Archives for November 2012

Property crime increases in S.F.’s J-Town, as police presence decreases

This year, the city of San Francisco as a whole has seen an increase in property crime, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Some San Francisco Japantown merchants said they have also noticed an increase in crime. With the holiday shopping season in full swing, crime is expected to increase as well. “We’re historically […]

LGBT rights activist, Tak Yamamoto, dies

LOS ANGELES — Long-time Manzanar Committee leader Takenori “Tak” Yamamoto, of Los Angeles, died on Nov. 9, 2012, the Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee announced in a statement issued Nov. 16. Yamamoto, 74, died of natural causes, according to long-time partner Karl Fish. Yamamoto’s family was among the some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were forcibly […]

FULL COUNT: Japan’s chance for Classic three-peat gets tougher

Japan will have to win this spring without the marquee players that helped them in the past. This week New York Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda and free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki announced they will not play for the two-time champion in the World Baseball Classic becoming the latest Japanese stars to opt out of the […]

THE KAERU KID: Lima — more than beans

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two part series. Yes, lima beans originated in Peru, but the pronunciation changed when they arrived on our shores. Boxes of beans shipped worldwide were labeled “Lima, Peru” and became known as lima beans. Tomatoes and peanuts are also originally from Peru. The rice-like staple, quinoa, which […]

Pioneering scholar Setsuko Nishi dies

Dr. Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi, professor emerita of sociology at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, died on Nov. 17, 2012 at the age of 91. Nishi was a pioneering scholar of Asian Americans and multiracial relations. Setsuko Matsunaga was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 1921, the second of […]

TO VOTE TODAY: ‘All the Koreans, over here!’

The failure of state election officials to ensure a level playing field for all voters was amplified on November 6 when Korean Americans at one voting precinct site in Virginia were ordered by poll workers to form a separate line so as not to slow down the process for white voters. The lines were re-integrated […]

Attorney: Oikos shooting suspect is mentally incompetent

OAKLAND, Calif. (Bay City News Service) — A psychiatrist has concluded that the man accused of killing seven people in a shooting rampage at Oakland’s Oikos University earlier this year is incompetent to stand trial, the man’s attorney said Nov. 19. The psychiatrist, whose report was discussed at a brief court hearing Nov. 19, found […]

No-nos, renunciants speak out about stigma over wartime actions

TORRANCE, Calif. — The “No-No Boys” and renunciants, Nikkei prisoners who protested the injustice of having to answer a “loyalty questionnaire” while incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II, were the focus of a forum held on Oct. 27 at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Room in Torrance. Although 70 years […]


This week’s entry will be a little set of international “footnotes.” One thing that I rather enjoy about writing “The Great Unknown” is that I do not generally have to add notes to show my sources, but can recount my stories uninterrupted. It does make drafting my columns a rather more relaxed process, when compared […]

LET’S TALK: About Depression

Feeling blue, sad, lethargic or unmotivated can be a transient mood that comes with disappointing news, such as not getting the job you interviewed for, being turned down for a date, or missing someone who has moved away. “Situational depression” is a normal response to difficult situations and down moods tends to dissipate with time […]

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