Archives for October 2014

Love story at the center of ‘Valley of the Heart’

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. — The new play “Valley of the Heart” is a powerful love story set against the historical backdrop of World War II and the American concentration camps. The play — which explores themes such as racism, identity, dignity and loyalty — drew a near-capacity crowd to the El Teatro Campesino Playhouse […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Queer non-Nikkei figures in Japanese American history (Part V)

  (Editor’s Note: This is the last of a multi-part series) One especially noteworthy aspect of Karon Kehoe’s groundbreaking Japanese American camp novel “City in the Sun,” published in 1946, is its portrait of sexuality in camp, especially alternative sexuality, a point that raises interesting questions both for scholars of literature and for historians. In […]

OBITUARY: Sachi Kaneko

KANEKO, SACHI, 97, died peacefully in her sleep in San Francisco, California on September 10, 2014. She was born in Colusa, California on February 2, 1917, the sixth of seven children to Kamejiro and Fujio Yasukochi. The family moved to San Francisco when Sachi was a child. She attended public schools in the city and […]

THE KAERU KID: ‘Easy Rider’ and ‘The Wild One’

The above two-referenced motorcycle movies left an indelible imprint when I was young and impressionable. I think most males have fantasized about hitting the open road on a “hog.” I tried it, but it never became my dream. I rented a motorcycle on the island of Turks and Caicos and was riding around on some […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Thank you, for both good and bad times or situations

良し (yoshi or yoi) means “good,” and represents to put something in or to take it out of a major box and adjust it to keep a good or correct amount in the box. 悪し (ashi or aku) means “bad,” and consist of two parts. The top part represents a bad shape and the part […]

LETTERS: Nichi Bei columnist’s work an ‘invaluable source of healing’

For years, I have enjoyed your e-mails alerting me to important happenings in our community and your “Let’s Talk!” column in the Nichi Bei Weekly.  I am so glad you remain active, proactive, and providing leadership in promoting valuable experiences in the JA community.  Your last column on the healing power of pilgrimage (Aug. 7, 2014 Nichi Bei […]

Former San Diego man pleads not guilty in murder of Japanese wife

EL CAJON, Calif. — Former San Diego man Anthony Simoneau, who was charged earlier in September with the 2007 murder of his Japanese wife Fumiko Ogawa, pleaded not guilty on Sept. 29 in San Diego Superior Court. Simoneau, 46, was extradited from Hawai‘i last Sept. 25 after he was arrested by Honolulu police Sept. 4 […]

Asian American leaders condemn Fox News program’s support of racial profiling

The Sept. 20 broadcast of Fox News’ “Cashin’ In,” moderated by Eric Bolling, discussed whether the United States should profile Muslims in America. Panelist Jonathan Hoenig supported the idea, saying, “We should have been profiling on Sept. 12, 2001. Let’s take a trip down memory lane here. The last war this country won, we put […]

San Francisco Flower Mart sale leaves uncertainty among tenants

The San Francisco Flower Mart is an iconic institution for the Bay Area’s floral industry. Built in 1956, the warehouse on Sixth and Brannan streets houses more than 60 flower growers and distributors that serve both Bay Area florists and the public. In July, Kilroy Realty Corp. announced a plan to merge with the San […]

Ontake becomes worst postwar volcanic disaster

NAGANO, Japan (Kyodo) — The death toll from the Sept. 27 eruption of Mt. Ontake in central Japan reached 47 on Oct. 1, making it the worst postwar volcanic disaster in the country, as more victims were recovered from the mountain after search and rescue operations were resumed. Police said 47 people have been confirmed […]

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