Archives for February 2012

Is the Non-existent Lin/Kardashian Date a Problem?

So Asian America collectively shuddered the other day at rumors that Jeremy Lin and Kim Kardashian might go on a date. (Interestingly, if you Google “jeremy lin,” “jeremy lin kim kardashian” comes up as the first autocomplete result.)  I guess it’s since been debunked, but I feel like I’m a little alone in thinking that […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: In the ‘Iron Chef’s’ domain

If not for a shoulder injury many moons ago, we might be watching Masaharu Morimoto swinging a baseball bat instead of deftly slicing sashimi. As a foodie, I’m thankful that he took the path of sushi and sashimi instead of besuboru. Morimoto opened his Hawai‘i outpost, Morimoto Waikiki (1775 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815; […]

Veterinarian works to save surviving animals in Fukushima

A long row of cows is crowded at a gate, their heads straining through the metal as if desperately reaching for food. All of them are dead. For Dr. Shigeki Imamoto, a veterinarian who travels to Fukushima Prefecture to save animals in communities devastated by last year’s disaster, this was not an uncommon sight. In […]

SF: NLF ‘s annual “Dowa no Omatsuri: A Festival of Children’s Stories”

Nihonmachi Little Friends will present its annual “Dowa no Omatsuri: A Festival of Children’s Stories” at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in S.F. The theme for the theater performance is “Help * Heal * Hope! Commemorating the One-Year Anniversary of the Northern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.” GenRyu Arts and the students of NLF will […]

THE KAERU KID: Medellin, Colombia: The City of the Eternal Spring

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. This city was once infamous for being Pablo Escobar’s home, the notorious head of the cocaine drug cartel, until he was killed in December 1993. The murder rate was very high and no sensible American would dare visit. There were an estimated 6,500 murders in 1991 in […]

Jeremy Lin and Bruce Lee

All my life I’ve wondered exactly how Bruce Lee, the world’s greatest martial artist (at least in film), could be Asian, but there had never been a dominant, cat-quick, ninja-like point guard, akin to Allen Iverson, or Brandon Jennings — thin, wiry, yet strong and fluid, and SO quick you couldn’t stop him. As an […]

Family of dementia patient files wrongful death suit against conservator, transit agencies

The family of a San Francisco dementia patient who died last year filed a wrongful death suit against transit agencies responsible for his transportation and his conservator for what they call elder abuse and negligence. San Francisco attorney Ingrid Evans announced the litigation in a news conference on Feb. 8 with members of Kenneth Chin’s […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Divine dragon

龍 (ryu or tatsu) means “dragon,” which consists of three parts. The top left side represents a person standing, and below that represents the moon. The right side represents the form of a dragon. 神 (jin or Kami) means “God,” which consists of two parts. The left side represents a divine altar and the right […]

OBITUARY: Gosei Gregory Kimura

KIMURA, GOSEI GREGORY peacefully passed on January 29, 2012 after a battle with lung cancer. He was born in Fukuoka, Japan on Jan. 9, 1958. In November 1960, he came to San Francisco with his mom, dad and four older sisters. He went to Commodore Sloat Elementary School, Aptos Jr. High School and graduated George […]

A TIME TO REMEMBER: The 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066

On Feb. 19, 1942, then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting the wheels in motion for one of the largest violations of civil liberties in the country’s history. The forced exclusion of those of Japanese descent from the West Coast — most of whom were American citizens — and their mass incarceration in […]

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