Archives for July 2010

Japantown 2010 – The Last Hurrah?

This is a commentary by a former “San Francisco boy” who attended the June 16, 2010 Japan[town] meeting which was designed to provide an update on the status of ongoing proceedings with “City Hall” staffers assigned by the San Francisco Planning Department. The meeting was to provide official oversight and gain an understanding of the […]

Roundtable highlights JA preservation projects

Nichi Bei Weekly Report As part of the National Asian Pacific Islander American Historic Preservation Forum, held June 24-26 in San Francisco, a Japantown Heritage Roundtable was held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on June 24. According to Alan Nishio, a member of the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council, […]

In Memory of Al Gordon

A little over two months ago, Japantown lost a dear friend, Al Gordon, too soon, as it always is. Al was a very special friend to Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF), and therefore a special friend also to the many children and families touched by the history and spirit of our 1830 Sutter Street building, and […]

David K. Mineta confimed as deputy director of demand reduction at federal agency

WASHINGTON — David K. Mineta was confirmed as deputy director of demand reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on June 22. In this role, Mineta will oversee ONDCP’s Office of Demand Reduction, which focuses on promoting drug prevention and drug treatment programs, as well as the agency’s newly created focus on […]

Cal State University East Bay confers honorary doctorate to activist Kochiyama

Yuri Kochiyama, a human rights activist dedicated to social justice for more than 50 years, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the commencement ceremonies for California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) on June 12. The ceremony was held at the university’s Hayward campus. Born in San Pedro, Calif., Kochiyama spent two years […]

National Gathering looks at preserving APIA historic sites

A historic gathering, rooted in preserving Asian Pacific Islander American historical sites, was held in San Francisco’s Japantown on June 24-26. Dozens of people from across the country — many already deeply involved in preservation work — assembled to learn more about how they can work collaboratively in such efforts at the first-ever National Asian […]

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