Archives for March 2011

“Ga(wo)man”: On Yuri Kochiyama & Sexism/Patriarchy in Japanese American Culture

  Note: For readers who are not of Nikkei heritage, Gaman means “to persevere through extremely difficult times with patience, grace and dignity.” With March being Women’s Herstory Month, we may assume by inference – if we are to look deep enough together – that January, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November […]

Dekopon: Japanese citrus makes American debut.

Today the planets aligned in my little foodie world. Until a recent trip to Japan, I was completely unaware of the wealth of exclusively Japanese citrus varieties. Most lauded among them was the Dekopon — an orange-like citrus of otherworldly flavor and juicyness — which was, of course, out of season at the time of […]

Workshop on preserving artifacts from camp in SF’s Japantown March 5

The National Japanese American Historical Society, in association with the San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), will hold a workshop on Saturday, March 5 on preserving both artifacts from the World War II incarceration camps and other treasured collectibles. “Treasures Revealed,” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the […]

Wakamatsu Colony preservation efforts to be honored

SACRAMENTO — The California rice industry will honor the efforts to preserve the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony during the 10th annual California Rice Commission Circle of Life Reception, Tuesday, March 15, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, 1230 J St. The colony, which was established near […]

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival preview

Venues Sundance Kabuki Cinemas 1881 Post St. San Francisco’s Japantown (415) 346-3243 Viz Cinema 1746 Post St. San Francisco’s Japantown (415) 525-8600 Camera 12 Cinemas 201 South Second St. San Jose (408) 271-6840 Gala Presentations Surrogate Valentine “Surrogate Valentine” centers around Goh, a full time musician who imbarks on the strangest tour of his life. […]

Rosa Parks JBBP’s auction fundraiser

The Rosa Parks Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) will hold its 2011 Auction Fundraiser, entitled “Building Bridges,” on Saturday, March 19 at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, located at 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco’s Japantown from 6 to 10 p.m. in the gym. The public elementary school program has taught […]

OBITUARY: Shigeru Richard Yabumoto

YABUMOTO, SHIGERU RICHARD, passed away peacefully after a full lifetime of 98 years. Born in Penryn, Calif., in 1912, he was the 2nd born of 5 children to Hyoemen and Soyo Yabumoto. The family operated a fruit ranch in Lincoln, Calif., until their incarceration in Tule Lake during World War II. Subsequently they moved to […]

JA National Museum to hold annual gala

LOS ANGELES — The Japanese American National Museum will hold its annual gala Saturday, April 16 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. The silent auction and reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The theme of the gala dinner, the museum’s largest fundraiser, is “Continuing Family Stories: The […]

NJAHS to hold annual awards dinner

The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) will celebrate its 30th anniversary Saturday, March 26 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown. The event, the theme of which is “Transformations,” will feature a no-host cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner and awards program at 6 p.m. NJAHS will honor San Francisco Taiko Dojo […]

Wesley United Methodist Church to hold ‘Mission Possible’ concert in SJ’s Japantown

SAN JOSE — Wesley United Methodist Church will hold their “Mission Possible! Concert and Auction” on Saturday, March 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, located at 566 North Fifth St. in San Jose’s Japantown. The concert will benefit the church’s youth, adult, and young adult mission team work. The concert will […]

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