Archives for June 2012

Ethnic candidates largely succeed in CA primary

Despite possibly record low voter turnout, candidates of color largely achieved success in California’s June 5 primary. Fifty-seven Democrats advanced to the November general election in California’s 53 congressional districts, according to Tenoch Flores, communications director of the California Democratic Party. Twenty-six of them were candidates of color. “Asian Americans did well. Out of our […]

OBITUARY: Frances Masako Hoshiyama

HOSHIYAMA, FRANCES MASAKO, born on Jan. 16, 1917, in Woodland, Calif., passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside on June 10, 2012, at the age of 95. She grew up helping her parents farm tomatoes for the Del Monte Company. She graduated from Woodland High School and completed vocational sewing school as an […]

SoCal Japanese Americans anticipate joyful summer celebrations

LOS ANGELES — Japanese Americans in Southern California are gearing up for a summer of festivals — both the Buddhist Obon observances and secular summer celebrations — that include dancing and carnivals. Obon is a traditional Japanese Buddhist event to honor and thank one’s ancestors for the gift of life. The meaning of Obon, according […]

COMMENTARY: Jim Hirabayashi, academic, actor, brother

Jim was active in the student strike at San Francisco State University. He was instrumental in establishing the Ethnic Studies dept. and the Asian American Studies dept. at SFSU, precursors of similar departments at other universities throughout the country. After the student strike, he with the late George Araki and the late Clifford Uyeda started […]

Summer festivals in the East Bay

The annual observance of Obon in the East Bay is both a time for the area’s Japanese Americans to remember their loved ones and an opportunity for the community to learn more about Buddhism. With a high concentration of Japanese Americans living in the area, the East Bay has multiple Obon and bazaar events. Set […]

Central Valley summer festivals

Marysville Buddhist Church The Marysville Buddhist Church’s summer highlight is its Obon festival. According to the Marysville Buddhist Church’s Website, the church was officially established on April 1, 1908. However, since then, its congregation, and attendance for the church’s summer events, have also decreased. According to part-time church Secretary Joyce Nakatsu, “One hundred-something” people participate […]

OBITUARY: Stella Isao Kimura

KIMURA, STELLA ISAO, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at home on May 19, 2012 at the age of 96. She was born in Sebastopol, Calif. on March 20, 1916 to Ichitaro and Yumi Shigematsu. She was educated in Japan with her sister Rose and returned to California in 1931. Stella is survived by […]

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