Archives for August 2012

OBITUARY: Ken Onishi

ONISHI, KEN passed away peacefully on July 22, 2012 at the age of 86, surrounded by his family, wife, Kay; children, Gail (Bob) Mametsuka, Kerry (Richard) Untalan, Keith Onishi, Shelly (Paul) Iwamasa; and all of his grandchildren, Nina and Drew Mametsuka, Zack, Chad and Troy Untalan and Cole, Owen and Tai Iwamasa; a comforting and […]

AAPI groups support Sikh community after Wis. shootings

Groups from across the nation have condemned the Aug. 5 shootings at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee, and expressed their support for the community. The shootings left seven people dead, including the gunman, Wade Michael Page. Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, who was shot several times, is among those who were injured. “The events […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Revisiting Tule Lake

Interest in the 2012 Tule Lake Pilgrimage ran so high this year that the slots for participants were filled within three weeks. I signed up early, and was one of the lucky 400 or so to participate. People from the National Park Service, scholars and students, and any number of interested parties attended the pilgrimage. […]

Ed Wang, first player of full Chinese descent in the NFL, hopes to make the Raiders

NAPA, Calif. — When Ed Wang was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2010, he broke ground as the first player of full Chinese descent to play in the National Football League. After a couple of injury-plagued seasons in New York, which limited his playing time as a rookie and wiped out his 2011 season, […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The Yoshitomi files, and a study of anti-Japanism

In 1924, Congress passed the National Origins Act, which barred all Japanese immigration to the United States. Throughout the surrounding years, the “Japanese question” — that is, the labor and social status of ethnic Japanese — remained the subject of endless debate among policymakers, journalists, nativist pressure groups and religious organizations, as well as the […]

LETTERS: Concert reinforces community connections

Note: This letter was sent in response to the Aug. 9-22, 2012 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, I read with interest Aidan Noda’s story of the free concert at Nihonmachi Little Friends July 29 to celebrate the release of Tatsu Aoki’s “Toyoakimoto” album. Saxophonist Francis Wong was also one of the concert’s […]

Truman’s grandson visits Hiroshima, meets A-bomb victims

HIROSHIMA — Clifton Truman Daniel, the eldest grandson of former U.S. President Harry Truman, visited the Hiroshima on Aug. 4 and met with survivors of the wartime atomic bombing ordered by his grandfather. The 55-year-old former journalist listened to an 83-year-old survivor who said he had to leave his mother behind as he ran from […]

AAPI Olympic medalists

Kyla Ross Gymnastics Women’s Team: Gold Nathan Adrian Swimming Men’s 100m Freestyle: Gold Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay: Silver Natalie Coughlin Swimming Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay: Bronze Lia Neal Swimming Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay: Bronze Clarissa Chun Weightlifting Women’s 48kg Freestyle: Bronze Upcoming Events Paige McPherson Taekwondo Women’s -67kg: Preliminary Round versus Sarah Stevenson of the […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Miso & Ale pop-up

With the amount of time I spend at Vino, I keep telling myself to try those other dining establishments in the 50th because, you know, there ARE other restaurants out there. But I keep telling myself, “OK, next week,” “or the week after,” “or next month,” and by the time you know it, that recently […]

AN OUTDOOR URBAN GALLERY: The San Jose Japantown mural

SAN JOSE — Described as an “urban gallery,” the artistry, color, and vision of designer/artist Tamiko Rast and a number of local artists shines through the 60 uniquely crafted panels reflecting images of San Jose’s Japantown, both past and present. After two years, the mural project, which is fixed to the city’s Corporation Yard fence […]

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