Archives for April 2015

OBITUARY: George Yoshisuke Abe

ABE, GEORGE YOSHISUKE, 91. Dad had the last laugh, passing on April 1.  As the third of four sons in Shinbaru, Fukuoka-ken, Japan, he was sent away at 13 years old on a secret voyage, to begin what he would come to call A Secret Life. He worked as a farmhand for Katsusaburo Oda in […]

OBITUARY: Harry K. Fukuhara

FUKUHARA, HARRY K., 95, formerly of San Jose, CA, passed away on April 8, 2015, at the Hi’Olani Care Center at Kahala Nui, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Beloved husband of the late Teruko “Terry” Fukuhara, and is survived by his children Shary (Jim) Fukuhara-Hashimoto, Mark (Mona) Fukuhara, Brian P. Fukuhara, and Pam (Wray) Tsuzaki, and 8 grandchildren. […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: Identity and authenticity in ‘Man from Reno’

Since making his foray into the filmmaking scene in 2006 with “Big Dreams Little Tokyo,” director Dave Boyle has featured and collaborated with a host of Asian American actors. Boyle’s new film “A Man From Reno,” a Japanese crime novelist (Ayako Fujitani) and a small town sheriff are “lured into the same strange murder mystery […]

Powerful voices motivate, educate at 46th Manzanar Pilgrimage

MANZANAR, Calif. — Close to 1,500 people braved blustery winds and gritty dust to attend the 46th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held April 25. While visibly less former Japanese American camp inmates attended the pilgrimage, the crowd has grown to include a mixture of students, non-Nikkei, and this year, a noticeable contingent of Japanese nationals, including […]

Auction controversy talk among pilgrimage attendees

A recurring topic of discussion among attendees at the 46th Manzanar Pilgrimage was the recent social media campaign that halted, at least temporarily, the sale by an East Coast auction house of artwork made and photographs taken in the various War Relocation Authority camps during World War II. The Rago Arts and Auction Center had […]

Japanese American coach leads Sacramento’s McClatchy High to city’s first state title

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It took 160 years, but on March 27 a girls’ varsity basketball team from Sacramento made history as the first sports team from the Sacramento City Unified School District to win a state championship. And they did it in dramatic fashion. The C. K. McClatchy High School Lady Lions beat the Junipero […]

Ishinomaki nonprofit visits San Francisco

The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture. More than 3,500 people are dead or missing in the city of 160,000. Rias No Mori (The Forest of Rias), a nonprofit founded in 2011 that has worked to help Ishinomaki’s people and economy recover, visited San Francisco for this year’s Cherry Blossom […]

Japan Prime Minister Abe in historic speech vows to uphold past war statements

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a landmark speech to the U.S. Congress on April 29, said he will stick to statements by his predecessors expressing “deep remorse” over Japan’s wartime behavior. Abe admitted that Japan’s actions “brought suffering to the peoples” in other Asian countries before and during World War II, but his […]

Auction of concentration camp artifacts halted after community outrage

The planned auctioning of hundreds of artifacts from World War II American concentration camps, which has galvanized Japanese Americans from coast to coast against the Lambertville, N.J.-based Rago Arts and Auctions Center, has been halted, the company announced April 15. Toshi Abe, a National Japanese American Citizens League board member who lives in Princeton, N.J., […]

CONNECTING TO HERITAGE: Kelli Asako Sum crowned 2015 queen

With the start of the 48th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, the 2015 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program chose its new queen and court April 11 at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program, emceed by KTVU Fox2 reporter Jana Katsuyama and ABC7 KGO reporter David Louie, featured Taylor […]

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