Archives for February 2015

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: A ‘Fresh’ take on the Asian American sitcom

“Fresh off the Boat,” the first sitcom with an all-Asian American cast since 1994’s “All American Girl,” is kind of like rocking a perm or making a martini, in that there’s a right way and wrong way to do it. The right way, is to just watch it as you would any other network sitcom […]

CAAMFest 2015 lineup unveiled

The Center for Asian American Media will host its 33rd annual CAAMFest in three San Francisco Bay Area cities from Thursday, March 12 to Sunday, March 22. Masashi Niwano, festival and exhibition director, said at a Feb. 12 press conference that this year’s festival features more than 120 films and media projects from more than […]

SELMA: Some personal reflections and recollections

I found it refreshing, the movie “Selma,” which recounted the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and thru a black lens. Not surprisingly, it met with some criticism from critics, amongst “whites,” principally. Simultaneously, watching “Selma” caused me to reflect on the road from disenfranchisement to enfranchisement that those of Japanese descent traversed in this […]

OBITUARY: Utako Mary Narahara

NARAHARA, UTAKO MARY, 91, born August 06, 1923 passed away January 26, 2015. Preceded in death by her husband, Minoru Narahara who passed away January 24, 2011. She is survived by her son, Michael H. Narahara. Memorial service to be held at the San Francisco Buddhist Church on March 28, 2015 at 2 pm.

OBITUARY: Alice Yuriko Enomoto Oku

OKU, ALICE YURIKO ENOMOTO, 99, of Los Altos, Calif. passed away on February 9, 2015 at El Camino Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Masao Oku. She leaves to cherish her memory two sons David and Stephen and their families, her brother John Enomoto and sister […]

Suyama Project seeks stories of WWII protests

LOS ANGELES — United States residents of Japanese ancestry, who reportedly endured without protest the forced relocation from their West Coast homes and incarceration in U.S.-style concentration camps after Japan’s December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, have been stereotyped for decades as “quiet Americans.” Contradicting this image were the hundreds of Nikkei who protested against […]

Former radio announcer June-ko Nakagawa receives kunsho

June-ko Nakagawa received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays at the residence of the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco Masato Watanabe Feb. 10, in honor of decades of service to both the Japanese and Japanese American community. While the emperor normally presents the award to honorees in Japan, Nakagawa […]

Same-sex couples to be recognized under plan by Tokyo’s Shibuya ward

TOKYO — Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward plans to issue certificates recognizing same-sex couples as being in “relationships equivalent to marriage,” becoming the first local government in Japan to do so. The plan is set down in a draft statute incorporated in a fiscal 2015 budget unveiled Feb. 12. The draft statute is to be presented to […]

Tofu company agrees to injunction requiring it to cease operations until it improves sanitation

The owners of a San Francisco tofu company agreed in a consent decree filed in federal court Feb. 10 to cease operations until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determines the company is selling clean and sanitary food. The consent decree concerning the Fong Kee Tofu Co. Inc. was filed in the court of U.S. […]

Yee pleads not guilty to revised indictment with new charges

Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco Feb. 5 to a revised indictment that adds two money-laundering conspiracy counts to existing charges of corruption and plotting to smuggle weapons from the Philippines. Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, is due to go on trial along with three other men in […]

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