Archives for 2011

A DAY OF INFAMY INCITES LIFETIMES OF ACTIVISM: Two iconic Nisei recall the event that changed the fate of the community

The lives of Japanese Americans would forever be changed following Dec. 7, 1941, the date that President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “will live in infamy.” For many Nisei, that fateful day left an indelible memory of lives disrupted and changed forever. For two women who grew up in Southern California, this major event in U.S. […]

Call for Accountability for Nov.18th Pepper-Spraying of Peaceful U.C. Davis Students

November 25, 2011 Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi Fifth floor, Mrak Hall University of California, Davis One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616 Dear Chancellor Katehi: The violent pepper-spraying of peaceful U.C. Davis student protestors on November 18th shocked and outraged us, other Americans, and the rest of the world. It was a flashback to the Mississippi […]

Filmmaker launches campaign for ‘Infinity and Chashu Ramen’

Kerwin Berk, director of “The Virtues of Corned Beef Hash,” is working on his most recent film, “Infinity and Chashu Ramen.” The film, set in San Francisco’s modern day Japantown, follows Tenshi (Hiroshi Kashiwagi), an obnoxious 400-year-old spirit with a foul mouth and propensity for petty theft, and Lucy Yamaguchi (Wendy Hyunh), a sweet but […]

OBITUARY: Chiyoko Koga

KOGA, CHIYOKO, 90, of San Francisco passed peacefully in her sleep at Stella’s Care Home on November 22, 2011. She was the daughter of Chitose Moriuchi and leaves behind a daughter, June Canak, and a son, Ken Koga. A ceremony celebrating her life will be scheduled sometime in 2012 with her ashes to be scattered […]

What Dad said

When I was 11 years old, I watched “Go for Broke” on television. The 1951 film is about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was comprised of Nisei soldiers. My father was working on our car in the driveway. I did not hear him come into the living room behind me. Dad said: “Those guys […]

MIYAGI FOOD: Healthy, delicious and safe

Since the tragic earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s Tohoku region more than eight months ago, Japan has seen substantial decreases in foreign tourism. Many areas directly affected by the disaster are also experiencing decreased domestic and foreign sales of local food products amid concerns for radiation safety. The Consulate General of Japan in San […]

Group preserves historical building in Walnut Grove

Dear Editor, In November 2011, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency finished the Rehabilitation Project on the Walnut Grove Gakuen. The building is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The structure was built in 1927 by Issei pioneers to provide a place for their children to learn Japanese language and culture. As Japanese Americans […]

Seriously, Syria

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. There are so many “hot spots” around the world that tourists are frightened to visit, such as Afghanistan, North Korea, Iran, Iraq and even Israel. Visas are also not easy for Americans to obtain. While all of these countries have unique sites of special interest […]

Latino, Filipino press debate: did Pacquiao really win?

The contentious win of Manny Pacquiao over Juan Manuel Márquez on Nov. 12 has sparked a heated debate in Latino and Filipino media, where reporters, bloggers, and fans are arguing over who really won the fight. Manny Pacquiao was declared the winner by majority decision, with two judges scoring the fight 115-113 and 116-112. The […]

Microsoft Alumni Foundation awards Densho’s Tom Ikeda $25K

SEATTLE — Bill and Melinda Gates announced the Microsoft Alumni Foundation’s 2011 Integral Fellows winners Nov. 16. at the third annual celebration to honor former Microsoft employees for making a meaningful difference in the daily lives of others. The Foundation, which was established in 2007, aims to make a difference in the world through the […]

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