Archives for July 2016

Homecoming for Santa Ono, new University of British Columbia president

Santa Ono ends his six-year tenure this month at the University of Cincinnati — two years as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, four years as president — to become the University of British Columbia’s 15th university president and vice-chancellor. He was the first Asian American university president to lead the University of […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Life and death as one

生 (sei) means “life.” The bottom represents the soil and the top indicates a new plant, which comes out from the soil. 死 (shi) means “death.” The top and left side lines indicate a bone, and the right indicates a person upside down in the ground. 一 (ichi) means “one.” 如 (nyo) means “same.” The left side is a […]

Help us grow with our Membership Drive!

There is much news about Japanese American newspapers facing difficult challenges, threatening our collective existence, given the general downturn in advertising in today’s print media and a shift to more online sources. Here at the Nichi Bei Foundation and Nichi Bei Weekly, we have been at the forefront at how community media faces these challenges, […]

Ukulele master dedicated to narrowing Japan-U.S. culture gap

TOKYO — If any barriers are hindering Japan and the United States from achieving ultimate social harmony, Jake Shimabukuro hopes that his music can break the ice. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, the Japanese American ukulele virtuoso gets the best of both worlds with a ‘Wa’ on the outside and ‘Aloha’ on the inside. “I […]

CA’s AHEAD Act awaits in Senate while Civil Liberties Public Education Program restarts

Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s AB 1726, the AHEAD Act, would require the state of California to further disaggregate demographic data on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. If enacted, the bill would require the state  to individually count various Asian groups, including Bangladeshi, Hmong, Indonesian, Malaysian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese and Thai people, as well as Fijians […]

Sakaki becomes first JA woman president of a four-year college or university in the U.S.

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — A new president began her tenure at Sonoma State University July 1, according to school officials. Judy Sakaki is the school’s newest president, following the retirement of former President Ruben Arminana, who retired last month after leading the school for 24 years. Sakaki is the university’s second female president and is […]

‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ must show sensitivity toward casting

I have utter disdain for the whole whitewashing affair with “Ghost in the Shell.” Now I hear that the film’s producer has also gained the rights to remake yet another Japanese property, and I wanted to warn him before he tries anything foolish. Variety reported June 27, that Steven Paul’s SP International Pictures will produce […]

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