Archives for May 2010

OBITUARY: Harvey Itano

SAN DIEGO — UC San Diego Emeritus Professor of Pathology Harvey Akio Itano, MD, Ph.D., a distinguished physician-scientist who was the first Japanese American to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences, died Saturday, May 8, in La Jolla, Calif., of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 89. “Harvey Itano was one of […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The graying of America

I know “The Graying of America” sounds like a PBS documentary. Indeed, we are aging (especially the population of Baby Boomers) at a rapid pace, partly due to technological advances in medicine, partly due to saying “No” to super-sizing meals, with some credit to airbags and enforced speed limits. Personally I haven’t experienced any “graying” […]

Bill to establish ‘Fred Korematsu Day’ passes Assembly Education Committee

SACRAMENTO — Legislation that would recognize Jan. 30 as “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” passed the California state Assembly Education Committee on May 5. Jan. 30 is the birthday of the late civil rights icon, who passed away in 2005. Assembly Bill 1775, presented by Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach), will […]

LETTERS: Nikkei should oppose Arizona’s immigration law

Dear Editor, The San Francisco Chronicle just printed a high-profile article, “Thousands in U.S. Protest Arizona Law.” I write in concern of the low profile of (we) in the JA community who have more reason than others to identify with the arbitrary discrimination and racial profiling of “suspicious immigrants.” When Gov. Jan Brewer was asled […]

Asian Americans join fight against Arizona anti-immigration law

Asian American civil rights groups are gearing up to challenge Arizona’s new anti-immigration law, joining Latino and civil liberties organizations that oppose it. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and other Asian American civil rights groups announced this week they will be filing a legal challenge to Arizona’s law along with other civil rights […]

Turlock Assembly Center dedication held May 1 to honor former internees

TURLOCK, Calif. — With former internees in attendance, a memorial marking the site of the Turlock Assembly Center was dedicated on May 1. Located on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock was one of several assembly centers established on the West Coast in 1942 to detain Japanese Americans who were forced from their homes following enactment […]

OBITUARY: Bobby “Bob” Matsuura

MATSUURA, BOBBY “BOB,” was born in Ogden, Utah on October 27, 1946 to Massey and Fumiko Matsuura. Bob was the oldest of four siblings, Fred, Nancy and Jerry Matsuura. Bob was married to Janice Ohara in 1969. They had two children, Rich and Ron Matsuura, and two grandchildren, Emi and Naomi Matsuura. Bob was 63 […]

More than words: Teaching English in Ecuador

In the 24 years that I have been “Ali, short for Alicia,” I have secretly longed for a nickname of distinctive familiarity and endearment. Now, in this small provincial city tucked in the Sierra region of central Ecuador, I have been branded with the inescapable moniker of “China,” or sometimes the affectionate diminutive, “Chinita.” Disregard […]

Homicide suspects arrested in Daly City to be extradited back to Washington State

Bay City News Service – Two men arrested in Daly City over the weekend will be extradited back to Washington State, where they are accused of fatally shooting a man who was trying to sell a ring on Craigslist last month. Kiyoshi Higashi, 22, and Joshua Reese, 20, waived their right to fight extradition at […]

Community urged to provide input on J-Town Better Neighborhood Plan

A meeting was held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) on April 27 to further discuss the draft of the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP), the document that will serve as the guideline for the development, promotion and preservation of San Francisco’s Japantown during the next two decades. “Sixty-eight years […]

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