Archives for November 2016

Underdog Yamada vying be first Nikkei woman in CA Senate

Former California state Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and freshman Assemblymember Bill Dodd are vying to replace termed-out state Sen. Lois Wolk’s seat in Senate District 3 in the state senate. Yamada, who termed out of serving in the Assembly in 2014, is the perceived underdog in the intraparty race against Dodd, who garnered endorsements from the […]

CA Senate hopeful stresses education, environment

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Providing career technical education and protecting the South Bay’s environment are top priorities for Warren Furutani, the former state Assembly member who is seeking the 35th state Senate District seat in the Nov. 8, 2016, general election. The Yonsei politician has represented two-thirds of the 35th Senate District during his tenure […]

List of Japanese Cubans sent to WWII incarceration camps found

HAVANA  — A list of about 350 Japanese Cubans who were sent to incarceration camps by the Cuban government during World War II was found in the Central American country recently, shining a light on a long-forgotten fact in its history. A copy of the list of Japanese immigrants to Cuba and their descendants, compiled […]

Asian American voters not being engaged in CA’s ballot initiative process

A new survey of Asian American voters in California out this week finds that many do not vote on ballot initiatives because they don’t know enough about them. With 17 ballot measures going before California voters this November that could make a key difference on outcomes come Election Day. “API voters really see ballot measures […]

Four reasons why AAPIs should oppose Prop 61

Proposition 61 is opposed by a diverse coalition of organizations representing community-based health service organizations, labor unions, patient advocates, doctors, clinics, veterans, and businesses because the flawed and deceptive measure would be bad for patients, harmful for veterans and expensive for taxpayers. The negative impact of Prop. 61 on AAPIs would be broad and deep. […]

OBITUARY: Yoshiye Kawabata

KAWABATA, YOSHIYE, 89, was born on July 10, 1927 in San Francisco, to Hikoichi and Haruno Yoshioka. Preceding her in death were her loving husband Harry, beloved son Wes, and dear brother Togo. She is survived by brothers Toshihiko, and Kunio, sister Yukie Ohara and her children, Gary (Nancy), Robbin (Carl), Curt (Joan), Bruce (Kathy), […]

OBITUARY: Frank Y. Masuoka

MASUOKA, FRANK Y., 93, a U.S. Army Capt. (Ret.), passed away peacefully with his beloved family at his side on October 19th 2016. He is survived by Ginger (Matsuyama), his wife of 67 years, 6 children and many grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in his honor at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building […]

Obama endorses Muratsuchi in 66th Assembly District race

TORRANCE, Calif. — President Barack Obama on Oct. 27 endorsed Democrat Al Muratsuchi in his race for the 66th Assembly District seat, announced the Muratsuchi campaign, adding that the Nikkei candidate is among a select group of state legislative candidates from around the country to be endorsed by the president. “I am proud to have […]

LETTERS: In support of the Issei Commemorative Garden

Dear Editor, The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) joins others in support of the Issei Commemorative Garden. This garden, to be created at the site of the Cottage Row Mini-Park, would serve as a backdrop to a unique neighborhood story and experience. Prior to World War II, the Japantown community was a vibrant residential and […]

Nearly $3 million in state funds to help restore Angel Island hospital, create immigrant history center

Nearly $3 million in state funding will help complete the restoration of a former hospital on Angel Island and the development of exhibits telling the story of the people who passed through during the island’s term as an immigration detention center, officials announced Oct. 27. The former Public Service Hospital at the U.S. Immigration Station […]

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