Archives for June 2016

Bring back the assault weapons ban

There are moments when as a member of the ethnic press we must leverage our collective voice, to push our nation’s leaders to act in the interest of the communities we serve. This is one of those moments. In the early morning of June 12, a gunman in Orlando, Fla. entered a gay nightclub and massacred 49 […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The JACL’s historic support for marriage equality

Ever since I have been writing my Nichi Bei column “The Great Unknown and the Unknown Great” in 2007, I have devoted an annual column to studying the history of Japanese American sexuality, and in particular in-group attitudes toward homosexuality and the presence of gays and lesbians. I am proud to continue that tradition with […]

An open letter about Orlando from Asian American Parents Who Love Our LGBTQ Kids

We, the Asian American Parents Who Love Our LGBTQ Kids, are heartbroken about the Orlando tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, both given and chosen, especially their parents. Our thoughts are with those who were injured and are still fighting for their lives and those who are suffering emotional […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Rooting for the Warriors (and thoughts on race)

So I’ve become a rabid Warriors fan in the last few years. I’m sure that there are mobs of others who have gotten interested in this team — not just in the Bay Area — but worldwide, because of their prowess and spectacular play. It seems to me that this year is special and we […]

Community philanthropist Tomoye (Tami) Takahashi dies at 100

Tomoye (Tami) Takahashi, co-founder and owner of the Takahashi Trading Company, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 4, 2016, just short of turning 101 years old. Takahashi was known by many as a walking encyclopedia and had a wealth of knowledge and stories about the history and people of the Japantown community going back to its […]

Obama reiterates call for world without nuclear in historic Hiroshima visit

HIROSHIMA — U.S. President Barack Obama on May 27 became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, where he reiterated his call for a “world without nuclear weapons” during his speech at the Peace Memorial Park in the city devastated by the world’s first atomic bomb 71 years ago. “Among those nations like my […]

LETTERS: Reasons for AAPIs to support Hillary Clinton

Dear Editor: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders could have unprecedented sway in the upcoming presidential election, and we have compelling reasons to back Hillary Clinton. Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the U.S. and 15 percent of eligible California voters. Nearly one-third of Asian Americans live in California, and if we throw our […]

LETTERS: Support Yamada for Senate

Dear Editor: We are lucky to have many capable leaders who want to represent us in Sacramento. Serving as your congressman in Washington, there’s a lot of coordination and overlap required to make sure that policies decided in our state and national capitals work in harmony and to the benefit of the people we represent. […]

Trump, the ‘Mexican’ judge and racism we’ve seen before

The candidacy of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been a field day for contested historical analogies. Some people argue that Trump is like Hitler. Some argue the better analogy is to Mussolini. Some say that Trump’s persona and policies are fascist even if the comparisons to Hitler and Mussolini are unfair. And others […]

THE KAERU KID: A most righteous town

I wrote about an Affordable Travel Club host couple who asked me about my concentration camp experience during World War II in the Dec. 4, 2014 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly: “While we were getting acquainted, they told me about a Japanese American family in Washington state that was not imprisoned in a concentration […]

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