Archives for March 2010

Enka Singer Jero Embraces Cultural Heritage, Embarks On U.S. Tour

Enka is often described as the most traditional of all popular music in Japan, usually considered distinct from the very broad J-pop category that includes “non-Japanese” musical genres such as rock, dance and hip-hop. When enka singers visit the U.S., they often draw intimate crowds of older Nisei and Shin-Issei. However, when current enka sensation […]

LETTERS: ‘No Protection for Ayako Ozawa,’ Former Cypress House Resident

Note: This letter was sent in response to Ben Hamamoto’s “JASEB to Stop Operating Homes for Japanese American Seniors” article, Feb. 4, 2010. From 2000 to 2004, Ayako Ozawa was a resident at Cypress House. On Feb. 18, 2004, 4:30 p.m., Koji and Betty Ozawa, son and daughter-in-law, found Ayako in excruciating pain with severe […]

OBITUARY: Filmmaker Loni Ding

Loni Ding, an award-winning filmmaker, activist and teacher, was remembered last weekend with a service and procession in San Francisco. Ding died of a stroke on Feb. 20 at Summit Hospital. She was 78. Ding, who was raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown, attended UC Berkeley, where she earned an MA and Ph.D. in sociology. She […]

OBITUARY: Florence K Okada

OKADA, FLORENCE K, 85, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2010 with her family by her side. Florence was born in Oakland, Calif. and graduated from Alameda High School. After graduation she attended Cosmetology College in Oakland. Florence worked in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, University of California at Berkeley for 34 years. […]

OBITUARY: Masami “Sam” Oda

ODA, MASAMI “SAM”, age 96 passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010. He is survived by his wife Kazuko Oda, sister Mary Ota, sons Gary Oda (wife Judy), Dennis Oda, Edward Oda (wife Lois), daughters Janet Sonoda (husband Tom), Caroline Ouchida (husband Lester), grandchildren Russell Ouchida (wife Hsiao-Wei), Joanne Sonoda-Yu (husband David), Ryan Ouchida, Alison Sonoda, […]

PARTING SHOTS: A Native Angelino’s Gift: The Young Oak Kim Academy in Los Angeles

A native Angelino who came home a hero with crippling wounds from two wars to stir hopes among the struggling newcomers has returned “home” from the Big Sky, this time as a living legacy to the inner-city children of tomorrow. In September of 2008, the newly built middle school at Sixth Street and Shatto Place […]

A Hip-Hop Element: Dan the Automator Launches Audio Alchemy Deejay Series at Yoshi’s San Francisco

Dan Nakamura — better known in the music industry as Dan the Automator — has enjoyed phenomenal success as a producer in hip-hop and beyond, putting together such notable albums as the eponymous debut for Gorillaz, a pair of Handsome Boy Modeling School collaborations with Prince Paul, and the high-concept “Deltron 3030” record. He’s also […]

COMMENTARY: Dunst’s Foray into Asia a Mess

Can somebody call Kirsten Dunst’s agent for me? I would prefer it be from someone high up in her talent agency so they can kick her and whoever is her manager out. I really don’t understand how her latest foray into Asia was expected to do anything but hurt what’s left of her celebrity image. […]


While there was nothing approaching last year’s “Slumdog” mania, the 2010 Academy Awards did have some wins of interest for APIs. The award for best-animated picture went to the CGI animated feature “Up,” starring Jordan Nagai. Since its release in the summer of ’09, the Pixar film has been a shoe-in for the award, so […]

Paul Igasaki Appointed as Chair and Chief Judge at DOL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Feb. 26, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the appointment of Paul M. Igasaki as Chair and Chief Judge of the DOL’s Administrative Review Board by Secretary Hilda Solis. The board, which receives appeals on behalf of Solis, hears cases involving whistleblower protection laws, wage and hour requirements, immigration and […]

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