Archives for May 2010

Take Two Multiracial artist and new father turns camera on kids in “Hapa” book follow up

In 2009, Justice Keith Bardwell of Louisiana refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple. When a local newspaper asked the justice why he refused to marry the couple, he replied, “My main concern is for the children.” When asked the same question, “What would happen to the children,” Kip Fulbeck — filmmaker, […]

NPS awards $2.9 million in grants to preserve confinement sites

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded 23 grants totaling $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret historic locations where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. In the program’s second year, the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grants will help fund projects in a dozen states, including the restoration of a historic […]

Multiracial: Not so black and white

On March 29, U.S. President Barack Obama sat down and filled out the U.S. federal census form for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He included his wife Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson as members of his household. When he came to Question 9, which asks the person’s race, he filled in the […]

Multiracial & Multiethnic Special Issue: Introduction

In 2007, Hapa Issues Forum formally closed down. Founded in 1992 to provide a voice for multiracial Nikkei, the organization eventually expanded to serve a wider Asian American constituency, but languished into inactivity during its final years. In 2008, the Nichi Bei Times published its first special edition dedicated to multiracial and multiethnic topics. Although […]

OBITUARY: Kiichi Shiga

Shiga, Kiichi, passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 after a brief bout with pneumonia and complications with emphysema. Kiichi was born in Los Angeles on May 27, 1915. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Irene Yoshiko. He is also survived by sisters Tayeko Sakai of Los Altos, Calif., and Keiko […]

Children and Youth Dept. turns its back on Japantown

Lori Kunihara says that she owes a lot to the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) and her involvement in the Japantown Youth Leaders (JYL) program. “JYL taught me the value of serving the community and really gave me a sense of belonging. I learned so much from the staff of JYL and being in the […]

Multiracial: Border Crosser: Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu navigates nations, cultures and academia

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is looking again toward Japan. A psychotherapist, writer and academic, Murphy-Shigematsu has lived in Palo Alto, Calif. the past eight years, teaching at Stanford University and running an independent multicultural consulting practice. Life in the Bay Area, he says, is easy for someone like him, the son of an Irish American man and […]

Multiracial: Observations of a Waegook

It’s a strange feeling to be labeled as a “foreigner,” but that’s what I was. Foreigner. Waegook. In Korea, it’s the all-purpose term for someone not like them. We weren’t considered immigrants, international students, foreign workers or tourists. Or Americans, Europeans or Africans. Just foreigners, lumped together in an easy category. I don’t think we […]

Kimochi, Inc. presents 2010 Spirit Awards

“The Longevity of Giving” was the theme on May 16 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown as Kimochi Inc. presented its annual Spirit Awards for their commitment to the senior service agency. Kimochi board member Benh Nakajo served as emcee. Following a performance by the San Francisco Police Department Lion Dance Team, […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Be Ready

The kanji character 用 (yo) means “to be able, useful” and consists of two parts. A vertical center line represents a nail. All other lines represent pieces of wood. The pieces of wood were put together by the nail. 意(i) means “thinking in your heart,” which consists of two parts. Above is a person’s voice and below […]

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