Archives for May 2011

Chen wins Senate confirmation as federal judge

(Bay City News Service) — After a year and nine months of having his nomination stalled in the U.S. Senate, federal Magistrate Edward Chen was confirmed May 10 to the post of a U.S. district judge in Northern California. Chen, 58, was approved by a 56-42 vote of the Senate. Chen has been a U.S. […]

Survivors rally to save domestic violence orgs from up to $800,000 in budget cuts

(Bay City News Service) — Survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking cried out on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall May 5 against possibly losing up to $800,000 of city funding. In order to close the city’s $306 million deficit, a draft budget proposal includes a 15 or 28 percent cut to the […]

Desperately seeking LGBT memories of World War II incarceration

Two years ago, I was invited to participate in E.G. Crichton’s project “Lineage: Matchmaking in the Archive” in which artists, writers and musicians were asked to respond to personal collections in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society archive. I was “matched” with Jiro Onuma, a gay Issei who moved to the U.S. from Iwate […]

Hatsune Miku drives a Corolla

There’s something magical about American marketing strategies. It might have something to do with its strong culture that emphasizes might (wealth) makes right, and a general lack of doujinshi culture, but when you see something that’s typically driven by fans for fans in Japan, you can bet it’ll never grow to see the light of […]

Going green, one small step at a time

SAN JOSE — Stan Kawamata lifted up a colorful plastic bin containing worms wriggling around in the soil in order to demonstrate the process of creating a worm farm. Kawamata’s worm composting exhibit was among the demonstrations at an Earth Day celebration sponsored by the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin EcoSangha, which was held on […]

Yu-Ai Kai’s ‘Run for All Ages’ in SJ’s Japantown

SAN JOSE — Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service held its annual “Run for All Ages,” a one-, two-, and three-mile run/walk, in conjunction with its Health Fair and the annual Nikkei Matsuri on May 1 in Japantown. Irene Nakamitsu said she was participating in the festivities to support the nonprofit, as well as […]

Muslim, Japanese American youth empowered by history

LOS ANGELES — “Have you ever been called a racist name?” Mustafah Hawari, 17, asks Yuka Ogino, 23, a Japanese American coordinator at the Bridging Communities Program. “Yes, I have,” she tells Hawari and the small group of students sitting on the floor at a mosque in Anaheim, Calif. The students, most of them Muslim […]

Wartime story inspires handwritten newspapers in quake-hit Japan

ISHINOMAKI, Japan (Kyodo) — Journalists at a tsunami-hit Japanese daily newspaper, which shot to fame after a U.S. museum acquired its handwritten editions, were inspired to grab their pens in a flooded newsroom by a story about their predecessors who acted likewise before World War II. “It was a miracle we survived and that motivated […]

How to help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

Santa Cruz, Calif. Kabuki Cabaret Thursday, May 26 Brenda Wong Aoki and Emmy award-winning composer Mark Izu will dedicate a performance to benefit The Jizo Project. The performance will be held at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St. #2, Santa Cruz, Calif. at 6 p.m. Aoki’s work draws on her cultural heritage, and invokes […]

Nihonmachi Terrace completes $30M renovation of affordable housing project

Money isn’t easy to come by in these economic times, especially from the federal government. Nihonmachi Terrace, however, secured $30 million from various financial institutions to conduct a massive remodeling effort that started in 2009. In just two years, the facilities have been updated with environmentally friendly appliances, a new exercise room, a community reading […]

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