Archives for October 2011

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: A question of loyalty and ‘Conscience’

It is a wonderful thing that my friend, Frank Abe, took the time and effort to expand on his very good documentary, “Conscience and the Constitution” (originally released in 2000). He has produced a two-disc Collectors’ Edition DVD, and because we now have the technology to add material, Abe’s story of the draft resisters during […]

CSU films recognize honorary degree recipients

The California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor announced in an Oct. 7 statement that it had completed six videos to honor Nisei who had received honorary bachelor’s degrees from the university’s board of trustees. The former students were forced to leave CSU campuses during World War II, and were among the some 120,000 […]

San Francisco’s Japantown scores ‘Japanese soul food’

New People’s Cinema Café recently added “Japanese soul food” to its menu. Onigilly, a food cart that sells onigiri (Japanese rice balls), opened its franchise at the cafe on Oct. 7, following its success at previous events in San Francisco’s Japantown. Two years ago Koji Kanematsu decided to fill a niche market for onigiri. “It […]

S.F. jazz club transforms into one-day Japanese cultural center

Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant opened its doors to the public on Oct. 1 to feature its fourth annual “The Flip Side of Yoshi’s,” a day of Japanese art and culture. Nearly 250 people packed the venue, located just outside of San Francisco’s Japantown, to experience the art and spirit of Japanese culture. The […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Nisei exclusion at Penn (Pt. 3 of 3)

Editor’s Note: Part of this piece was previously published as ‘Admission Denied,’ in the Pennsylvania Gazette, January-February 2000 issue. Until the story of her exclusion was broadcast nationwide, Naomi Nakano had been, by her own admission, rather removed from the controversy. She had not participated in the protests, and The Bennett News had been careful […]

Bob, Cherry, and Denny

We learned in the spring of 1989 that what HR 442 had authorized — $1.2 billion for 60,000 internees or $20,000 per victim — was not the way the bill should have been written. Applications at the Justice Department for individual payments showed that there were 80,000 living Japanese Americans eligible. The actuaries were wrong. […]


借 (Shak) means “debt,” and consists of two parts. The left side is a person standing. The bottom right side is the sun, which represents the date. Above it is continuity. Together it means many people have been helping someone for many days, so the person is in debt to many people. 金 (Kin) means […]

AFFIRMATIVE (RE)ACTION: Cal’s pay-by-race bake sale gets yawn from Asian students

BERKELEY, Calif. — The debate over colorblind admissions policies in California’s four-year public colleges is heating up again. The passage of Prop. 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative passed by state voters in 1996, prohibited public institutions from considering race, sex or ethnicity. SB 185, one of hundreds of bills currently before Gov. Jerry Brown awaiting […]

Photojournalist Kaz Arai to Be Remembered in SF Japantown

A memorial gathering for Kazuyoshi Arai, former photographer for the Hokubei Mainichi, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. at Toraya Restaurant, 1734 Post St. in San Francisco’s Japantown. Arai, who worked for the Hokubei in the late 1980s and early 1990s, died on Sept. 4, 2011 in Tomakomai, Hokkaido. Oct. 20 […]

OBITUARY: Shizuye Deguchi

DEGUCHI, SHIZUYE, 95, longtime resident of San Francisco, passed away peacefully in Sunnyvale on September 17, 2011. She was born in Centerville, Calif., and is survived by her daughters Phyllis (Richard) Oda and Naomi Guttmann, grandchildren Susan (Jeffrey) Stone, Gregory (Courtney) Guttmann, Amy Guttmann and great-grandchildren Matsumi and Hanako Stone. She was preceded in death […]

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