Archives for June 2011

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Multiracial pacifist and activist, Yone Stafford

One of the more pleasant aspects of doing “The Great Unknown” is the responses that I get to my columns from readers, including friends and family members of the people whom I write about. They not only offer praise but provide additional information and inspire further work. Not long ago I did a column about […]

OBITUARY: Tomi Kohama

KOHAMA, TOMI, 98, passed away peacefully in San Jose on May 30, 2011. She was the dear wife of Ankichi Kohama for 72 years, until his passing in 2007. She is survived by her daughters Akiko Kohler (Bobby), Kazuko Bray, Kyoko Kohama (Don), son Kunio Kohama, seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She was […]

OBITUARY: Kunio Ikeda

IKEDA, KUNIO, 83, of Salinas, passed away on May 27, 2011 after a short hospitalization. Born in Gardena, Calif. on July 29, 1927, Kunio moved to Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan with his family in 1936. The family was separated due to the war. He graduated from Kajiki High School in Japan. He was unable to […]

The many uses and benefits of soy

From a fresh edamame to even an aged, fermented bean, soybeans in every form have been lauded as a health superfood for centuries. Packed with proteins and antioxidants, it comes as no surprise that it’s often considered a near-perfect food, nutritionally. It’s the only non-meat food known to have all nine amino acids needed for […]

Soy to the world: Small businesses explore varied tastes, textures

Megumi Natto   It’s sticky, stringy and it’s stinky (but in a good way). Like the ripest of natto will shock people initially, but reward those that don’t shy away from it with its depth of flavor and multiple health benefits. Often found on a Japanese sushi maki menu, if you haven’t heard of it […]

A HIDDEN ACHIEVEMENT: Margaret Masuoka’s education interrupted

Margaret Masuoka was meant to graduate with a degree in botany from Santa Ana College in 1942. Masuoka, 89, studied the subject until she was ordered to the Poston, Ariz. concentration camp. The Nikkei was set to graduate that June. Masuoka received a letter from her favorite professor, J. Russell Bruff, telling her to meet […]

Fun With Marketing: Children’s Films in Japan

I’ve been thinking a lot about what Chinese consumer power is going to mean for images of Asian people in Hollywood films — (even if offending Asian Americans doesn’t effect a studio’s bottom line enough for it to be an issue, offending Chinese viewers, or the Chinese government, has real monetary consequences). I’ll probably write […]

‘Love in American Times’ a merger of hearts

Philip Kan Gotanda offers a modern look at the concept of matchmaking in his brilliant dark comedy, “Love in American Times,” which recently opened at the San Jose Repertory Theatre. Directed by Rick Lombardo, the play touches on issues of class and race in a highly entertaining manner. The story focuses on 70-year-old Jack Heller […]

Twin disasters prompt more women to seek marriage

TOKYO — In the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, many Japanese people scrambled to stock up on emergency supplies, while others flocked to buy energy-saving devices amid fears of power outages as the twin disasters crippled power plants. Amid the increased sense of insecurity, a growing number of Japanese women set their […]

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