Archives for September 2017

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Cultural appropriation or food evolution?

There have been several publications highlighting the opinions of chefs in Hawai‘i regarding the popularity of a dish previously only known in the 50th: poké. Before I say anything else, let me get this off of my chest. It is pronounced poh-keh, which means to slice or cut. Poh-kee is Gumby’s orange buddy, which has […]

OBITUARY: Arrice Mitsuko Mori

MORI, ARRICE MITSUKO, 95, a native of San Francisco, was born on April 17, 1922, to parents Saichi and Matsuyo Mizono, founders/owners of Azumaya Tofu Company. Arrice passed away on August 14, 2017. Her brothers (George, Jack, and John) and sister (Mary Ishida) pre-deceased her. Arrice graduated from Commerce High School. During WWII, she and […]

OBITUARY: Rev. Yasunobu Kojima

KOJIMA, REV. YASUNOBU, 82, passed away on September 9, 2017. Yasunobu was born on January 3, 1935 in Sacramento to Rev. Kumakichi and Chikako Kojima. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Tamotsu Abe, sister June Coats and grandson Kieran Kojima-Black. He is survived by wife Yuri; children Rev. Brian (Yumiko) Kojima, Sharon […]

TAKUMA SATO: Driving force of Japanese motorsport

Takuma Sato sent Japanese racing fans into a frenzy following his monumental Indianapolis 500 win May 28. The first Japanese racer to do so, and the only Japanese IndyCar racer currently on the track, Sato sat down for an interview with a pool of Nikkei journalists including the Nichi Bei Weekly ahead of the GoPro […]

San Francisco ‘Comfort Women’ Memorial unveiled

The “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition unveiled a monument Sept. 22 at the Saint Mary’s Square Annex in San Francisco’s Chinatown, capping off a two-year effort to install a memorial dedicated to Japan’s wartime sex slaves. Organizers estimated that more than 500 people attended the unveiling, including former Rep. Mike Honda, Consul General of the People’s […]

LASTING COMMITMENTS: Being a beneficiary

Estate planning, like any field, has its own special uses of language. Many of the key terms are commonly used words such as “beneficiary,” which take on precise meanings in the context of wills and trusts. Here’s a hypothetical situation that introduces some of the basic roles and ideas. It’s based on an actual question […]

JAs launch petition to prevent fence at Tule Lake

Filmmaker (“Children of the Camps” and “From a Silk Cocoon: A Japanese American Renunciation Story”) and licensed therapist Satsuki Ina has started an online petition to stop the proposed fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, the site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center, where persons of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II. […]

Public defender announces fund to help immigrants fight deportation

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced Sept. 14 a new fund that will help immigration defense attorneys pay for expert witnesses testifying on behalf of detained immigrants. The Immigration Defense Fund, a joint effort by the public defender’s office and the nonprofit International Institute of the Bay Area, will provide grants to attorneys beginning […]

Officer linked to text message scandal pleads guilty to felony

A former San Francisco police lieutenant named in a scandal involving racist text messages last year has pleaded guilty to filing a false police report as part of a plea agreement, court officials said Sept. 14. Curtis Liu, 55, pleaded to the felony charge on Sept. 6 as part of a deal reached with prosecutors. […]

Supes unanimously back renaming of Justin Herman Plaza

Acknowledging a dark chapter in city history, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a resolution calling for the renaming of Justin Herman Plaza. The resolution, introduced by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, calls for the Recreation and Park Commission to rename the plaza at the eastern end of Market Street “Embarcadero Plaza” until a new […]