Archives for June 2012

Obama intends to nominate farmer to Nat’l Council on the Arts

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate David Mas Masumoto as a member of the National Council on the Arts on June 20. Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer, author, and columnist for The Fresno Bee. Masumoto’s books include “Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm,” “Harvest […]

Chinatown death triggers worries about isolated elders

A tragedy happened in San Francisco’s Chinatown in mid-April. Yee-Shui Mar, age 91, fell from a window in her apartment building. The Chinese-language newspaper Sing Tao Daily reported that Mar, who was from Taishan City in Guangdong province, lived alone. She had a married daughter and grandchildren living elsewhere. Mar’s neighbors told Sing Tao that […]

LETTERS: A paper that’s worth reading

Dear Editor, We appreciate the work you do to make the Nichi Bei Weekly a paper we look forward to reading. Ruth Seo Buddhist Church of Sacramento

LETTERS: Article spans Sacramento’s redevelopment to Obon

Dear Editor, Congratulations, on a very nice article of Sacramento’s Obon and food festival in your Nichi Bei Weekly of June 14, 2012.  The Japanese American community did a great job of recovering after the relocation caused by the city redevelopment project. Tom Nakagawa Sacramento, Calif.

Sacramento Obon boasts large attendance

Obon festivals take place at various Japanese Buddhist temples every summer, bringing together Japanese Americas, as well as some intrigued locals, increasing attendance levels for Obon festivals each year. Not only does the Buddhist Church of Sacramento have the largest church membership within the Buddhist Churches of America, it also has up to almost 700 Japanese American […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Mervyn M. Dymally, former Congressional Black Caucus chair, a vital redress advocate

During the early 1970s, the movement for Japanese American redress (as it would later be called) was born. It started as a collection of grassroots activists seeking to raise popular consciousness about the wartime removal of Japanese Americans. One notable leader was Sue Kunitomi Embrey, who founded the annual Manzanar Pilgrimages. Another central figure was […]


Since we’re starting the Obon season, this is the time to reflect on those who have passed on and remember those times and events that still make us smile. After all, Obon season is when we dance and celebrate with our ancestors. I’m sure you’re not surprised that many of my memories have something to […]

L.A. County repeals 1942 support for WWII incarceration

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County board of supervisors voted unanimously June 6 to repeal its 1942 resolution supporting the incarceration of Japanese Americans shortly after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, which led the United States to enter World War II. “To ignore this and to leave it as unfinished business is essentially to […]

Community works to preserve Clarksburg’s Holland Union Gakuen

CLARKSBURG, Calif. — Located across the Sutter Slough stream in Clarksburg, just off Courtland Road and nestled among a small gathering of trees stands the modest-looking and cherished schoolhouse known among those in this rural Japanese American community as the Holland Union Gakuen. Built in 1927, hundreds of Japanese American children learned Japanese and gained […]

A Japanese American minister, born in Japan, raised in the U.S.

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Buddhist Church of Oakland is located a few blocks away from the city’s Chinatown and across the street from Madison Park. The Rev. Harry “Gyokyo” Bridge, a 41-year-old minister, leads the small congregation. He has been a minister for the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) for six years. His first position […]

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