Archives for May 2012

‘Phantoms’ takes a modern look at ancient Asian cultural beliefs

Exploring themes of life, death and beyond, “Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past” is the Asian Art Museum’s first large-scale contemporary art exhibit. Examining timeless themes and questions of the cosmos, “Phantoms” features more than 150 artworks, combining 60 new works with objects from the museum’s current collection. This exhibit blends new perspectives of […]


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Soaring six stories high in the courtyard, the California State Museum’s Constitution Wall proclaimed in huge words “rights,” “redress,” “without discrimination” and “liberty” to the some 300 well-wishers of the Japanese American World War II veterans honored on May 26. This was the striking backdrop as Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) presented almost […]

Hirabayashi, dean of first ethnic studies school, dies

James Akira Hirabayashi, an emeritus professor of anthropology and ethnic and Asian American studies at San Francisco State University — where he served as the first dean of the first ethnic studies program in the country — passed away peacefully in San Francisco on May 23, 2012. He was 85. “Jim’s passing was going to […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Cal architect a ‘role model’ for ‘all women’

Four young women were granted scholarships at the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley’s 22nd annual meeting April 21: Emily Ikuta in political science, Sierra Senzaki in English, Rosa Yoshitsugu (undeclared) and Sara Muraoka Koehler of the Graduate School of Mechanical Engineering. Amy Fujiwara Shen was awarded a fellowship in ethnic studies, and she […]

So Cal: archeology and historic restoration workshops at Manzanar

The National Park Service will offer three different volunteer archeology and historic restoration workshops at Manzanar National Historic Site this summer. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and be able to work outdoors. To sign up, go to: or contact Jeff Burton at or (760) 878-2194 x3305. Manzanar National Historic Site […]

THE KAERU KID: My tales of the South Pacific

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Pohnpei (Micronesia) My reason, this time, for island hopping in the South Pacific was not to bake on the beach or soak in nature’s bathtub on the islands, but because of my interest in ancient cultures, and learning more about the people there. My destination […]

Baking a new recipe for journalism

You’ve heard of biofuels, but how about a newspaper that runs on tofu? That’s the groundbreaking experiment being conducted by the Nichi Bei Weekly, a modest, yet historically significant newspaper that serves the Japanese American community in Northern California. On June 2, in San Francisco’s Japantown, the newspaper’s staff and a host of volunteers will […]

OBITUARY: Sam Masao Tanaka

TANAKA, SAM MASAO, 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 10, 2012 in Sacramento. Born Aug. 19, 1927 in Lodi, Calif., Sam was one of eight children of the late Frank and Shigeko Tanaka. Sam married Jenny Okamoto on Oct. 6, 1957. During WWII, along with other Japanese Americans in the San Joaquin […]

OBITUARY: Namiko Yokoyama

YOKOYAMA, NAMIKO passed away on May 23, 2012 at California Pacific Medical Center at the age of 94. Namiko was born in Suisun, Calif., received her education in Japan, and returned to the U.S. in 1937. She resided in San Francisco for the past 65 years. Affiliated with Buddhist Church of S.F., S.F. Buddhist Women’s […]

OBITUARY: Sylvia Malm Sawada

SAWADA, SYLVIA MALM passed away peacefully on May 17, 2012. Beloved wife of Haruo “Hank” Sawada; cherished daughter of Ada and the late Johannes Malm and daughter-in-law of Asao “Art” Sawada; loving sister of Lidia (Terry) Amonson; dear aunt of Kristina (Rob) Copeland, Erik (Shawna Anderson) Amonson and of great-nephew Will Copeland. Will also be […]

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