Archives for October 2014

Youth’s ‘smart’ invention helps elderly and their caregivers

  Two years ago, Kenneth Shinozuka’s grandfather began wandering at night, resulting in accidents. Shinozuka witnessed his aunt struggling to stay up at night to watch over her father, who has Alzheimer’s disease. The 16-year-old Shin-Nisei realized that his family is far from alone. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, some 5.2 million people suffer from […]

Hello Kitty celebrates 40 years with LA exhibition

LOS ANGELES — At just five apples high with her telltale red bow propped on the left side of her head, she’s an icon of global pop culture featured on everything from Band-Aids, T-shirts and backpacks to airplanes, curling irons and a dress donned by Lady Gaga. She also turned 40 this year, and this […]

Why candidates shouldn’t ignore Asian American voters

Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) are a fast-growing population and as a voting bloc, their numbers have nearly doubled since 2000, but political candidates continue to ignore them, according to a new study. APIs are the fastest growing population in the United States, having outpaced Hispanic growth in 2012. In terms of political power, the […]

3 Japan-born physicists express joy at winning Nobel Prize

GRENOBLE, France — Three Japan-born physicists on Oct. 7 expressed joy at winning the Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, with one of them saying he always wanted to help others through his research. “I’ve always worked from the desire to help others and I feel happy” that the […]

‘Comfort women’ were victims of sexual slavery: U.S. expert

WASHINGTON — Women who served in Japanese wartime military brothels can be viewed as victims of sexual slavery as they were recruited against their will, Mike Mochizuki, an associate professor at George Washington University, said in a recent interview with Kyodo News. The Japanese government has opposed labeling the so-called “comfort women” as “sex slaves” […]

Lack of Asian-language materials on exchanges leaves many AAPIs uninsured, say advocates

The lack of Asian-language materials on health care exchanges has left hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders uninsured, according to a report released last month by Action for Health Justice (AHJ). “Sixty percent of our population are foreign-born and face language barriers and are in a range of immigration statuses,” […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: That mysterious flavor

Wrapping up our tour of the basic flavor sensations is that relatively new taste known as umami. Though the term umami was first proposed by Kikunae Ikeda in 1908, it has only been widely recognized for the past 30 or so years. But what is umami? We all can easily describe its four siblings, sweet, […]

Ishikawa, Wong have huge impact in NL Championship Series

Two Asian American players not normally in the spotlight are taking center stage in the seesaw battle in the National League Championship Series. Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals and journeyman left fielder Travis Ishikawa of the San Francisco Giants were responsible for five of the combined nine runs their two […]

Colorectal cancer screening could save lives

Colorectal cancer, or cancer in the colon or rectum, affects both men and women and is the second most common form of cancer and third highest cause of cancer-related death among Asian Americans, according to the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training. The network, established by the National Cancer Institute to reduce […]

OBITUARY: Masami Miyamoto

MIYAMOTO, MASAMI, 85, passed away on September 20, 2014. He is survived by his wife Kazuko. Mr. Miyamoto was born in Fukuoka, Japan. His family immigrated to Oakland, Calif. soon after his birth. During the Second World War his family was interned at an internment camp for persons of Japanese ancestry in Topaz, Utah. After […]

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