Archives for March 2018

THE HEART OF KANJI: 100 percent effort

百 (hyaku) means “hundred,” which indicates the shape of a nose. You can breathe in and out of your nose 100 or more times. 努 (doo or tsutomu) means “effort.” 女 (onna) means “woman,” which represents the sitting form of a woman. 又 (mata) means “the crotch” and 力 (chikara or ryoku) means “power,” which […]

Films of Remembrance unveils little-known stories of wartime incarceration

The Nichi Bei Foundation presented its seventh annual Films of Remembrance program, featuring a curated selection of 10 films, Feb. 24 at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. The one-day film showcase shed light on once-hidden facets of the Japanese American incarceration experience where some 120,000 people of Japanese decent were imprisoned during […]

Historic Wintersburg preservation effort gains community support

LOS ANGELES — Concerned citizens in the Nikkei community have called on the Huntington Beach City Council to help preserve and protect the Historic Wintersburg site, whose status is being threatened by the proposed sale of the property to a storage company. The importance of preserving and protecting the property, Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force […]

Catching up with former Rep. Mike Honda on the importance of Day of Remembrance

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, who as an elected official over the past two decades has joined San Jose’s Japantown in commemorating the Day of Remembrance nearly every year, recently attended the Feb. 18 event marking the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. That order by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt put the […]

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 […]

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