Archives for April 2015

Thousands visit site of first nuclear bomb test 70 years on

SAN ANTONIO — Cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles, with license plates from numerous states, crawled in line miles long early April 4 as people flocked to the site where the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated in southern New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin. The wait to visit the Trinity Site was longer than expected but worth […]

Police chief Suhr moves to fire 7 officers who engaged in homophobic, racist text messages

San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said April 3 that following an internal investigation he is recommending that seven of 14 police officers who were discovered to have partaken in inappropriate, and often racist and homophobic text messages, be fired from the police department. So far, one of the 14 officers has already resigned and […]

Tomorrow’s leaders: Collegiate taiko groups

The modern kumi-daiko (Japanese drum ensemble) has a more than 40-year long tradition in the United States. The sound of large drums and bells drum up support for local community events, serving as the start of many Japanese American community events. With its prevalence, more people, including collegiate groups, are playing taiko today than ever […]

Japanese cultural arts classes

Editor’s Note: Don’t see your cultural group listed? Contact us at to add your group to our cultural arts class listings. Daion Taiko Location: Orange County Buddhist Church, 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim, Calif. Contact: (714) 827-9590,, Drum Revolution Location: Belmont, Calif.; Orinda, Calif. and El Cerrito, Calif. Contact: (510) 926-9780,, […]

Forging a path for tea ceremony in the United States

The Urasenke tradition of tea ceremony in the San Francisco Bay Area is strongly affiliated with the Kobara family. Meiyo Shihan (Distinguished Master) Soko Kobara and her late husband Seiji Kobara co-founded the Chado Urasenke Tankokai San Francisco Association 55 years ago and have been an instrumental part of the Urasenke tradition of tea in […]

The Hazard family and martial arts in Northern California

Those who have been around kendo (bamboo sword fighting) in the United States, fondly remember the name Benjamin Hazard. According to twin sisters Malyne and Alyne Hazard, two of the late kendo master’s four daughters, he had a hand in creating several kendo dojo in Northern California, as well as establishing kyudo (archery) and naginata […]

COURTING HISTORY: The NBA’s first Asian American backcourt

On March 24, Los Angeles Laker guards Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson became the first Asian American starting backcourt in NBA history. Their history-making night came in a 127-117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The starting pair had a combined 49 points and 14 assists, with Clarkson netting a season-high 30 points. Lin, a […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Are you in a pickle?

I’ll admit it, early on in my formative years I was in a pickle more often than not. Forging excuse notes from Mom when I was in the third grade (thinking back, it took a lot of cajones to try to imitate Mom’s immaculate cursive), smuggling unappealing food in my milk carton past the teacher […]

Multi-ethnic coalition condemns Deadline Hollywood’s article on diversity in casting

WASHINGTON — A multi-ethnic coalition denounced Deadline Hollywood for its March 24 article on diversity in Hollywood, which, the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition said in a statement issued March 25, “paints a picture of so-called ‘reverse discrimination’ in an industry in which people of color — who make up nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population — have […]

Ken Yoshida, one of a handful of Topaz camp resisters, dies

SAN MATEO, Calif. — Ken Kenichiro Michael Yoshida, one of five World War II draft resisters from the Topaz (Central Utah) concentration camp, passed away on March 19, 2015 at his San Mateo, Calif. home. He was 91. Yoshida was born in Tacoma, Wash. to Kohei and Sakiko Kimishima Yoshida, the second of seven children. […]

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