Archives for April 2012

‘Kids on the Slope,’ New Series by Director of ‘Cowboy Bebop,’ Now Streaming Online (legally)

The highly anticipated “Kids on the Slope,” the new anime series by Shinichiro Watanabe, is now available online through Crunchyroll. I caught the first episode last night, and I highly recommend it for just about all audiences, whether they’re into animation or not. The show takes place in 1966 in rural Kyushu and centers on […]

Stockton tolerance garden honors WWII-era educator

STOCKTON, Calif. — Bone-chilling morning breezes didn’t cool the warm feelings of some 125 supporters who gathered at a garden dedication at the San Joaquin Delta College on April 14 to honor late World War II-era educator Elizabeth Humbargar’s decades of service to the Japanese American community. The Stockton chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League […]

A review of ‘Prisoners and Patriots’

“Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe,” according to the film’s writer/director/producer Neil H. Simon, is the first film to tell the story of the World War II-era internment camp run by the Department of Justice in Santa Fe, N.M. The recent film (which was shown at Day of Remembrance […]

Asaki Osato named 2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen

Asaki Osato, a college student from San Jose, was crowned 2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown on April 14. Candidates Chihiro Hirai, Manami Kidera, Osato, Miki Fukai and Megumi Yoshida competed for the role of queen in the program, a highlight of the 45th annual Northern California […]

S.F.’s Japantown kicks off 45th annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

The streets of San Francisco’s Japantown were filled with people who had gathered amid the fluttering pink petals of the cherry blossom trees to celebrate the first day of the 2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 14. Allen Okamoto, one of the co-chairs of the festival, described the annual event as “one […]


BABA, MIYE passed away peacefully, March 14, 2012, at the age of 89. She was born Miyeko Kato, youngest of five, to Rinbei and Kiwa (Otsuji) Kato in Alamo, Calif., on September 25, 1922. She lived most of her childhood in the coastal towns of Pescadero and Half Moon Bay. Miye met and married Nobuzo […]

A NOTE TO OUR READERS: Funding crisis necessitates less frequent publication

Dear loyal readers and members, We regret to inform you that due to the current economic crisis, which has greatly impacted our advertising and sponsorships over the past year, we will immediately switch to a bi-weekly format after this issue. The next issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly will be dated Thursday, May 3, 2012. […]

A Trend Toward Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Choice Laws

The year 2011 saw a record number of laws restricting abortion in U.S. states. It also saw a record number of state anti-immigrant laws. Coincidence? Maybe not. In 2011, U.S. states enacted 135 new reproductive health provisions, 92 of them seeking to restrict abortion. In 2000, 13 states were considered “hostile” to reproductive rights; by […]

Fresno radio station’s investment in Hmong community pays off

In the late 1970s, the radio station KBIF in Fresno, Calif., focused primarily on religious broadcasting. It was getting by financially, but that was about all it was doing. Then, in the mid-1980s, the small AM station decided to make a few changes in its programming. California’s Central Valley was beginning to see more Asian […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: What would you eat?

Maybe it’s because the Mayans calculated the end of the 13th Baktun on Dec. 21 of this year. Perhaps it’s because that radio network preacher has predicted the end of days … on multiple dates, mind you. Or perhaps it’s just because the National Geographic Channel airs a show called “Doomsday Preppers” every Tuesday evening […]