Archives for August 2013

Marcus Books gains more city support

A crowd of supporters for Marcus Books of San Francisco, located at 1712-16 Fillmore St. in Japantown, gathered on the front steps of San Francisco City Hall July 30, in support of the building. Archbishop Franzo King of the Saint John Coltrane Church led a rally of more than 50 people calling for Nishan and […]

Unveiling of ‘comfort women’ memorial in Glendale, Calif.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Hundreds of people gathered at Glendale Central Park near Los Angeles on July 30 to witness the unveiling of the first “comfort women” memorial on public property on the U.S. West Coast. Supporters, Glendale city officials and other community members attended the event on the sixth anniversary of the passage of Resolution […]

L.A. sheriff appoints Timothy Murakami to captain

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca promoted Timothy Murakami, a 33-year veteran of the department, to the rank of captain, a statement issued by the department said. Murakami was assigned to the Industry Sheriff’s Station. Murakami’s career with the department began in 1979. After graduating from the Sheriff’s Training Academy as a […]

FBI to track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, Arabs, others

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Honda released the following statement Aug. 2 after the Department of Justice announced that, following its recommendation, the FBI would begin tracking hate crimes against Sikh, Hindu, Arab, Buddhist, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness and Orthodox Christian individuals: “I was proud to fight for this much-needed policy change that will bring attention to […]

Injustices of racism, and resigned acceptance over the Zimmerman verdict

Reading Chizu Omori’s thoughts (in the July 25 – Aug. 7, 2013 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly) on the injustice surrounding George Zimmerman’s trial got me thinking. I have been conflicted with this case’s final verdict, as while Zimmerman committed what is morally a heinous act, I am also wary of automatically denouncing the […]

S.F. J-Town sustainability strategy presented to commissions

San Francisco Japantown members and stakeholders gave informational presentations on the Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy in July to the San Francisco Planning Department. The two presentations were given to the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission on July 17 and 18. The meetings were designed to present a final draft of […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Deciphering the truth behind the JACL’s ‘800-pound gorilla’

This week’s column revisits a bit of “unknown history” and tries to determine whether it is true. Let me explain. On March 18, 2011, former Japanese American Citizens League Executive Director John Tateishi published a column in the Pacific Citizen. In this column, Tateishi recalled growing up critical of the JACL because of its policy […]

Artist and activist Ruth Asawa dies at 87

Ruth Aiko Asawa, an American artist acclaimed for her biomorphic wire sculptures and public art installations, who served as a tireless activist and mentor for arts education, died at her home in San Francisco on Aug. 5, 2013. She was 87. At the core of everything she made was the desire to form beautiful things […]

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