Archives for November 2011

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: Historic Election Day signals growing power of AAPIs

Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have seen many firsts in recent years. The first Chinese American woman elected to Congress, the first Chinese American mayor of Oakland, Calif. and the first Chinese American to be appointed to mayor in San Francisco. As significant as these milestones were, doubts remained whether AAPIs had truly arrived as an American […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Lookin’ for inspiration

Sometimes we find it without even lookin’, sometimes it keeps knockin’ at our door without us knowin’, but sometimes we do find it and it changes our very core… OK, maybe not so grandiose. It may be as simple as makin’ that first Bolognese sauce or startin’ that first exercise routine or simply makin’ us […]

Gifts galore at JA Museum of San Jose

  Furoshiki (Japanese Wrapping Cloth) ($8 to $18) Sure, it’s a centuries-old tradition that was once used as a means to carry necessities, but the lucky recipient of these furoshiki are sure to be stylin’! These furoshiki represent a modern take on the art, and are premade with ribbon ties, perfect for a quick wrap […]

Benkyodo confectionary matriarch dies

Sue Okamura, the matriarch of the family that has run the Benkyodo confectionary for 105 years, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 29, 2011. She was 85. Sue Suyeko Kurihara was born on April 1, 1926 in Sacramento, Calif. to parents Yujiro Kurihara and Funari Matsuda, the third child among siblings Mary Hamada, […]

OBITUARY: Toshiko Iwawaki

IWAWAKI, TOSHIKO passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 97 on November 5, 2011. Born in Seattle on Aug. 20, 1914, lived in San Francisco for 30 years, except for the WWII years spent in the concentration camps of Gila, Ariz. and Tule Lake, Calif. Upon her husband’s retirement, moved to Berkeley in […]

Choice gifts that educate about difficult choices made by Nisei during World War II

World War II brought some difficult choices for Japanese Americans, especially young Nisei men whose citizenship and idea of “America” was called into question. Some felt they had to prove their loyalty in the battlefield, and did so gallantly, and with high honor. Others felt compelled to prove their loyalty in the courts on constitutional […]

THE KAERU KID: Norway (Pt. 2)

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. It was time to move on to the capital, Oslo, voted as the most expensive city in the world in 2010. I had purchased advance airfare tickets and found a low price from Bergen to Oslo, but at the last minute discovered that the flight […]

SUS ITO: The life of an American soldier and noted biologist

Susumu “Sus” Ito is renown within the medical field for his work with the gastronomical tract. Despite retiring as a professor from Harvard Medical School in 1990, the 92-year-old continues to go into the lab in Boston a few times a week to study. His work has won him recognition around the world and has […]

Ceremony to honor medal recipients Feb. 2012 in San Jose

SAN JOSE — Community leaders and Congressional leaders are organizing an event to honor veterans, their family members, as well as the widows, who unable to attend the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony that was held in Washington, D.C. The event is being scheduled to take place in San Jose’s Japantown in February of 2012. The […]

Nikkei veterans meet with other medal recipients

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Japanese American war veterans who received one of the highest U.S. awards this week met for the first time with Navajo and African American recipients of the same honor for a celebratory dinner on Nov. 5, involving the three historically segregated military units. The other groups received the Congressional Gold Medal […]

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