Archives for September 2013

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The life and writings of hapa poet Ambrose Amadeus Uchiyamada

This week’s column traces some of the history of a hapa poet and journalist with the magnificent name Ambrose Amadeus Uchiyamada, who grew up under rather unusual circumstances. His father Thomas Morkiyo Uchiyamada, a university-trained engineer from Japan who came to the United States for further schooling in the first years of the 20th century, […]

Family, Pelosi reflect on legacy of artist Asawa

(Bay City News Service) — A crowd of students, parents, artists, family members, local dignitaries and supporters filled the benches at the music concourse in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Aug. 27 to remember the renowned sculptor Ruth Asawa. Asawa passed away on Aug. 6. She was 87. The Japanese American artist had been […]

OBITUARY: Hedy Hideko Oka Matsuno

MATSUNO, HEDY HIDEKO OKA passed unexpectedly at home, Aug. 1, 2013. Survived by husband, Frank “Shug” Matsuno; siblings, Bob (Mary) Oka, Jane Oka, Dr. Seishi Oka, Mitzi McCullough; brother and sister-in-law Yutaka and Toshiye Handa; sister-in-law, Mary Matsuno; and many nieces and nephews. She truly loved her family and friends and her extended cumulative ceramics […]

Nisei cartoonist Jack Matsuoka dies at 87 His book about Poston educated young readers about the camps

SAN JOSE — Jack Matsuoka, a Nisei cartoonist whose drawings of camp life have helped educate the public about the Japanese American incarceration experience, passed away on Aug. 26 at his residence in San Jose with his family present. He was 87. He had been in poor health since suffering a stroke while attending the […]

Catcher Kurt Suzuki returns to the A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kurt Suzuki is back in Oakland, where he began his big league career in 2007, following a trade with the Washington Nationals on Aug. 23. The Athletics brought back the durable and defensively sound 29-year-old catcher after injuries to John Jaso and Derek Norris put the team’s catching depth in jeopardy. Suzuki […]

FULL COUNT: Designations, a return, and another possible import

With less than a month left in the regular season, here’s a roundup of the major league action. The San Francisco Giants have designated utility man Kensuke Tanaka for assignment and the Oakland Athletics have done the same for lefty reliever Hideki Okajima. As both players were already with their club’s Triple-A affiliates, the transaction […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Reflecting on a trip to Japan, and what might have been

This summer I took a trip to Japan with my family, and we had a grand time. We managed to accommodate everybody, from me to my youngest grandchild who is 18. We did this by splitting up from time to time, with everybody doing what interested them. So, for instance, Geneva, the 18-year-old, went to […]

LET’S TALK: About love

For most of us, our first experience of being loved occurred in our home. As children, we took such things for granted or we didn’t recognize it when someone was expressing their love for us. For those who received an abundant supply, being loved may have been just an ordinary every day experience. But those […]

State Legislature passes resolution apologizing to fired employees

On Aug. 19, the California state Assembly approved a resolution to apologize to former Japanese Americans fired by the state in 1942. Following that, the California State Senate passed the resolution Sept. 4. The Assembly Concurrent Resolution 19, authored by Assembly member Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), issues an official public apology to Japanese Americans who were […]

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