Archives for 2016

LETTERS: JA landscape architect leaves a lasting legacy

Editor’s Note: The following comment was posted on in response to the article entitled “Dr. Takeo Uesugi, internationally renowned Japanese landscape architect and kunsho recipient, dies,” which was published in the Feb. 4., 2016 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. He was a wonderful person who helped me fight cancer. Thank you Rev. Uesugi […]

Reflections on Day of Remembrance: Supporting the SF ‘comfort women’ memorial & delving into our own history of sexual violence against women in times of war

Last year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to create a “comfort women” memorial. The resolution garnered broad support from both within the Japanese American community as well as veterans, women’s and labor rights groups, students, educators, and scholars. However, there was also opposition from some members of the Japanese and […]

OBITUARY: Masami Iwasa

IWASA, MASAMI, 94, was born on January 3, 1922 in Sacramento, California as the third of six children to Hisata and Kinue Iwasa and passed away at his home for the past 86 years on January 23, 2016 from lung cancer. Masami, who attended Edward Kelly School and Kit Carson, was a 1941 graduate of […]

New headquarters for J-Sei in works

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — J-Sei, a multi-generational and multi-cultural organization with its roots in Nikkei values and culture, purchased and is in the process of remodeling its new headquarters at 1285 66th Ave. in Emeryville, Calif. Located about two miles from the organization’s current headquarters and one mile from its senior center space — both in […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Livin’ la vida local

Or more accurately, as I previously stated (in the article entitled “Support your community” in the Jan. 1, 2016 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly), I have been attempting in this Year of the Monkey to buy la vida local. Well, it originally sounded easy,  but after my first attempt, it makes me seem more […]

LETTERS: ‘Shrimp Boy’s’ claim ‘suspect’

Editor’s Note: The following letter was originally posted as a comment on in response to the article entitled “Prosecutors say ‘Shrimp Boy’ verdict is fair,” which was published in the Jan. 21, 2016 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, Shrimp Boy’s claim that he renounced crime after 3 days of meditation at […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: A ‘phantasmagoric, dreamy depiction’ of one man’s post-camp life

For a long time, I have thought of the incarceration experience as full of possibilities for drama, fiction and other forms of creative expression. So much happened in the camps. Those were times that tried men’s (and women’s) souls, so to speak, and all were punished for the accident of their ancestry. Circumstances forced hard […]

Girl Scout creates patch program to raise awareness of WWII incarceration

Editor’s Note: This content was originally published on the Japanese American National Museum’s “First & Central: The JANM Blog” on January 5, 2016. My name is Lauren Wong. I am an Ambassador Girl Scout with Troop 881, based at the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim, California, and a candidate for the Girl Scout Gold […]

Yoshiko Kakudo, philanthropist and Asian Art Museum’s first curator of Japanese art, dies

Yoshiko Kakudo, the Asian Art Museum’s first curator of Japanese art, passed away peacefully Jan. 12, 2016, after a long illness resulting from a stroke. Born June 15, 1934 in Osaka, Japan, Kakudo received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Kobe College in 1957 and her master’s degree in decorative art from UC Berkeley in […]

Re(ad)dressing Injustice: Korematsu Day connects JA incarceration to anti-Muslim bigotry

In San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the Fred T. Korematsu Institute presented its annual program for Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution Jan. 30 with this year’s program entitled “Re(ad)dressing Racial Injustice: From Japanese American Incarceration to Anti-Muslim Bigotry.” Featuring two panels of speakers, as well as presentations by children, the evening addressed […]

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