Archives for January 2013

Reflections from Ishinomaki

Moved by the destruction from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and the devastating tsunami, in October of 2012, seven members of the Nakayoshi Young Professionals traveled to Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi Prefecture with the nonprofit Megumi Japan. Here, they share their reflections. Images of the insatiable tsunami created by the massive earthquake off the […]

JAMsj 25th anniversary gala focuses on the past, present and future

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) held its 25th anniversary gala Dec. 2 that drew approximately 250 people to the Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown. The evening focused on the museum’s past, present and future. The gala, which featured the theme “Come JAMsj with Us,” included a keynote address by Dr. […]

New JANM exec expands focus to attract younger generations

LOS ANGELES — Symbolizing the evolution of Japanese America is Dr. G.W. (Greg) Kimura, a Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese American) of mixed race, who will soon observe his one-year anniversary as chief executive officer at the Japanese American National Museum. The fourth-generation Alaskan took over on Jan. 20, 2012 from Dr. Akemi Kikumura Yano, who […]

TULE LAKE PRESERVATION: A progress report

Tule Lake’s segregation history resonates with America’s deepest held beliefs — about standing up for one’s convictions and challenging those who have abused power. Yet, perversely, due to lingering World War II propaganda that cast Japanese American challengers to the unjust incarceration as disloyal subversives, our community has been slow to recognize courageous individual responses […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Golden light

金 (kon or kin) means “golden or gold,” which consists of two parts. The top is the shape of a mountain and the bottom represents gold in the soil. å…‰ (ko or hikari) consists of two parts. The top represents fire flames, and the bottom represents a person’s legs. Looking back at 2012, many things […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Once deferred, a dream’s coming true

I am giddy with good feelings about the election that was held this past year. My friend Jim kept insisting that the statistician Nate Silver was predicting a big win for President Barack Obama, but it was hard to believe that the white majority in our country was going to give enough support to make […]

PARTING SHOTS: Names of coalition builders that glow in our memory

Once upon a Yellow Peril/Jim Crow time, as a young man from Korea with ink in his blood — probably the first Asian immigrant to be hired by a white daily in the continental United States — I boarded a slow boat to San Francisco. And at my twilight year of 84, this aging FOB […]

ISLANDERS IN EXILE: The history of Bainbridge, Terminal Island Nikkei

Off the Pacific Coast, the historic Japanese villages of Terminal Island in Southern California’s San Pedro Bay and Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound share attributes as close-knit, cohesive, and self-contained communities with abrupt converging histories. From the early 1900s, while the Issei worked hard in fishing and canneries at Fish Harbor, and […]

Little Tokyo sees uptick in business, numerous leadership changes

LOS ANGELES — Little Tokyo saw an increase in business during the past year while also experiencing changes in its community institutions, with one nonprofit organization choosing a familiar face to be its interim leader after its newly chosen executive director quit under questionable circumstances, while two others selected new individuals to replace retiring leaders. […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: What does the 2012 election mean for AAPIs?

The recent election was nothing short of historic for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). When the dust settled on the morning after the election, the first openly gay AAPI, the first Hindu and the first Chinese American to represent New York were elected to Congress. It was also when the first AAPI woman was […]

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