Archives for May 2018

Community icon Jimi Yamaichi dies at 95

Jimi Yamaichi — carpenter, World War II draft resister, Tule Lake Committee member, Japanese American Museum of San Jose co-founder and community leader — passed away at his San Jose home on May 12. He was 95. “Jimi Yamaichi is an icon of the Japanese American community … and he has touched the lives of […]

Antonio Villaraigosa and Asian Americans

Antonio Villaraigosa is the only gubernatorial candidate to demonstrate leadership to the underrepresented people in California. I had the honor and privilege of serving with Antonio during his Speakership in the California State Assembly in 1999 through 2000. During those two years, Asian Americans represented nearly 10 percent of the California population, but less than […]

Finding my own ‘Place’ through art

It’s one thing to write for a living and another to create art. Art often speaks personal truths or attempts to articulate something difficult to tangibly describe. So it was a radically different exercise for me to create a piece of art for the “A Place of Her Own” exhibition currently on display at J-Sei […]

Mineta legacy: Film on Japanese American icon makes its debut

A documentary highlighting the life and career of Norman Yoshio Mineta, the legislator who achieved many firsts for Asians in American politics, will have its world premiere at the Center for Asian American Media’s annual festival Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Co-producer and director Dianne Fukami stated […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Repurposing your favorite loaf

So you purchased that perfect olive loaf from La Brea Bakery, and while it made superb sandwiches over the past week, there’s still a half loaf leftover that’s beginning to stale. Or perhaps that artisanal baguette from that independent French bakery down the street has gone stale after several days. What do you do with […]

Protesting the injustice of the incarceration

Have you seen “Resistance at Tule Lake” yet? It’s the film by Konrad Aderer that was featured on PBS this past Sunday. It is screening at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival at the California Museum in Sacramento on Saturday, May 26: http://www.sapff.org/2018-festival-programming/. Now there is a link through PBS so the public can view […]

CAAMFest to highlight Nikkei experiences

CAAMFest36, the 36th annual film festival presented by the Center for Asian American Media, opens with the world premiere of “An American Story: Norman Mineta And His Legacy,” Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre at 429 Castro St. in San Francisco. “The Registry,” by Bill Kubota and Steve Ozone, documents aging […]

Forgive and go on together

(Editor’s Note: The following essay won “Best in Class, 5th Grade” in the Growing Up Asian in America contest, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Fund. For all winning entries, visit www.asianpacificfund.org.) I am just a girl who wants something better for our world. I knew little about the power of forgiveness, until I heard these […]

OBITUARY: Ayame Mae Uchida

UCHIDA, AYAME MAE, 97, passed peacefully Saturday April 14th surrounded by her loving family. Born in San Francisco in 1920, she is survived by her husband Yoshihiro (Yosh), daughters Lydia (Steve) Sakai and Aileen (Steven) Shimizu and grandsons Michael and Kyle (Diane) Sakai. She was preceded in death by her daughter Janice (Dan) Shapiro, brothers […]

San Jose sues Trump administration to challenge citizenship question on census

SAN JOSE — The city of San Jose added a new lawsuit to the list of challenges to a plan by the administration of President Donald Trump to add a citizenship question to the 2020 national census. The city filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Jose against the U.S. Department of Commerce and […]

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