Archives for 2012


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 […]

East West Players holds discussion on race politics in American theater

LOS ANGELES — East West Players led a discussion on race politics in American theater Oct. 22, at its Little Tokyo theater. The panel consisted of the artistic directors of four of the leading theaters in Southern California, Christopher Ashley of La Jolla Playhouse, Sheldon Epps of Pasadena Playhouse, Marc Masterson of South Coast Repertory […]

Asian American media group criticizes use of yellowface in ‘Cloud Atlas’

LOS ANGELES — The Media Action Network for Asian Americans has released a statement criticizing the new Warner Brothers film, “Cloud Atlas,” which it said has been promoted as “artistically groundbreaking because its actors swap racial and sexual identities — as business-as-usual in its exclusion and offensive yellow-faced renditions of Asian people.” The multi-ethnic epic […]

LITTLE TOKYO COMMUNITY LEADER DIES: Frances Hashimoto, head of Mikawaya and community activist, passes away

LOS ANGELES — Frances Hashimoto, a longtime Little Tokyo business owner and civic leader, died Nov. 4. Hashimoto, who was born in the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona in 1943, passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was president and CEO of Mikawaya, a Little Tokyo-based bakery and ice cream empire owned […]

Increasingly, new face of Asian American electorate is a Democrat

After the election, media noted that Latino voters helped buoy President Barack Obama to a second term. Largely ignored, however, was the Asian American vote, which exit polls show trumped even Latino support for the president. National exit polls show that more than 70 percent of Asian American voters broke for Obama, and that this […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPIs make historic gains on Election Day

Editor’s Note: A version of this column was originally posted on Bill Wong’s blog, It was a historic day for Asian American Pacific Islanders throughout the nation. In California, the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus held their position as the second largest ethnic caucus in the state legislature, with 11 members, by winning four […]


NIHEI, DEN passed away suddenly on Oct. 24, 2012. He was born Jan. 11, 1937, and was a resident of Berkeley, Calif. He was predeceased by his brother, Ryo (Sumi); and leaves behind his siblings, Ken, Jun (Michimi), Tom (Judy), Rick, Fumi; his longtime companion, Kim Onoyama; and many nieces and nephews. He will be […]

OBITUARY: Etsumi Sasaki Mihara

MIHARA, ETSUMI SAKAKI died Nov. 6, 2012. She was born Oct. 12, 1920, and raised in Fremont Calif., graduating from Washington High School in 1937. Etsumi’s family was moved to the internment camp at Topaz, Utah in 1942. She married Kenji Mihara in Fillmore, Utah in 1944. Etsumi lived the past 67 years of her […]

OBITUARY: Mitzi Mitsuko Fukami

FUKAMI, MITZI MITSUKO passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 30, 2012. Beloved wife of the late Junzo Fukami, devoted mother to Dianne (Gerry Nakano) and Jill (Daniel Heitmann), loving grandmother to Lindsay, Kenichi, Hillary and Koji. Sister to Alyce Shimakawa, Ted Murano and the late Chiyo Yamada. Mitzi was born in Stockton, Calif. to Shigeki and […]

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