Archives for 2014

Bullied 12-year-old Japanese American takes his life

FOLSOM, Calif. — On Dec. 10, about 15 community members and Folsom Middle School parents attended one of three meetings held at the school addressing the death of 12-year-old Ronin Shimizu, who took his own life Dec. 3. According to Folsom Cordova Unified School District Public Information Officer Daniel Thigpen, the meetings served as a […]

Chol Soo Lee, who inspired pan-Asian movement, remembered for giving community strength and love

Chol Soo Lee, a Korea-born immigrant to the United States, passed away early Dec. 2 in San Francisco, according to Richard Kim, a professor at the University of California, Davis who worked with Lee on his upcoming memoir. Lee became a national rallying point for Asian Americans after being falsely convicted of murder, leading to […]

Digital exhibit to tell Nisei veterans’ stories

The stories of the World War II Nisei soldiers, including heroes like Kazuo Masuda, Takejiro Higa and the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, will be highlighted in the upcoming Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition, which the National Veterans Network in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will develop, a statement issued by these entities said. […]

Chinese President Xi urges Japan to own up to responsibility for Nanjing Massacre

NANJING, China — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Dec. 13 marked the first national observance of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre with a call on Japan to own up to responsibility for the tragedy, saying that acknowledgment of the two countries’ troubled past is crucial to improving relations. “Forgetting history means betrayal. Denying responsibility for a […]

Japanese community papers in fierce battle in U.S.

NEW YORK —  Often available for free at Japanese supermarkets and restaurants in major U.S. cities, Japanese community papers are competing hard with Internet media including bloggers for readers and struggling with generating ad revenues. The rise of community papers, meanwhile, has been partly responsible for at least two conventional paid newspapers serving the Japanese […]

Henry Miyatake: Seattle redress visionary

Within JACL circles, its Seattle chapter has always been known, with either admiration or disdain, as “the maverick chapter.” For that, they can thank Henry Miyatake. Henry was the troublemaker Japanese America needed. Without his persistent vision of petitioning for redress of grievances, the government would never have rescinded Executive Order 9066 in 1976, Seattle […]


“In the wine … Make me happy … Make me feel fine …” Since we’re well into the holiday season, what better beverage to celebrate with than Champagne? From a well-aged tête de cuvé like Cristal or Dom Perignon to the minerality of a Blanc de Blanc to the richness of a Blanc de Noir […]

Obama’s plan for immigration reform — what you need to know

Editor’s Note: On Nov. 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that he would take executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Following his announcement, New America Media hosted a national telephonic press briefing for ethnic media reporters, with speakers Marielena Hincapié of National Immigration Law Center, Marshall Fitz of Center for American […]

THE KAERU KID: Iran and the Persian Empire

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a series. On the second day, we visited the late shah’s palace high in the foothills of North Tehran in the high rent district where it is cool and above the smog. The complex has been made into a museum for the public. From there, we returned […]

OBITUARY: John Toshiyuki Wakisaka

WAKISAKA, JOHN TOSHIYUKI, 84, passed away Dec. 11, 2014 after a long battle with prostrate cancer. Born July 30, 1930 in Lockeford, Calif. to parents Sanaemon and Shizuno Wakisaka, he grew up in Hiroshima, Japan in the outskirt town of Kabe-Cho. He survived the atomic bomb during high school. John returned to the U.S. after […]