Archives for February 2012

The Best Films of 2011: An Alternate to the Oscars

Every year, to coincide with the Academy Awards, I try to roughly rank all the films I saw in the previous year. I do this, instead of picking out a top five or 10, because I think those lists are inherently flawed — I think it’s important for the reader to know that I didn’t […]

Lou Dobbs vs. Miyazaki

So the time comes again when I have to (half) defend Fox News. The network has a surprisingly lengthy recent history of taking issue with the subtext of children’s entertainment. Lou Dobbs similarly criticizes “The Secret World of Arrietty,” the new to the U.S. Miyazaki-scripted Ghibli film, which I’m reviewing in the next issue of Nichi Bei […]

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival preview

Celebrating 30 years of Asian American film, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival will kick off on Thursday, March 8 and run through Sunday, March 18. The festival, presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), will screen approximately 120 films in 12 theaters located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The […]

THE KAERU KID: Bogota, Colombia: More than coffee

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. When one hears the word Colombia, thoughts of coffee, cocaine, and emeralds might come to mind, and not necessarily in that order. On my recent visit to the capital of Colombia, none of these entered the picture. In November, I came from the beautiful city of […]

Northern Japan’s fancy foods

Some 17,000 attendees swarmed the 1,300 companies that exhibited across 206,000 square feet of San Francisco’s expansive Moscone Center during the Winter Fancy Food Show. The specialty foods trade show, now in its 37th year, was held from Jan. 15 to 17. The National Association for Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) is a New York-based nonprofit currently celebrating […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: How to be Asian American

I have been seeing a young black writer, Baratunde Thurston, on TV who is promoting a book that he has written called, “How To Be Black.” I have not read it yet, but I plan to, since the concept is, first, sort of funny (ha ha!) in that there’s some kind of “way” of being […]

Why Jeremy Lin Matters: Asian male images in the media

Pop culture traditionally has painted Asians as awkward, unathletic and never the leading man, like Long Duk Dong from a 1980s film. In just a week, Lin has shattered the stereotype. Since he burst into the national consciousness just a week ago, basketball sensation and New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has proved that he’s […]

OBITUARY: Koichi Victor Honda

HONDA, KOICHI VICTOR passed away on Feb. 13 at the age of 89 in Walnut Creek, Calif. He was born in Portland, Ore. on July 10, 1922. During WWII, Victor met his wife, Violet, while being interned at Tule Lake Internment Camp. After the war was over, they settled down in Walnut Creek, where they […]

OBITUARY: Asako Machida Hamai

HAMAI, ASAKO MACHIDA passed peacefully with her devoted children at her side on February 13, 2012 in Berkeley, Calif. Born on Aug. 22, 1925 in Sasebo, Japan, she came to the U.S. as a military wife in 1954. Living briefly in Honolulu, Phoenix, Cleveland, and Eureka, Calif., she always called San Francisco her home. She […]

Community fine-tunes city redistricting draft

A little more than a dozen people met at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) on the evening of Feb. 15 to discuss the redistricting process in San Francisco’s 11 city districts. Japantown community members first became involved in the redistricting process when early drafts of the district boundaries drawn by […]

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