Archives for January 2013

Lost words

It has been said by many that writing letters is a lost art form. People under the age of 35 or so may have never experienced the sentimental emotions of discovering that dusty old shoebox full of beautifully crafted letters that convey love, joy, sorrow and introspection. The grief-stricken letter with tear-stained handwriting or the […]

OBITUARY: Elsie T. Nakagawa

NAKAGAWA, ELSIE T., 83, passed away Dec. 13, 2012 in San Francisco. Born in Marysville, Calif. on Jan. 19, 1929, Elsie was the youngest of Tetsuzo and Kiyo Nakagawa’s 10 children. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Alice Imamoto, James, George and Gladys Nakagawa, Jean Shinbori, Dorothy Stanton, Eleanor Nickel, Helen […]

OBITUARY: William Kiyoshi Hikido

HIKIDO, WILLIAM KIYOSHI, 80, entered into rest on Dec. 18, 2012. Born in S.F. on Oct. 19, 1932. Bill and his family were internees at the Amache Internment Camp in Colorado during World War II. After the war, they came back to San Francisco where he attended George Washington High School and City College of […]

OBITUARY: Fujie Shinozaki

SHINOZAKI, FUJIE, 76, was a loving family matriarch, manager of a successful family business, and a person of devout faith whose passion and inner strength helped her be a success in everything she did. The daughter of Teijiro and Tome Abe, and the middle sister of four, she was born in Koga-machi, Fukuoka Prefecture in […]

FULL COUNT: Godzilla retires as Spring Training nears

As expected, former Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui officially retired on Jan. 3. The Houston Astros had been interested in 38-year-old, but injuries forced him from playing in the World Baseball Classic and ultimately out of baseball. Matsui enjoyed success throughout his two decades in Japan and the majors, winning championships in both leagues. He was […]

Hideki Matsui retires from baseball

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Japanese outfielder Hideki Matsui announced his retirement from baseball Dec. 27, putting an end to his illustrious career on both sides of the Pacific. “Today, I am bringing my 20-year baseball career to an end. I want to thank the fans who supported me and everyone in the press,” Matsui said […]

Shinzen Japanese Garden’s beauty threatened by vandals

A recent spate of vandalism has raised concern for a Japanese garden in Fresno, Calif. The local media reported that the Shinzen Japanese Garden, located within Fresno’s 300-acre Woodward Regional Park, had seen several of its granite stone lanterns turned over and broken in recent months, worrying the park’s caretakers. Richard Kassabian, president of the […]

Beate Gordon, a drafter of Japan’s Constitution, dies at 89

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Beate Sirota Gordon, a drafter of the Japanese Constitution who wrote its article stipulating the equality of the sexes, died Dec. 30 of pancreatic cancer at her home in New York, her daughter Nicole said Dec. 31. She was 89. “Her last public statements had to do with preserving the peace […]

NYC, through Tomine’s lens

NEW YORK DRAWINGS By Adrian Tomine (Montreal, Quebec: Drawn and Quarterly, 2012, 176 pp., $20.95 (U.S.), hard cover) The most striking thing about “New York Drawings,” a collection of Adrian Tomine’s artwork, mostly from the New Yorker magazine, is just how rich with content it is. The idea of a collection of illustrations might sound […]

Shattering the stereotype

SHATTERED: THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMICS ANTHOLOGY (SECRET IDENTITIES) Edited by Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow, Jerry Ma (New York: The New Press, 2012, 208 pp., $21.95, paperback) It has been more than three years since “Secret Identities” came out. At the time, the series touted itself as an innovative Asian American comic anthology centered […]

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