Archives for September 2016

UNITED BY COMPASSION: Film premiere leads to historic meeting of descendants tied to heroic Japanese diplomat

At the dawn of World War II, Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania at the time, saved thousands of lives by going against his country’s wishes to issue transit visas to Jewish refugees trying to escape Lithuania. Descendants of three families of those survivors met Madoka Sugihara, the storied diplomat’s granddaughter, and Keisuke Sugihara, […]


KUBO, YONE, 95, a Santa Clara Valley resident for over 70 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home with his family by his side on August 29, 2016. Born on October 22, 1920 in Parker, Washington to Yokichi and Shino (Sato) Kubo, Yone and sister Asako were raised in the Wapato Japanese farming […]

NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: George Hishida: A Life in Photography Interrupted by World War II

George Mioya Hishida immigrated to the United States from Fukushima, Japan in 1913 and developed a thriving photography business in Fresno. Unfortunately, reports from a misguided informant resulted in his arrest and incarceration away from his family for over a year during World War II. This story includes a copy of a rare letter he […]

OBITUARY: Katherine (Kathy) Kaoru Reyes

REYES, KATHERINE (KATHY) KAORU, 93, passed away peacefully on September 15th, 2016. Kathy was born on December 19th, 1922 in Lemoore, CA to Toshio and Tomoyo Morooka. She was the middle daughter of her two sisters; Mayme Akiko and Betty Shizue. The family lived in Chula Vista, in southern California on their celery farm until […]

OBITUARY: Asako McCroskey

McCROSKEY, ASAKO, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2016. Asako was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She is survived by her daughter Susan Sturdevant of Portland, Oregon and her sister Kinko Sakamoto of San Francisco, California. Asako was a graduate of Kumagaya Women’s Senior High School, 1952, Tokyo Bunka Fashion College, 1954 […]

Rep. Mike Honda files lawsuit accusing Ro Khanna’s campaign of computer fraud, espionage

SAN JOSE —  A federal lawsuit filed Sept. 22 in San Jose alleges that congressional candidate Ro Khanna’s campaign accessed confidential files for information on supporters of his opponent, Rep. Mike Honda. The lawsuit comes about six weeks before the Nov. 8 election as Khanna and Honda are contending for the 17th Congressional District seat […]

Longtime Chinatown community leader, activist dies at age of 68

Longtime San Francisco Chinatown activist Rose Pak died Sept. 18 at the age of 68, according to city officials. Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement, “This is a great loss to the city as a whole, and the Chinese community in particular — a community that Rose served, supported and fought for, often fiercely, […]

SJSU identifies students who drew swastikas, graffiti at residence halls

SAN JOSE — San Jose State University police have identified two students who allegedly drew swastikas and hateful graffiti at two residence halls found the evening of Sept. 20 that appear to be unrelated, school officials said Sept. 22. The symbols and graffiti were found at the Campus Village and Washburn Hall buildings that house […]

Former law dean sues UC in bid to block new sexual harassment proceeding

The former law school dean of the University of California at Berkeley sued the university in federal court Sept. 15, seeking to block a disciplinary process that could result in loss of his tenure for alleged sexual harassment. Sujit Choudhry, 46, resigned as dean in March, two days after his executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, sued […]

San Jose lawyer to be disbarred for harming five Southeast Asian clients

A San Jose lawyer is facing disbarment for misconduct in his handling of cases for five clients from the local Southeast Asian community who spoke limited English. Sterling Harwood, 58, signed a stipulation with State Bar Court prosecutors in San Francisco on Aug. 17. In the document, he acknowledged violations of laws and rules of […]

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