Archives for February 2012

A disappointing comparison during the 70th anniversary of EO 9066

In 2008 I voted for President Obama hoping for comparisons with Franklin D Roosevelt, a Democratic president who entered office amid a financial crisis and who used the federal government to help working people find and keep jobs. However, I did not expect or want my comparison to extend to FDR’s signing 70 years ago […]

THE GREAT DIVIDE: Community discusses redistricting in S.F.’s Japantown

Concerned members of the Japantown community and those of neighborhoods surrounding the ethnic enclave met on Feb. 3 to discuss the potential redistricting boundaries of San Francisco’s voting districts. One of the proposals suggested drawing a boundary that would result in the area north of Geary Boulevard leaving Japantown’s District 5 for District 2, which […]

A rant from a Japanese American: Pete Hoekstra, this is about you

Dear Mr. Pete Hoekstra, You appealed to the general public on Super Bowl Sunday to vote for you, rather than that spendy Democrat incumbent of yours. That ad, which you say is not racist and not at all demeaning to Asians — and is actually just rhetoric against the taxing excess shown by Debbie Stabenow […]

Sac: Sogetsu Ikebana 10th anniversary flower show

Sogetsu Ikebana will hold its 10th anniversary flower and demonstration show at the Sacramento Garden and Art Center in McKinley Park, 3300 McKinley Blvd., in Sacramento, Calif. The event will feature Kika Shibata’s Sacramento students’ work. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 to 3 p.m. […]

Asians a reality on TV

In the coming weeks, two Emmy-winning reality TV series will premier with a host of colorful personalities vying for fame, fortune and personal accomplishments. Both programs will air on CBS, “Survivor: One World” and “The Amazing Race.” According to CBS, “Survivor: One World” will feature 18 contestants who are split into two tribes of nine […]

‘I Am Bruce Lee’ to open in limited theaters in February

As a cultural icon for Asian American and mainstream audiences alike, Bruce Lee is considered an inspirational figure. The upcoming release of “I Am Bruce Lee,” which Canadian filmmaker Pete McCormack directed, explores Lee’s life through archival footage and interviews with people who were close to him. Lee, whose thinking was both revolutionary and controversial, […]

Asians nominated for Oscars

The 84th Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will air on Sunday, Feb. 26. Some 5,783 members will have cast their votes for the outstanding film achievements of 2011, with films from 63 countries. The awards ceremony will take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in […]

Deporting ‘troublemakers’ redux

Time of Remembrance observances are coming up in another few weeks, a good time to do something to assure, “never again.” This year, in the context of the National Defense Authorization Act that provides for indefinite military detention of the accused, we need to be more vigilant than ever, especially with two companion pieces of […]

OBITUARY: Michiko (Michi) Horio

HORIO, MICHIKO (MICHI) passed away peacefully in her sleep in her own residence on December 31, 2011 at the age of 89. She was the widow of Toshio Horio, who passed away 20 years earlier. Michiko had recently enjoyed Christmas Eve and Christmas celebrations only a few days earlier at the homes of family and […]

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