Archives for March 2012

Website aims to document Nikkei baseball players

The Nisei Baseball Research Project, a nonprofit organization founded to preserve and celebrate the history of Japanese American baseball, announced the launch of an online registry created to document all players of the often overlooked Japanese American baseball leagues of the past. Family members, friends and baseball fans are encouraged to visit and share […]

Ninjas, gangsters and ghosts, oh my!

Celebrating 30 years of Asian American film, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), will screen approximately 120 films in 12 theaters located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area from Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 18. For a full schedule, visit The […]

LA DOR: Human Relations Chief Warns of Dangers in Defense Authorization Act

LOS ANGELES — Robin Toma, the executive director of Los Angeles County’s Human Relations Commission, warned about threats to human rights and civil liberties in the National Defense Authorization Act that President Barack Obama signed into law at the end of last year. Toma sounded the alarm during his keynote speech Feb. 18 at the […]

COOKING UP COMPETITION: Will Jonas Otsuji be the sole ‘Survivor?’

Jonas Otsuji, a Utahn sushi chef, opted for a “brains over brawn” strategy on “Survivor: One World.” The 37-year-old Yonsei, who was raised on a farm in Honolulu and now runs a catering service, evokes the strategy of Judson “Fabio” Birza, the winner of “Survivor: Nicaragua.” The CBS show, now in its 24th season, takes […]

OBITUARY: Aiko Kajiyama

KAJIYAMA, AIKO, 92, of San Francisco, died peacefully on February 17, 2012. She is survived by daughter, Merline Taira, and sons, Clifford and Glen Kajiyama, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Takeo Kajiyama. Memorial services will be held at the San Francisco Buddhist Church, 1881 Pine […]

OBITUARY: S. Joseph ‘Joe’ Shiro

SHIRO, S. JOSEPH “JOE,” beloved father, grandfather and World War II veteran, passed away at age 88 in Alameda, Calif., on Feb. 20. Born in Sacramento on June 30, 1923 to Yoshimatsu Shiro and Hatsuko Ebisawa, he was the second of 6 boys, including Kazuo, Yoshio (Bob), Hideo (Whitey), Gunji (George) and Harumi (Jim). Raised […]

OBITUARY: Teruko Imada

IMADA, TERUKO passed away Feb. 20, 2012, to be with her beloved husband, Mitsuru Imada. Born May 27, 1917, she was known for her performances in the art of Japanese classical dance, her great wit and humor, and was loved by all who knew her. Teruko Imada will be greatly missed by her daughter, Irene […]

OBITUARY: Masako Martha Suzuki

SUZUKI, MASAKO MARTHA passed away peacefully Feb. 16, 2012. She was at her home, and surrounded by her loving family. She was 90. Born Aug. 28, 1921, Martha was a native of San Francisco. She was enrolled in classes at UC Berkeley when the U.S. declared war on Japan in 1941. During World War II, […]

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