Archives for February 2018

‘New Asahi’ celebrate legacy of Japanese Canadian baseball legends

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Kyodo) — Koichi Kaminishi, the last living member of a storied Japanese Canadian baseball team active from 1914 until Canada’s mass incarceration of Japanese during World War II, reflected on the team and his wartime experiences at a celebration of his 96th birthday this month near Vancouver. The gathering, put on by a new […]

Asian Americans named to 2018 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team

Several Asian American skaters have been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, U.S. Figure Skating announced Jan. 7-8. They will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as part of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. The women’s singles team consists of Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen. Bradie Tennell, […]

Oscar nominees announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 2018 Oscar nominees Jan. 23. The Asian and Pacific Islander nominees include: • Writing (Original Screenplay): “The Big Sick,” written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani • Short Film (Animated): “Negative Space,” Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata • Documentary (Feature): “Abacus: Small Enough to […]

OBITUARY: Nancie Haruko Oda

ODA, NANCIE HARUKO, 89, passed away on January 16, 2018 in Oakland, California. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John S. Oda. She is also survived by her brother, Tak Yasuda; children, Joyce Uyeno, of Sacramento, CA, and Todd (Kathy) Uyeno of Piedmont, CA, Shawn Oda of El Cerrito, CA; and six […]

OBITUARY: Florence Yoshiko Yamabe

YAMABE, FLORENCE YOSHIKO, 77, of San Francisco, CA, was called to heaven suddenly on January 4, 2018. Born on August 9, 1940 in San Francisco, CA. She is survived by her loving husband Robert Yamabe, daughter Karen Kwong (Dave) and grandsons Jared and Ryan of Millbrae, CA; son Brian Yamabe (Erin) and granddaughters Emi and […]

OBITUARY: Velma Natsuko Kurihara

KURIHARA, VELMA NATSUKO, 92, passed away peacefully on Dec. 22, 2017 at The Sequoias San Francisco. She was born JUNE 25, 1925 in Tulare, CA. Velma is survived by her sisters Marie Kurihara and Betty Ozawa (Koji) and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She attended Orosi High School. During WWII Velma […]

OBITUARY: Makoto Mark Kamiya

KAMIYA, MAKOTO MARK, 95, passed away Nov. 12, 2017. He was born on Mar. 18, 1922, in Livingston, California to Mibuji and Shizuko Kamiya. Mark was a devoted son, studious and idealistic. He attended Ballico Elementary School, graduated from Livingston High School and entered Cal Poly at San Louis Obispo in 1941. His college education […]

Supervisors vote 10-1 to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

San Francisco supervisors voted 10-1 Jan. 23 to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day despite a last-minute effort to delay the vote in response to objections from some members of the city’s Italian American community. Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents the North Beach neighborhood, where the annual parade on Columbus Day has long since […]

Board chooses Supervisor Farrell as interim mayor in surprise vote

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted the evening of Jan. 23 to appoint Supervisor Mark Farrell as interim mayor in a move that saw the progressive faction teaming up with a moderate supervisor to prevent Board President London Breed from taking the position after a heated, racially charged debate. The decision drew an angry […]

Police recover dresses, skates stolen from Olympic figure skater in S.F. Japantown auto burglary

San Francisco police say they have recovered figure skating dresses and ice skates belonging to a U.S. Olympic figure skater that were stolen in an auto burglary in early January. The items were stolen from Marissa Castelli, who was competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, around 8 p.m. on Jan. 8 […]

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