Archives for July 2015


Unrelenting heat, kids runnin’ around at all hours of the day and baseball in full swing can only mean one thing: Summer is here. And with summer comes the smell of weekend grillin’ and smokin’! Though like I’ve mentioned before, here in the 50th, we just seem to have two seasons, a really hot summer […]

Whitewashing our own history

How many of us have expressed anger when United States history books omitted the experiences of the Japanese Americans during World War II? How did the anger evolve when writers of U.S. history textbooks stuck in merely a one-paragraph reference to the U.S. concentration camp experience in order to appease those who complained? Something similar […]

LETTERS: Bittersweet effort to honor Mitsuye Endo

Dear Editor This letter is in re to … Nichi Bei Weekly article, “Senator asks Obama to honor Endo,” dated May 28, 2015 (page 4). It is indeed wonderful that Mitsuye Endo is finally being recognized for her wartime stand, ex parte Endo 323 US 283 (1944) that freed 120,313 (people of Japanese descent)  incarcerated without due process […]

LETTERS: Postwar adoptee from Japan’s unique story

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to the article entitled “Postwar adoptees from Japan make connections, share stories in U.S.” that was published in the Nov. 20, 2014 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor I am also an ESH orphan from 1960. I hear there is going to be a […]

Yee pleads guilty and admits accepting $34,600 in bribes

Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco July 1 to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy to accept campaign contributions as bribes for political favors. Yee, 67, a Democrat who formerly represented western San Francisco and most of San Mateo County, entered the plea to one count […]

New book on ‘Mashi’ Murakami, 1st Japanese major leaguer

NEW YORK — Nobody expected much from Masanori Murakami when the Nankai Hawks sent him and two other young pitchers to America to train with San Francisco Giants minor leaguers in the spring of 1964. But after five impressive months with single-A Fresno, the 20-year-old lefty got his chance in the majors as a September […]

Intersections of same-sex marriage and Japanese Americans

The U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark 5-4 decision in favor of same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges June 26, affirming that all states must recognize same-sex marriages. The fight for same-sex marriage, with roots in the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, took decades of activism before gaining the public’s approval and support, including […]

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