Archives for March 2016

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Culture and history collide in wartime family drama

“I have been thinking about this subject for a long time,” said Luis Valdez in a phone conversation. Valdez, who is a world renown playwright and writer, was referring to his new play, “Valley of the Heart,” which he calls a “kabuki (classical Japanese dance and drama) corrido.” First performed in San Juan Bautista, Calif. […]

Prominent defense and civil rights attorney honored after his death

Garrick Lew, a prominent San Francisco defense attorney and co-founder of the Asian Law Caucus, passed away on March 19. He was 65. San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who clerked for Lew in the 1980s and worked with him on continuing education materials for attorneys, described Lew as a “mentor and hero to so […]

Don Nakanishi, pioneer in Asian American studies, dies at 66

Don Nakanishi, a UCLA scholar who gained national recognition for establishing Asian American studies as a viable and relevant field of scholarship, teaching, community service and public discourse, died March 21 in Los Angeles at the age of 66. A faculty member at UCLA for 35 years, he served as the director of the Asian American […]

THE KAERU KID: Pollywog goes to Hawai‘i

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” —Marcel Proust One of the downsides of traveling to so many different locations is that it becomes difficult to be impressed as one remembers a similar place that somehow was more unique. It is hard to empathize with Louis […]

Films to Remember: Fifth annual film fest presents fresh stories on incarceration

The Nichi Bei Foundation presented its fifth annual Films of Remembrance program Feb. 20 at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. The one-day film festival hosted a full day of programming portraying the lives of Japanese Americans across the United States in a period of time spanning some 80 years, from pre-war Japanese […]

Trump open to Tokyo and Seoul having nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON — U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he is open to the idea of both Japan and South Korea developing their own nuclear weapons and would be willing to withdraw U.S. troops from their soil, the New York Times reported in its online edition on March 26. In an interview with the major […]


真 (makoto, shin, ma) means truth. This kanji character is in the form of a person who is upside down, which indicates that the person is dead. The truth is that all of us will die someday. Like the saying goes, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” […]

OBITUARY: Ruby Aiko Ikuta

IKUTA, RUBY AIKO, 90, passed away peacefully on March 14th at her home in South Lake Tahoe, with her husband, Juichi ’Jay‘ Ikuta by her side. Born July 31, 1925, in San Francisco, childhood in Sacramento, WWII internment at Tule Lake with her parents, Kichisuke and Shizuo Nakamura, brothers Tetsujiro Nakamura, Hiroyuki George Nakamura, and […]

DOR recalls Executive Order 9066, decries anti-Muslim hatred

LOS ANGELES — The incarceration experience of Japanese Americans during World War II, based on racial hatred, and its similarity to the modern day anti-Muslim animosity in America, was a key topic of discussion during the 2016 Day of Remembrance, held Feb. 20 at the Japanese American National Museum. The Japanese American community’s annual Day […]

Spectators shout racial slurs at Sacramento-area high school game

Student spectators from Oak Ridge High School, in Northern California’s El Dorado Hills, made racial taunts and other appearance-related insults against Asian American basketball players from C.K McClatchy High School during a recent play-off game between the two schools’ girls’ teams. The story gained attention when McClatchy parent Glen Kumamoto posted a short clip from […]

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