Archives for February 2014

S.F. police captain updates community on Japantown crime, homelessness

After San Francisco’s Japantown community members expressed increasing concern over the ethnic enclave’s safety since the new year, San Francisco Police Department Northern Station Captain Greg McEachern spoke at the Union Bank Community Room in the Japan Center East Mall Feb. 13. The meeting, organized by the Japantown Merchants Association, Japantown Business Watch Group and […]

OBITUARY: Masako Suzuki

SUZUKI, MASAKO, 100, passed away peacefully at California Pacific Medical Center on Dec 21, 2013. Born in Oakland on Jan 21, 1913, the second of eight children, her family moved back to Japan when she was eight years old. She married Kiyoji Suzuki in San Francisco in 1933. They had a dry cleaning business on […]

The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’: Hollywood Shuns Asians, while new media embraces them

In a recent New Yorker cartoon, a dog is shown lounging by a pool and saying to a pup: “YouTube’s one thing, but cats will never make it on the big screen.” A funny commentary, surely, but in America that statement could just as easily be applied to ethnic minorities, especially Asian Americans. Cats and […]

FULL COUNT: Next ace posted to MLB likely a Sawamura Award winner

In case you missed it, the New York Yankees signed record-setting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract on Jan. 22, making him the latest Eiji Sawamura Award recipient — Japan’s version of the Cy Young, which crowns the league’s top starter — to cross over to the MLB in what is a […]

SF Japantown members respond to $240 million transit proposal

For the first time since the summer of 2012, the San Francisco County Transit Authority and the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency presented an update on the Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), as a public meeting was held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on Jan. 30. Several dozen local […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Time to walk the walk

I know that over the years, I’ve been doling out advice on how to eat to prevent or delay chronic medical conditions, exercise tips to help prevent the “battle of the bulge” or simply shed pounds packed on during the holidays or simple everyday tips that help maintain our youth, well-being and health. Well, at […]

Day of Remembrance 2014 events

Japanese American community members hold Day of Remembrance events throughout the United States each year to commemorate the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, which led to the mass incarceration of some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent on the West Coast in American concentration camps. SATURDAY, […]

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