Archives for February 2011

Yu-Ai Kai annual crab feed set for Feb. 12

SAN JOSE — Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service will  hold its annual crab and spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Feb.  12 at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex, 640 North Fifth St. in San Jose’s Japantown. Attendees can choose to dine-in or take-out. The take-out service begins at 4 p.m. Doors open at […]

OBITUARY: Hisaye Yamamoto

LOS ANGELES — Hisaye Yamamoto, a pioneer in Asian American literature, passed away on Jan. 30, 2011 in Los Angeles at the age of 89. She was the author of “Seventeen Syllables,” “Yoneko’s Earthquake,” “The Legend of Miss Sasagawara” and other short stories about Japanese American life from the 1930s to the present. Based on […]

Japanese American Leadership Delegation to depart for Japan March 4

Thirteen Nikkei from across the nation will on March 4 embark on a trip to Japan as members of the 2011 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. The delegation will be comprised of senior Japanese Americans who are at the foremost level of leadership in their professions, have had moderate to extensive experience in U.S.-Japan relations, and […]

Hokubei shuts down Website

More than a year after its print publication folded, the Website was shut down Jan. 31, said Hokubei Mainichi Newspaper’s former English section editor, JK Yamamoto. Yamamoto told the Nichi Bei Weekly that he knew that the site was going to be taken down, and had posted content to the site the previous evening. […]

Challenges and solutions of family caregiving

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Two years ago, Kay Yatabe saw signs that her aging father needed help around his home. He fell often and seemed confused. Yatabe realized that he required round-the-clock care that she could not provide by herself. Yet she also did not have the heart to move him to a care facility. “I […]

Family spreads awareness about bone marrow disorder that threatens son’s life

Chris Ishida had planned to be in Southern California right now. The 19-year-old freshman should be enrolled in his second semester at Pitzer College, working at his part-time job, and hanging out with his new friends in the Asian Pacific American Coalition on campus. Instead, he’s back home in Chicago’s northern suburbs, fighting for his […]

Black sesame adventures

Despite being a big tofu fan and an even bigger sesame enthusiast, I am embarrassed to say that it was not until last summer that I discovered goma dofu (sesame tofu). Goma dofu is made from ground sesame milk and uses kuzu or katakuriko (potato starch) to help the ‘tofu’ set. I discovered it in Kyoto […]


So there’s recently been this onslaught of people calling into question the term of animu and mangos; one is a corruption of the word “anime” which is, itself, a truncated form of “animation” that Japanese people use; the other is a fruit that sounds vaguely like “manga.” I personally don’t have a problem calling anime […]

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