Archives for 2014

OBITUARY: Susan (Suzi) Yukiko Iguchi

IGUCHI, SUSAN (SUZI) YUKIKO, 65, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 30, 2014 at John Lincoln Hospital in Deer Valley, Ariz. with her husband, Bob Iguchi and daughter, Heather Marler by her side.  Suzi was born in Berkeley, Calif. on April 12, 1949 to Masami and the late Miuki Nawata. She is survived […]

Mixed race leukemia patient recovering at home

After months of hospital treatments and a second transplant, 8-year-old leukemia patient Baylor Nihei Fredrickson has been released from the hospital and returned home on Oct. 31. Baylor’s mother, Shari Nihei Fredrickson, said he continues to recover at home while on IV fluids and more than 15 medications. “I think one of the things he’s […]

OBITUARY: Frances T. Morioka

  MORIOKA, FRANCES T., 89, born Oct. 29, 1925, died Nov. 25, 2014. She worked for the SF JACL for over 25 years as an administrator. She was predeceased by her husband, Dale. She is survived by her children: Christine (Robert) Morioka-Vasconcellos, Dale (Joanne) Morioka, Cheryl (Robert) Parks, Grandchildren: Kimberly, Nadine, Angela, Great grandchildren: Kenneth, […]

OBITUARY: Kenneth T. Okamoto

OKAMOTO, KENNETH T., 84, of Alameda, Calif. was born on April 20, 1930 and passed away on Oct. 21, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace. He leaves a son and a daughter; and a sister and a brother. During WWll, he and his family were interned at Gila, Ariz. They resettled […]

THE KAERU KID: Iran and the Persian Empire

Editor’s Note: This is the first part in a series. When I first mentioned my upcoming Iran trip to acquaintances, most wondered why I would want to go there. I have many Iranian friends, so the country has always been high on my wish list of places to visit.  Propaganda has painted Iranians as evil […]

Yomiuri Shimbun prints apology for ‘inappropriate expressions’

The Japan News, an English-language daily published by The Yomiuri Shimbun, printed an apology Nov. 28 citing the use of “sex slave” in 97 articles between February of 1992 through January of 2013 for its reporting on issues of so-called “comfort women.” The Japan News, under its previous masthead as The Daily Yomiuri, used the […]

Asian Americans show solidarity with Ferguson, Mo. after grand jury decision

Following the Nov. 24 grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, Mo. for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, protests erupted nationwide calling for Wilson’s arrest and redress for the nation’s law enforcement agencies with regard to racial profiling and militarization.  Multiple Asian Pacific Islander American organizations and individuals […]

SF public defender on grand jury decision

(Note: After reviewing the transcripts and evidence released Nov. 25, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released the following statement on the grand jury’s decision against indicting police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.) As San Francisco Public Defender, I am deeply disappointed with the grand jury’s failure to indict Darren […]

Hawai‘i inaugurates second Japanese American governor

HONOLULU — The U.S. state of Hawai‘i on Dec. 1 welcomed its eighth governor at the inauguration of David Ige, a third-generation Japanese American and the second governor of Japanese ancestry for the state. “I stand here today in the shadow of my parents’ and my grandparents’ accomplishments because of their willingness to sacrifice and […]

Chol Soo Lee dies

Chol Soo Lee, a Korean immigrant who was at the center of a pan-Asian social justice campaign from the 1970s through ‘80s, passed away Dec. 1 in San Francisco. He was 62. Born Aug. 15, 1952, Lee was arrested and sent to prison in 1973 for a Chinatown gang murder he did not commit. He […]