Archives for September 2014

Yoshiko Yamaguchi, former film star known as Li Xianglan, dies at 94

TOKYO — Yoshiko Yamaguchi, a China-born Japanese singer and actress who won fame in China, Hong Kong and the United States as well as Japan before becoming a House of Councillors member, died of heart failure on Sept. 7, her office said Sept. 14. She was 94. Born in Manchuria in northeast China in 1920, […]

OBITUARY: Hirotaka Okada

OKADA, HIROTAKA, 87, a lifelong resident of San Francisco passed away peacefully on Aug. 27, 2014 at The Jewish Skilled Nursing Home.  Hiro was born to Choichi and Sono Okada on Dec. 3, 1926. During WWII, Hiro was sent to a relocation camp in Topaz, Utah and graduated high school there.   In 1951, he […]

Book sheds light on San Jose Japantown’s rich history and culture

Fifteen years ago, San Jose Japantown community members began working on a project to create a virtual reality tour of the ethnic enclave. Over the years, the lead team members brought in others to support the project, and its scope expanded and evolved accordingly. Fast forward to this fall, with the upcoming release of “San […]

OBITUARY: Rosemary Tome Hattori

HATTORI, ROSEMARY TOMIE, 92, our beloved mother, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband and our father William (Bill). She is survived by daughters Margaret, Mary Ann, and Barbara, their spouses, and grandchildren – Megumi and Richard. She loved flowers. Flowers always brought a smile to her […]

Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage set for Oct. 4

  The Nichi Bei Foundation, in partnership with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the National Japanese American Historical Society, will present the Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage Saturday, Oct. 4 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Immigration Station at the Angel Island State Park. The pilgrimage will give attendees the opportunity to rediscover the […]

Grief, diversity and gratitude — An interview with filmmaker J.P. Chan

  Since he burst on the scene in 2005, J.P. Chan has been a regular on the Asian American film and independent film circuits. His acclaimed short films, including “Digital Antiquities,” produced as part of the PBS anthology series “Future States,” are mostly subtle, thoughtful studies of human relationships, often with a strong Asian American […]

Son of Japanese 9/11 victim asks world to never forget

NEW YORK  — Taichi Sugiyama was three years old when he lost his father, Yoichi Sugiyama, on Sept. 11, 2001. Now 16 years old, Sugiyama came to New York to ask the world to “never forget.” On Sept. 11, Sugiyama read aloud names of some of the victims ofthe 9/11 terrorist attacks from a podium […]

Police investigate string of snatching robberies

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Bay City News Service) — The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved in a recent string of robberies by snatching. Police said there have been approximately 15 reported necklace-snatching robberies since May in locations throughout Sunnyvale. The suspects are described as […]

Supervisor Chiu argues sex-selective abortion bans discriminate against Asian American women

San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu announced a resolution to the board of supervisors today opposing sex-selective abortion bans, stating that the bans are rooted in the assumption, not evidence, that Asian American communities are exercising sex-selection in favor of males. Chiu’s resolution comes following the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act introduced by state Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, […]

Former San Diego man arrested, charged with murder of Japanese wife

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Former San Diego man Anthony Simoneau has been charged with the 2007 murder of his Japanese wife Fumiko Ogawa, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced Sept. 5. Ogawa’s body was found in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near the Bow Willow Campground on Jan. 20, 2007, but was not […]

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