Archives for July 2012

Antinuclear rally draws 170,000 people

TOKYO — An anti-nuclear power plant rally called for by a group led by Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe and other celebrities drew a crowd of around 170,000 people on July 16 at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, according to organizers. The Metropolitan Police Department, which provided security for the event, said the assembly attracted around 75,000 […]

JACL elects first non-Nikkei president

WASHINGTON — The Japanese American Citizens League announced its national board for 2012 to 2014 in a statement issued July 17. The elections were held in early July during the 2012 JACL National Convention in Bellevue, Wash. Rep. Mike Honda administered the oath of office to the new officers on July 7. JACL’s national board is […]

Tule Lake Pilgrimage focuses on ‘No-Nos’ and renunciants

Editor’s Note: This is the first piece of a two-part series. TULELAKE, Calif. — Widespread interest in the history of the complex and often misunderstood Tule Lake Segregation Center is building momentum as evidenced by the level of participation at the biennial, four-day Tule Lake Pilgrimage, held this year from June 30 to July 3. […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Any Riesling to attend a wine tasting

OK, so I borrowed that line from John I., the resident punster of Vino. But about a month ago, Kevin Toyama, lead sommelier at the Halekulani (2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu) arranged a wine dinner featuring German wines imported by Rudi Wiest of Cellar International and included Dr. Marcel Tyrell from Karthauserhof, Marcel von den Benken […]

Battling the stigma of HIV in the API community

Seventeen years ago, Henry Ocampo did not think he would make it past his 25th birthday. A fresh graduate from the University of California, Davis, the young Filipino American was the pride and joy of his family. None of them knew his status. As an HIV prevention worker, Ocampo knew the risks. Although his then-partner […]

THE KAERU KID: A small bite of the Big Apple

“When it’s 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When it’s 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are six million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.” — Neil Simon I love New York and try to visit at least once a […]

The GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Prolific Nisei’s work ranged from authoring children’s books to designing stamps

During much of the 20th century, Japanese American artists, like other Asian Americans, had a difficult time pursing a career. They shared the troubles that other artists experienced of publicizing and selling their work in a market-driven economy where art was either treated as a commodity or ignored altogether. They also experienced additional difficulties as […]

Gov. Brown appoints Iwasaki to LA County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Edmund (Jerry) G. Brown Jr. announced May 18 the appointment of Bruce G. Iwasaki, along with several other appointees, to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Iwasaki, 61, of Los Angeles, has been a partner at Lim Ruger and Kim LLP since 2006. According to the firm, Iwasaki has […]

Citizens discuss options for Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit project

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) held an open house and presentation at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California in San Francisco’s Japantown on the evening of June 26. The presentation allowed locals to discuss the future plans for the proposed express bus […]

Parties ignore Asian American voters ‘at their peril’

Asian Americans represent the fastest growing demographic segment in this country and a critical voting bloc. But, according to a new first-of-its-kind poll released in early May, neither Republicans nor Democrats seem to be taking note. The Lake Research Partners poll is the first to gauge political attitudes among Asian American voters, who are largely […]

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