Archives for March 2010

COMMENTARY: ‘Japadog’ Racial Slur at Olympics

“Japadog,” a Japanese style hotdog stand in Vancouver promoted by a Japan-based company, garnered widespread American media due to NBC’s Olympic TV coverage, including on Sacramento station KCRA 3, on Feb. 28. Complaints about the racial slur “Jap” started popping up around the country, including at the Northern California and National JACL offices. The Florin […]

Scientist Yamanaka Receives March of Dimes Developmental Biology Prize

Originally trained as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka is grateful to the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco for allowing him to follow his dreams to become a research scientist following his graduation from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. “After receiving a Ph.D., I luckily got a postdoctoral position […]


Jenichiro Oyabe (1867-1941) was among the first people of Japanese ancestry to write about his life in the United States. His memoir “A Japanese Robinson Crusoe,” first published in 1898, offers a picturesque account of the author’s experiences. It is also a fascinating example of the dark side of “Americanization” — how immigrants seeking liberty […]

ETCHED INTO HISTORY: Merced Assembly Center Memorial Unveiled

MERCED, Calif. — The city of Merced has never really been a destination point of any sort. Located off of Highway 99 in California’s Central Valley, it’s a gateway to one of California’s most popular destinations, Yosemite National Park. Last year, it was put on the map by one famous visitor, First Lady Michelle Obama, […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Why Do Asian American Women Live Longer?

So, I’m browsing through a Time magazine (Feb. 22, 2010), and on the cover is the headline, “The Science of Living Longer.” The cover photo is of three persons who are related, a grandmother, a daughter and a granddaughter. They are very attractive, WASPish types with blondish hair and blue eyes, ages 7, 37 and […]

LETTERS: Diabetes Meeting a Hit, Thanks to Nichi Bei Weekly

Diabetes Meeting a Hit, Thanks to Nichi Bei Weekly Note: This letter was sent in response to “Nikkei and Retirement to Discuss Diabetes on Feb. 27 at the JCCCNC” from Feb. 25, 2010. Dear Editor, Nikkei and Retirement thanks the Nichi Bei Weekly for the article on the diabetes meeting we sponsored last Saturday, Feb. […]

What to Watch at the SF International Asian American Film Festival

There is quite a lineup at this year’s San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the Nichi Bei Weekly has been busy watching films to bring you an overview of the diverse works showcased this year. “Today’s Special” kicks off the festival on March 11 at Castro Theatre. Aasif Mandiv (“The Daily Show”) plays […]

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