Archives for January 2014

Former San Francisco Japanese Catholic Society priest found dead

Eric Freed, a Eureka, Calif. priest who served the San  Francisco Japanese Catholic Society that met at the St. Francis Xavier Church in San Francisco’s Japantown, was found dead in the St. Bernard Church of Eureka’s rectory on the morning of Jan. 1. According to The Associated Press, Gary Lee Bullock, 43, was arrested for […]

KOREAN SEX SLAVES: ‘Comfort women’ monument campaign gains momentum

LOS ANGELES — The successful campaign to install a monument in Glendale, Calif. honoring World War II-era “comfort women” signals that Korean Americans and other activists, energized by their victory, will continue to pressure the Japanese government to acknowledge its wartime atrocities. The monument pays tribute to thousands of young women from Korea and other […]

Q&A: Miya Yoshitani on California’s clean energy future

Editor’s Note: New America Media environment editor Ngoc Nguyen spoke with Miya Yoshitani, the newly appointed executive director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), about what 2014 holds for the Golden State in regards to energy. New America Media: How does it feel to take the helm of one of the leading statewide environmental advocacy […]

JA Nat’l Museum hosts ‘Go For Broke’ exhibit in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Japanese American National Museum’s “Go For Broke: Japanese American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts” exhibit chronicles the history of Nisei soldiers from the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service who served during World War II. The soldiers fought to prove their loyalty to the […]

Obama to nominate Chris Lu as deputy secretary, DOL

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Christopher P. Lu as deputy secretary, Department of Labor, a White House statement issued Jan. 8 said. Lu is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and in 2013 he was also a fellow at the University of […]

S.F. School Board discusses possible Ruth Asawa School of the Arts Relocation

The San Francisco board of education on Jan. 7 discussed the possible relocation of the city’s arts high school, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, to a spot near City Hall, a district spokeswoman said. San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza has proposed creating a district-wide arts education center to be housed at […]

Chinese consulate arson suspect in court

A man accused of lighting a fire at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco on New Year’s Day made a brief appearance in federal court Jan. 7 and was appointed a government-paid lawyer. Yan Feng, 39, of Daly City, was arrested Jan. 3 after he called Daly City police and told them he was the […]

36-year-old victim of shooting in S.F. Japantown identified

(Bay CIty News Service) — A 36-year-old man who was fatally shot the morning of Dec. 29 near San Francisco’s Japantown has been identified as David Gilford, of Modesto, Calif., according to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office. Gilford was in a crowd of people coming out of a nightclub in the 1800 block of […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The conflicted and self-destructive life of Tim Osato

Amid all the joys of working on the historical sketches of “The Great Unknown,” one of my favorite pleasures is hearing from readers. I am gratified to see that my recent article on the dancer/activist Sono Osato attracted some positive attention. In gratitude, I am inspired to present another Osato “great unknown” — the unsung […]

OBITUARY: Raymond Iwao Uyehara

Uyehara, Raymond Iwao, (87), passed away on Nov. 24, 2013, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Emi Asato Uyehara, on Sept. 26, 2012. He is survived by his three children — Michael, Emery, and Julie — seven grandchildren, his last living sibling, Shizuko Akamine of Honolulu, and two sisters-in-law, Setsuko […]

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