to Nichi Bei Foundation

The Renaissance Journalism Center ( today announced that it awarded a $20,000 grant to the Nichi Bei Foundation, nonprofit publishers of the Nichi Bei Weekly. The grant, one of three, represents the first awards under the Center’s Media Greenhouse, which supports ethnic media, community media, and nonprofit groups in an effort to incubate and test […]

Schwarzenegger Appoints Nishigaya as Santa Clara Superior Court Judge

As a child growing up in Orange County, Daniel Nishigaya never imagined that one day he would be a Superior Court judge. Nishigaya, of Sunnyvale, Calif., who was previously a supervising deputy district attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, was one of six appointed to a judgeship in the Santa Clara County […]

Fujita Set to Take NFL’s Grandest Stage

This weekend, when Japanese Americans tune in to watch the nation’s biggest televised sporting event, many of them will do a double take. They’ll see a New Orleans Saints linebacker dart across the screen, read the name printed above the number 55 on his jersey, and marvel to themselves, “Fujita? I didn’t know a Nikkei […]

JASEB to Stop Operating Homes for Japanese American Seniors

In the early 1970s, the aging Issei presented a unique challenge for the Japanese American community. While there were plenty of resources and care facilities for elderly people, they were not well-suited for a first-generation Japanese immigrant population. Around this time, two organizations dedicated to caring for the Issei — the East Bay Japanese for […]

Animals Out of Paper: Origami Play

In “Animals Out of Paper,” a three-man play now showing at the SF Playhouse (533 Sutter St., San Francisco), origami is front, center and all over the stage. Paper hippos, horses, cacti and complex geometric shapes are hanging from the ceiling, propped up on tables and lining the kitchen shelves. Origami is framed like art […]

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