Archives for June 2016

Barbara Funamura, creator of Spam musubi, dies at 78

POIPU, Kaua‘i — When Barbara Funamura created the first Spam musubi, she had no idea how popular it would become. “There are Spam musubi everywhere,” said Dan Funamura, Barbara Funamura’s husband. “It all started at Joni-Hana more than 30 years ago.” Barbara Funamura passed away at the age of 78 on May 12 at her […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Haku to kanau: Putting out positive thoughts to fulfill wishes

吐く (haku) means to “throw out or speak out.” The left side of the kanji character represents a mouth. The characters on the right represent a plus or minus sign. So haku means to throw out both good or bad things or to speak good or bad words. If you simply change the second character […]

Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival rocks the cathedral

Celebrating the “joy of soy,” the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival took over The Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral June 4 to celebrate the versatile soy bean and all its applications. This year marked the sixth year the Nichi Bei Foundation held its festival and fundraiser, featuring entertainment, food and fun for the […]

JANM announces interim president and CEO

LOS ANGELES — Norman Y. Mineta, chair of the Japanese American National Museum board of trustees, announced June 8 that Ann Burroughs has been named interim president and CEO of the museum, effective immediately. JANM announced in a statement May 20 that its president and CEO Greg Kimura had resigned. Burroughs has more than “25 […]

Rep. Honda in tight race; Yamada, Furutani, Nakanishi and Kim headed to state Senate runoffs

California’s June 7 Presidential primary election featured several close races involving Asian American candidates vying for political office this fall. Federal Races Some Congressional races featuring Asian American politicians will be hotly contested. Rep. Mike Honda of District 17 in San Jose is facing fellow Democrat challenger Ro Khanna. The two candidates stand neck-and-neck, garnering […]

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