Archives for August 2010

Calif. Civil Liberties Program announces latest round of grant recipients

SACRAMENTO — The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) recently announced their fiscal year 2009-2010 CCLPEP grant recipients. The CCLPEP was created with the passage of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Act (AB1915) in 1998. The legislation was authored by Assemblymember Mike Honda and was renewed in 2000 by Assemblymember George Nakano. The […]

Japan apologizes to S. Korea for colonization

TOKYO — Prime Minister Naoto Kan apologized Aug. 10 to South Korea for Japan’s past colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula in the hope of building future-oriented bilateral relations. In a statement released ahead of the Aug. 29 centenary of Japan’s annexation of the peninsula, Kan expressed deep regret over the suffering inflicted during Japan’s […]

OBITUARY: Gary Wayne Kozono

Kozono, Gary Wayne, a resident of Oakland, Calif., passed away on July 31, 2010 at the age of 57. Gary was born in Sacramento and was raised on the family farm in West Sacramento. After completing Marshall High School, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1975 with a degree in Sociology. Since […]

RABBIT RAMBLING: Save the turtles

I guess we can call this the summer of the great oil spill. Of course, it isn’t really a spill, but an accident of monumental import, because it is all man-caused and seemingly of a nature that humans can’t much control. It is really unbearable seeing pictures of the pelicans covered in oil, dying before […]

Opinion: The firing of Don Wakamatsu

In the end, I’m just sad the Mariners felt they had to fire manager Don Wakamatsu. I wanted to believe the front office saddled him with a roster of players who just couldn’t hit, and who especially couldn’t hit with runners in scoring position, but I’m told by those close to the team that the manager concurred in those […]

Three Japanese killed as tour bus crashes in Utah

CEDAR CITY, Utah (Kyodo) — A bus carrying 14 Japanese tourists rolled off a highway in southern Utah on the evening of Aug. 9, instantly killing three of them who were ejected from the vehicle and seriously injuring seven other passengers, local police said Aug. 10. The three fatalities were Hiroki Hayase, a 20-year-old man […]

Wakamatsu, the first Asian American manager in the Major Leagues, fired

Nichi Bei Weekly Report The historic tenure of the first Asian American manager in the major leagues came to an abrupt halt Aug. 9, the very day that the Seattle Mariners hosted the Oakland A’s in celebration of Japanese Heritage Night. On an occasion when Seattle skipper Don Wakamatsu expected to honor his Japanese roots, […]

Kubota keeps an eye out

For professional sports teams, being prepared for the future can often be as important as being ready for the present. Without a constantly renewing cycle of young players, it can be very difficult for a professional sports team to stay at the top. Also, with amateur drafts gathering more attention every year, the role of […]

JANM features Issei clothing from Hawaiian plantations

LOS ANGELES — An exhibit featuring textiles and clothing used by Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i from the late 19th century through the early 20th century, collected and documented by Barbara Kawakami, is on display at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Little Tokyo through Aug. 22. The exhibit, “Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from […]

BOOK REVIEW: Fragments of history and the fight for human rights

WHEREVER THERE’S A FIGHT: HOW RUNAWAY SLAVES, SUFFRAGISTS, IMMIGRANTS, STRIKERS, AND POETS SHAPED CIVIL LIBERTIES IN CALIFORNIA By Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi (Berkeley: Heyday, 2009, 512 pp., $24.95, paperback) In “Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California,” authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi take […]

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