Archives for May 2013

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Early play took an unflinching look at the trauma of the wartime incarceration

The form of this week’s column is new for me. Rather than focusing on individual Japanese Americans, it covers (or recovers) the unknown story of a pioneering theatrical drama, by the name of “Tondemonai — Never Happen!” It premiered in Los Angeles in May of 1970, and was the first commercially-produced play to dramatize the […]

THE KAERU KID: Buffet of Las Vegas tidbits

Many Las Vegas activities may be time sensitive, and since the Nichi Bei has decreased publication to bimonthly, Las Vegas Tidbits in the pipeline are going to be published in this article. Come on folks; encourage your friends to subscribe to this excellent community paper so weekly publication can be resumed. I am not a […]

Campaign counters depression stigma among Asian Americans

So you’re Asian American and you’re depressed. You suffer from insomnia and stomachache – symptoms frequently associated with depression. But heaven forbid you want to seek the help of a mental health caregiver. As a member of the “model minority” community in the United States, would that not diminish your standing in the eyes of […]

CSU Sacramento remembers founding ethnic studies faculty Wayne Maeda

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Wayne Maeda, a pioneer in the field of Asian American studies, was remembered at California State University, Sacramento on May 3 by more than 100 people his work has touched from all across California. Maeda, a founding faculty member of the CSUS Ethnic Studies Department, touched the lives of many and left […]

OBITUARY: Gengo Sakamoto

SAKAMOTO, GENGO, 89, died April 23, 2013. He was born Feb. 6, 1924. The longtime Monterey, Calif. resident had been in declining health the past few years, but was still able to live a full life until the end. He passed away at this daughter Michelle’s home in San Jose. Born in Guadalupe, Calif. to […]

Osaka mayor draws local criticism for ‘comfort women’ comments

Following his recent comments on the so-called “comfort women,” Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto received criticism from community members in Osaka’s sister city of San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area. On May 13 Hashimoto said that women forced into sexual slavery during World War II to serve the Japanese military were deemed “necessary […]

LETTERS: Obama administration an ‘unmitigated disaster’

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to Chizu Omori’s column entitled “The legacy of race in politics,” which ran in the May 2-15, 2013 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Ms. Omori, I have been reading your columns in Nichi Bei Times (and the Nichi Bei Weekly) for many years. They have […]

Five things you should know about Asian Americans

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. In honor of the occasion, here are five things that I think you should know about Asian Americans.* 1. We Don’t All Look Alike. In fact, most of us aren’t alike at all. When many non-Asians conjure a picture of “Asian American” in their minds, they see an East […]

OBITUARY: Dennis Ken Shimada

SHIMADA, DENNIS KEN, 57, passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Tomiko Shimada; and his nephew, Todd Hiromoto. He will be forever loved and missed by his sons, Kyle and Grant; daughter, Lauren; sisters, Donna (Stephen) Hiromoto, Kathy (Calvin) Ito, Karen (Kim […]

FULL COUNT: Okajima debuts, most doing well, a handful in decline

Nearing the end of the second month of the season, Athletics fans finally got to see the return of lefty specialist Hideki Okajima on May 19 against the Kansas City Royals, two days after he was called up to Oakland. He faced five batters, allowing one walk, one hit, and no runs in his first […]

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