Archives for February 2018

OBITUARY: Dr. Raymond S. Murakami

MURAKAMI, Dr. RAYMOND S., 90, Bethesda, MD, a prominent Washington, D.C. dentist, passed away on January 24, 2018. During his nearly 50 years in dental practice, he served members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, members of the diplomatic community, Hollywood movie stars, and the Japanese American population. He was a member of the ADA, D.C. Dental […]

OBITUARY: Herbert Shiro Suenaga

SUENAGA, HERBERT SHIRO, 89, passed away on January 27th after a long illness. He was born on December 19, 1928 to parents Kazuto and Misuyo Suenaga. He was the youngest of 7 children, all pre-deceased now except brother, Saburo (Koz) Suenaga in Carson City, NV. He is survived by his spouse, Annie, three children: Steven, […]

Impeachment and Japanese Americans

Because our history and psyches have been forever scorched by the wartime incarceration of our community by our own government, Japanese Americans know how fragile our Constitutional rights are. We know that the Constitution is only as meaningful as the people’s insistence that our leaders, government and officials fully comply with it. Violations of the […]

High school coach Tyler Nii presumed dead after skydiving accident in New Zealand

SAN JOSE — A San Jose high school tennis coach is missing and presumed dead after a skydiving accident in early January in New Zealand, police and high school officials said. Tyler Nii appears to have died Jan. 10 after he plunged into Lake Wakatipu in the South Island of the country. Nii, 27, was […]

OBITUARY: Robert Yushi “Bob” Inouye

INOUYE, ROBERT YUSHI “BOB”, 84, had more lives than a stubborn cat but eventually left us on January 21st, 2018, peacefully holding his wife’s hand. He passed away surrounded by family in San Francisco, the city he loved by the bay. Bob was born in the town of Alviso near San Jose, California on April […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Time of remembrance

Last year, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, the order that authorized the incarceration of more than 110,000 American Japanese during World War II. This year, it is the 30th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the legislation that mandated the issuing of a […]

And then they stood up for them

Japanese Americans held a candlelight vigil in San Francisco’s Japantown in November 2016, following the election of President Donald Trump. Abby Ginzberg’s “And Then They Came For Us” opens with this scene as Asian Americans and the Muslim community expressed solidarity following a presidential campaign fraught with xenophobia, homophobia and Islamophobia. The year-long campaign by […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Sueo and Ikuo Serisawa’s lifelong dedication to the arts

In my Jan. 1, 2018 Nichi Bei Weekly article on prewar Nisei films, I discussed the 1935 film “Nisei Parade,” produced by the brothers Ikuo and Sueo Serisawa. Publication of the article has brought on the question of what happened afterward to the young filmmakers, notably to Sueo Serisawa. In fact, Serisawa’s work on the […]

Let’s Talk … About standing up

I’m here in Honolulu to assist in interviewing my friend and inspiration, Mr. Hitoshi “Hank” Naito, a 93-year-young Nisei man whom I met several years ago while working on a documentary film about my family’s experience at Tule Lake, Calif. during World War II. Confronted with the so-called “loyalty questionnaire,” Hank’s Issei father had worked […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Hook, line and sinker

OK, I’ll admit it. I check Facebook at least once a day, probably for 30 to 60 minutes each day. And I’m sure there are more than half a billion other Facebook users that spend just as much time each day, if not more time than I do, on the site. And that doesn’t even […]

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