Archives for April 2015

Draft report to landmark the Peace Pagoda and Plaza in San Francisco’s Japantown

On Sept. 18, 2013, the SF Historic Preservation Commission passed a resolution that endorsed the JCHESS (Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy) and directed the Planning Department staff to add three sites of cultural and historical significance located in Japantown to its work program to explore the potential for designating the sites as Article […]

OBITUARY: Harold Hiroshi Iwamasa

IWAMASA, HAROLD HIROSHI, 87, of Hilo, HI, died at home in Hilo, Hawaii on Saturday, March 21, 2015. He was born in San Francisco, CA and was the retired owner of the Iwamasa Building in San Francisco where he lived until 2003. During his long and active life in San Francisco, he was a business […]

OBITUARY: Wayne Yoshito Osaki

OSAKI, WAYNE YOSHITO, 91, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2015 surrounded by his loving wife and family, one day after his 57th wedding anniversary. Wayne was born in Clarksburg, along the Delta near Sacramento, Calif. His father, Isao Osaki immigrated to America in 1903 from Shimane Prefecture in Japan and his mother Tomi (Matsuura) […]

OBITUARY: Theodore Kiyoshi Ono

ONO, THEODORE KIYOSHI, 93, resident of Kensington, Calif., passed away at his home on February 26, 2015. Ted Ono was born on June, 22, 1921 in Oakland, Calif. He attended Fresno High School and UC Berkeley but his studies at UC were cut short due to Executive Order 9066 (Relocation of Japanese Americans). Ted left […]

Former official sentenced to community service for campaign fraud

SAN JOSE — Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr. was sentenced to 45 days of community service April 3 for sending out phony campaign mailers in a scheme to damage a 2010 San Jose City Council candidate’s reputation among Vietnamese American voters. Shirakawa’s sentence also includes three years of probation, although prosecutors say […]

OBITUARY: Takeo Joanne Ono Iritani

IRITANI, TAEKO JOANNE ONO, 85, born Sept. 21, 1929 in Bakersfield to Japanese immigrants, died at home March 19, 2015 in Sacramento after a stroke. Joanne lived in Bakersfield most of her life. At age 12 she was forcibly moved with her family and all other Kern residents with Japanese ancestry, “alien and non-alien,” to […]

Newcomer ‘Nori’ Aoki sparks atop Giants lineup

There’s a new spark atop the San Francisco Giants lineup. Through the Giants’ first nine games, Norichika “Nori” Aoki, the team’s newly-acquired outfielder, is leading the squad with a .405 batting average while starting every game as the team’s leadoff hitter. In the Giants home opener on April 13 at AT&T Park, the 33-year-old veteran […]

Journalists use ‘restorative narrative’ to report on Fukushima

The San Francisco State University’s Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture presented April 4 on the state of Fukushima, Japan at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. The presentation, featuring the works of San Francisco State University students who visited Fukushima last year, included a series of […]

Multiethnic panelists discuss Asian Americans and racial justice

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco hosted a panel April 2 on Asian Americans and the racism African Americans face. Journalist William Gee Wong, formerly with the Oakland Tribune, moderated the discussion between San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, designer and activist Nadia Khastagir, black radical farmer and organizer Karissa Lewis and Chinese Progressive […]

Berkeley student allegedly sexually assaulted in dorm room

BERKELEY, Calif. — A female University of California at Berkeley student was allegedly assaulted in her dorm room by a co-worker, according to the University of California Police Department. Police received a report of the incident March 3 at 4:55 p.m. The incident occurred a short time earlier, police said. The student and the suspect […]

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