Archives for October 2011

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Bulk up that diet

Americans tend to have a narrow view of what a diet is or what it means. It frequently is used simply in the context of losing weight. “Can’t have that, I’m on a diet.” “Which diet are you following?” “How much weight have you lost on diet X, Y or Z?” Well, the word diet […]

New book on resisters examines wartime definition of patriotism, civil disobedience

CHICAGO — A new book being published by Temple University Press in November is re-examining wartime definitions of citizenship, patriotism, prisons, and civil disobedience through the lives of Gordon Hirabayashi and a group of Nisei draft resisters who called themselves the “Tucsonians.” “Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory” is […]

Why all the fuss over language?

“At what point are we, as Americans of Japanese ancestry, going to resist having our history written for us by others?” Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, a Nisei survivor of the World War II incarceration, asked this question. She is revered as the researcher who found the document that proved the government claim of “military necessity” as the […]

Leaders discuss future of Japan’s recovery at U.S.-Japan Council’s annual conference

WASHINGTON — The 2011 U.S.-Japan Council’s (USJC) annual conference, entitled “Innovate, Educate, Collaborate: Moving Forward the U.S.-Japan Partnership,” addressed the evolving relationship between the United States and Japan as leaders from both sides of the Pacific came to discuss the next step toward recovery. The U.S. delegation pledged continued commitment to Japan. The conference opened […]

OBITUARY: Johnny Chuichi Niizawa

NIIZAWA, JOHNNY CHUICHI passed away on October 11, 2011 in the Fresno Veterans Administration Hospital after a lingering illness. He was born in Turlock, Calif. in the Lillian Collins Hospital on August 9, 1925, the first born of the late Take and Zitaro Niizawa. Johnny leaves behind his wife Yoshiko Kotsubo Niizawa after 60 years […]

TEETH, GUMS AND BACTERIA — Floss only the ones you want to keep

Most of us are born without any visible teeth and some of us pass on in that same condition. Having said this, I believe that the general consensus is that having both healthy gums and a full complementation of teeth are desirable. But what constitutes healthy gums and teeth and how do we achieve this […]

A third of S.F. Chinese American voters unaware of ranked choice

One of the Bay Area’s largest Chinese-language dailies conducted a survey of San Francisco’s Chinese voters in the run up to the city’s mayoral elections in early November. Among the more surprising results, the paper found that some one-third of respondents said they were not aware that ranked choice voting would be used. The survey […]

An ‘instrument’ with soul: Joyo Velarde to perform at ‘Sansei Live’

Since its inception in 1971, Kimochi Inc. has maintained its commitment to serving the Japanese American community’s seniors. In the spirit of community, the San Francisco Japantown-based nonprofit will hold “Sansei Live!” — its annual fundraiser — on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Carnelian By The Bay, 1 Ferry Plaza, in San Francisco. The Nichi Bei […]

THE KAERU KID: Visit to Samiland (Pt. 2)

I left Stockholm to fly to Gällivare in northern Sweden in order to visit the Sámi people. The town of Gällivare is rather small and it is noteworthy for having a large iron mining operation. I arrived on a Sunday, so mine tours were not operating. The town is so small that one can see […]

Punk glam rock fashion with all the thrills

Following a successful prelude of fashion shows and a temporary pop-up store during the J-Pop Summit Festival 2011, which was held in August, the h.Naoto store opened at the New People building in San Francisco’s Japantown on Oct. 7. Naoto Hirooka, better known as h.Naoto, attended the grand opening of his boutique, his first store […]

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