Archives for July 2013

Nichi Bei Foundation receives large grant from The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation

The Nichi Bei Foundation — an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the Japanese American community connected, informed and empowered — recently received the largest grant in the three-and-a-half-year-old organization’s history. The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation has generously contributed $98,000 to the Nichi Bei Foundation to help continue its publication of the Nichi […]

Chinese consul calls for full investigation into death of plane crash victim

(Bay City News Service) — Officials with the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco on July 19 urged U.S. officials to make a full investigation into the death of a Chinese teenager who was struck by a fire truck and killed after surviving the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. San Mateo County Coroner Robert […]

The origin of shark boy

THE SHARK KING By R. Kikuo Johnson (Sommerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2012, 40 pp., $12.95, hardcover) A beautiful and colorful illustrated comic, Johnson tells the story of Nanaue, the son of Kalei and the Shark King. Set in Hawai‘i in the unspecified past, Nanaue’s story is both fun and mystical. Kalei is rescued from drowning […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: I have and I do not have

有る(aru) means “I have” or “to possess,” which consists of two parts. The top line represents a person’s hand and arm and the bottom represents a piece of meat. 無し (nashi) means “nothing,” or “I do not have,” which consists of three parts. The bottom represents a fire’s flame, the middle is a house and […]

NPS Grants $1.3 Million to preserve, interpret Japanese American Confinement Sites

WASHINGTON — National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced in a U.S. Department of the Interior statement issued July 11 more than $1.3 million in grants to help preserve and interpret the sites where some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent — two-thirds of them U.S. citizens — were imprisoned during World War II. “Our […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: A call to protest the ‘gross miscarriages of justice’

Today (July 13), soon after the not guilty verdict on the George Zimmerman case was announced, I am feeling ashamed of being an American. This is obviously not the greatest country in the world if a 17-year-old boy can be killed on a sidewalk while walking home from a 7-Eleven store. This young person was […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Bridging the Gap in Piedmont

No, I’m not referring to that quaint residential city surrounded by Oakland. I’m referring to that Northwestern province in Italy where the Nebbiolo grape is king, producing spectacular Barolo and Barbaresco wines. About six years ago, I was fortunate to attend a wine dinner featuring Alfie Cavallotto and his wines from the Piedmont. Since Piedmontese […]

Bonding over seaweed

The Wakame Gatherers By Holly Thompson, illustrated by Kazumi Wilds (Walnut Creek, Calif.: Shen’s Books, 2007, $16.95, 32 pp., hardcover) Our young heroine Nanami lives in Japan with her parents and Bachan (her paternal grandmother). Her maternal grandmother, Gram, lives in Maine. This refreshing story is about getting the two grandmothers together. Gram visits Nanami […]

FIGHT FOR MIKE: 19-year-old Michael Sakata’s battle against leukemia

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Despite the scorching 100-degree weather, Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes and former Sacramento Kings point guard Bobby Jackson joined about 45 other people to play in a golf tournament at the Woodcreek Golf Club in Roseville, Calif. on June 30 to raise money for 19-year-old leukemia patient Michael Sakata. Barnes, who […]

Multiracial, multiethnic patients struggle to find marrow matches

Because Michael Sakata is of Japanese and Mexican ancestry, the need for new donors to register is crucial. Unlike blood donations, bone marrow matches depend more on the ethnicity of the individual donating their marrow and the individual receiving the transplant. According to Carol Gillespie, Asian American Donor Program’s executive director, it will be difficult […]

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