Archives for March 2018

Ann Curry’s TV series helps childhood friends reunite after seven decades

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the past 20 years, Reiko Nagumo, a Nisei docent for the California Museum’s Time of Remembrance program, has told her story of how a childhood friendship helped her get through the prejudice she faced during and after World War II. By continuing their friendship against the will of her parents, Nagumo’s […]

OBITUARY: Tomiyo Tee Yoshiwara

YOSHIWARA, TOMIYO TEE, 97, died peacefully Sunday February 18th 2018 at her home in Concord. She was born to Ryuzo and Kiyo Hashimoto, in Lompoc, CA. Tee was preceded in death by her husband Eiichi Yoshiwara. She is survived by son Kent (Pat), and Grandchildren, Kaz and Carole. She lived most of her life in […]

OBITUARY: Rosemary Shigeko Ito

ITO, ROSEMARY SHIGEKO, 82, of Monterey Park passed away at her home with her husband of 61 years at her side. She is survived by husband Willie Ito; sons Marc (Helen) Ito, Vincent (Michele) Ito, Matthew (Yvonne) Ito; daughter Sabrina (Jim) Kiilsgaard; grandchildren Tawny Contreras, Michael Ito, Sydney Ito, Corey Ito, Kayla Kiilsgaard, Kyle Kiilsgaard; […]

OBITUARY: Sumiko Munemoto Flodin

FLODIN, SUMIKO MUNEMOTO, 80, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2017 holding the hand of her son Michael in the comfort of her beloved home in El Cerrito. Sumi was born on February 25, 1937 in Gifu, Japan the youngest of 7 children to Fukuichi and Fumika Munemoto. She met her husband James Flodin in […]

Makeup artist Tsuji wins Academy Award with 2 colleagues

LOS ANGELES — Japanese makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji and two of his colleagues won this year’s Academy Award for best makeup and hairstyling on March 4. Tsuji, the first Japanese to receive the award, shared the prize with Britons David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick. The trio was recognized for their work transforming actor Gary Oldman […]

Asian American DACA recipients await congressional action

LOS ANGELES — Since September, undocumented adults living in America legally through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been in a state of limbo. When the Trump administration last year announced March 5 as the end of the Obama-signed program that protects from deportation the so-called “Dreamer” children who entered the United States […]

Activists outraged over recent immigration sweeps surround ICE office, block roadways

Hundreds of activists outraged over the arrest of more than 150 immigrants in Northern California surrounded the San Francisco offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, blocking vehicular access to the building the afternoon of Feb. 28. While immigrants seeking legal status lined up for their appointments at the immigration agency’s offices in the U.S. Appraisers […]

Former UC Berkeley student sues airline for removing him from plane after he spoke Arabic

A former University of California at Berkeley student who was removed from a Southwest Airlines plane after he spoke Arabic sued the airline Feb. 13 for allegedly violating his civil rights. At the time of the incident on April 6, 2016, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, then 26, was a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in public policy […]

S.F. Cherry Blossom Queen candidates announced

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program presented its 2018 queen candidates during its annual preview March 11 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The queen program, a highlight of San Francisco’s annual cherry blossom festival, will take place Saturday, April 14 at the AMC Kabuki 8. The candidates are: […]

A centenarian gets his wings

A Nisei pilot could have been a World War II ace, but racism kept him grounded. Virgil Nishimura Westdale graduated top of his class in the War Training Service — he said he had a knack for acrobatic flying — and was well on his way to be a pilot for the U.S. Army Air […]

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