Archives for May 2010

Chico’s newest outlaw: Knuckleballer Yoshida introduced by team

CHICO, Calif. (Kyodo) — The Chico Outlaws of the U.S. independent league on May 7 introduced their new addition: a female knuckleballer from Japan. “My name is Eri Yoshida. I am a knuckleballer,” the 18-year-old said after slipping on a No. 3 jersey at a press conference in Chico on the day she arrived from […]

White House Initiative on AAPIs: Key Facts and Figures

Total U.S.: Population is 307 million; 13.2 percent live in poverty; 4.2 percent are unemployed; 15.0 percent haven’t graduated high school; 28.5 percent have only a high school degree; 28.8 percent have some college education; 17.5 percent have a bachelor’s degree; 10.2 percent have a graduate or professional degree. Asian American: Population is 15.5 million; […]

Spring Kunsho Recipients

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco on April 28 announced the recipients of the 2010 Spring Conferment of Decoration.Among the recipients of the kunsho, or medals of honor from the Japanese government, are: • Kayoko Fujimoto, an ikebana teacher from San Leandro, Calif., who is being bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, […]

Obama Names Asian Americans to U.S. Court

WASHINGTON — President Obama on April 21 nominated Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi and Edmond E. Chang to United States District Court judgeships. Kobayashi, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i, serves as a U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Hawai‘i, a position she has held since 1999. Prior to […]

LETTERS: Hospice Workshop Addresses the ‘End of Life Journey’

Dear Editor, Nikkei and Retirement had a program entitled “What Is Hospice Care?” on Saturday, April 24, at the Christ United Presbyterian Church. The San Francisco Senior Citizens’ resource directory states, “Hospice is a philosophy of care that accepts dying as a natural part of life, and aims to enhance comfort and quality of life […]

Yu-Ai Kai’s Nihonmachi Run Brings Out the Athletic Fun

SAN JOSE — Between rainstorms, it was a perfect day for the 2010 Yu-Ai Kai Nihonmachi “Run for All Ages,” held on April 25. The three-mile run/walk began in front of the Yu-Ai Kai building in Japantown. Half an hour before the start, the throng of 510 runners/walkers of all ages, some in costume, some […]

San Francisco Presents Heritage Awards for Leadership, Community Impact, Lifetime Achievement

The winners of the 2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards were announced at San Francisco’s annual official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 3 at the Herbst Theater. Both the 2010 award recipients and the finalists received a commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 4. The recipients are: […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Nikkei Women Honored by Japanese American Women Alumnae

It isn’t every organization that has a connection to a powerful and influential member in Congress, but the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley (JAWAUCB), a club of the California Alumni Association, has just such a connection. Doris Matsui, representative for the 5th District in California, was honored as Outstanding Alumna of the Year […]

KQED Honors APA Local Heroes, Offers Heritage Month Programming

KQED Public Television and Union Bank held their annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration and Local Hero awards ceremony on May 4, honoring four outstanding community members. Jeff Mori is currently executive director of Asian American Recovery Services Inc., (AARS), a nonprofit community-based organization that provides specialized substance abuse services to Asian and Pacific […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Wearing Wool in Sahara

Sipping a glass of full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Zinfandel pretty much feels like wearing wool in the dead of summer — on the palate at least. And unless it’s an evening barbecue (after the sun has set), a nice Syrah or Zinfandel isn’t very appealing even with the best smoked meats […]

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