Archives for October 2012

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: Senior service organizations help sandwich generation care for aging parents

In the United States, the typical caregiver is a 48-year-old woman providing care for a relative, according to a 2009 report by the American Association of Retired Persons. The report states that 31.2 percent of U.S. households have had at least one person serve as an unpaid caregiver within a year. The “sandwich generation,” adult […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Five Kings of Champagne

During the first week of September, Food & Wine magazine, Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Chef Alan Wong hosted the second annual Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival at multiple locations in Honolulu. The four-day event featured numerous dinners, cocktail seminars and educational tours highlighting locally grown products. Since Food & Wine magazine was one of the […]

Increasing the relevance of minority voters, from an ethnic media perspective

In May 2012, minority newborns began to outnumber their white counterparts in the U.S. But even with an African American president and huge growth of minority populations, why is it we as minorities are still far from exercising the full potential of our political power as voters? Our voter turnout numbers are relatively low because […]

Police chief defends probe of teacher who committed suicide

ALBANY, Calif. (Bay City News Service) — Albany’s police chief is defending the way his department handled its investigation into a teacher who was arrested on suspicion of molestation but committed suicide before he was charged with a crime. In a statement he issued on Oct. 4, Police Chief Mike McQuiston said, “James Izumizaki’s arrest […]

Gangnam Style video upends crossover success myths

Anthropologists and linguists no doubt are having a field day trying to chronicle and dissect how, in the early autumn of 2012, “Gangnam Style” became an American idiomatic expression. It stands for something along the lines of a brash, flamboyant way of doing things, clownishness, or an act of in-your-face spoofing that is both original […]

THE KAERU KID: Roaming Romania and Bulgaria

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series. The next day, I took a train journey to Sofia, Bulgaria on an old dirty overnight train that had no sleepers and hard uncomfortable chairs. A stop at the Bulgarian border took two and a half hours to check passports, even though there were few […]

Yoshie Iwasaki, who stood against eminent domain, dies at 103

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Yoshie Iwasaki, who stood against the city’s eminent domain for several years, died on Oct. 4, 2012 at her West Sacramento home. She was 103. Even in her advanced age, in recent months she was able to partake in family milestones such as a granddaughter’s mid-September wedding in Southern California, a […]

OBITUARY: Kiyoka Gabriela Matsuoka

MATSUOKA, KIYOKA GABRIELA, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 26, 2012. She was born in Callao, Peru. She is survived by her husband, Wayne; son, Jeff and his wife, Akemi; daughter, Grace Doll and her husband, Karl; and their daughter, Tamlyn. She is also survived by her brothers, Jimmy Naganuma (Nobuko), George Naganuma, Tony […]

FULL COUNT: Playoffs and tidbits

The quest for a World Series ring is in full swing and several players of Japanese descent have contributed to their teams’ efforts. Here is a recap of the 2012 postseason thus far. In the best-of-seven American League Championship Series the Yankees trail Detroit 3-0 and their title hopes have gravely diminished. In Game 1 […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Pioneering Nisei writer and physician, Yasuo Sasaki, fought for reproductive freedom

This is the first installment of a two-part series that traces aspects of the long and rich life of Dr. Yasuo Sasaki, who was a pioneering Nisei poet and intellectual, as well as a scientist, physician and fighter for reproductive freedom. Beginning at an early age, he worked to unite the twin strands of his […]

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