Archives for March 2011

Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto to celebrate 50 years playing koto March 20 in Oakland

OAKLAND — Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto will celebrate 50 years of playing koto music (Japanese 13-stringed zither) on Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Theater (in Kaiser Center, near Lake Merritt), 300 Lakeside Drive in Oakland, Calif. Among the artists who will join in the celebration are: Shigeo Tachibana, shakuhachi master from Chiba, Japan, […]

Masaoka Fellowship deadline May 2

WASHINGTON — The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is currently accepting applications for the 2011 JACL Mike M. Masaoka Fellowship. The Fellowship Fund was established in 1988 to honor Mike M. Masaoka for a lifetime of public service to the JACL and the nation. Masaoka was the JACL’s national secretary, field executive, national legislative director of […]

Koreans Ask: Who Is the Next Jane Kim?

Jane Kim’s election to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors seems to have sparked a tidal shift within the Korean American community toward political involvement. A half-page ad in the Korea Daily in Union City proudly declares, “Last November, the first ever Korean American city official was elected in San Francisco.” Thanking the community for its […]

Kokoro Studio presents the artwork of Yukako Ezoe

“Bahama Kangaroo” by Yukako Ezoe, is a solo show currently on dispay at Kokoro Studio, 682 Geary St., San Francisco. Ezoe, a Japanese American artist, designer, and teacher, investigates history and mythology through her fictional landscapes and invented personalities. She mixes cultures and media to narrate a world of romantic, dream-like imagination. For “Bahama Kangaroo,” […]

Gotanda’s newest play ‘I Dream of Chang and Eng’ staged at Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — Philip Kan Gotanda, the Bay Area’s leading Asian American playwright, collaborates with UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies in a unique partnership to develop and produce “I Dream of Chang and Eng,” a journey through the incredible lives of Chang and Eng Bunker — the original Siamese Twins. The […]

Dep. sheriff arrested on suspicion of selling drugs

A deputy sheriff with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office was arrested March 4 on suspicion of possessing and selling controlled substances, a spokesman said. Stephen Tanabe, 47, of Alamo, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. after investigators discovered he might have been keeping and selling drugs, according to a statement from sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee. […]

Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley presents Hapa Japan Conference April 8-9

BERKELEY — The Center for Japanese Studies, along with the Hapa Japan Database Project and All Nippon Airways, will host the Hapa Japan Conference Friday and Saturday,  April 8-9, featuring specialists in the study of mixed-race Japanese history, identity and representation. Topics range from the history of mixed-race Japanese in the 1500s, part-Japanese communities in […]

Call for NorCal Cherry Blossom Festival photos

The Nichi Bei Weekly is looking for photo submissions to be considered in the 2011 Nichi Bei Weekly Guide to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. People may submit photos of their favorite Festival memory, along with the following: • a photo title • photographer’s name, city of residence, phone number, and e-mail address • […]

Bill Gates Foundation’s Tachi Yamada to step down as global health president

SEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Feb. 14 that Dr. Tachi Yamada will retire as president of the Global Health Program, a position he held for five years. “Tachi has done a great job of focusing our ability to create and deliver vaccines and other interventions to the people who need them […]

Watercolors: Estria Miyashiro paints environmental message

Oakland, the city where I live, pulses with civic and cultural energy, but this vibrancy can feel muted by the specter of blight. A mood of desolation and general shabbiness weighs heavy along too many of our pothole-pocked streets, lined with crumbling buildings and weed-strewn vacant lots. This place is fraying, and not just around the edges, but at its very core. One way that folks around here have rallied against the […]

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