Archives for June 2018

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Unmasking the complexities of documenting queer Nikkei sexuality and history

This week’s column marks the 12th entry in the annual series on queer Japanese American history that I have undertaken to mark LGBT Pride Month. Previous entries have shed light on the nature of sexuality within Japanese communities, the rise and decline of homophobia, past gay activists and community debates over LGBT civil rights. This […]

Mountain View Buddhist Temple impermanence

“How, are we going to do Obon … without rice?” Randy Sato, co-chair of this year’s Obon Festival and Bazaar at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, pushed his tensed fingers thru his hair. The members of the Mountain View Buddhist Temple are facing a powerful lesson in the Buddhist concept of impermanence this year. Over […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Not your mother’s milk

Most of us started life with our mother’s milk as our first form of sustenance. Then at some point, we started infringing on the sustenance of calves, namely cow’s milk. From there, we either continued on some form of the same, whether it was full fat, reduced fat or skim or totally eliminated it from […]

San Francisco poet and activist dies

Peter Kenichi Yamamoto — a poet, community activist, volunteer and one of the last surviving tenants of the famed I-Hotel — passed away in San Francisco during the early hours of May 27, 2018. Yamamoto, who had just posted his final Facebook post beaming about having just met activist Angela Davis — a longtime hero […]

OBITUARY: Masaru “Mas” Kawaguchi

KAWAGUCHI, MASARU “MAS”, 92, born Nov. 6, 1925, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2018. Beloved husband of Ida and loving father of sons Todd (Kate), Jeffrey (Pam), and daughter Mari. Mas adored his two grandsons, Tyler and Bryce. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ida, and his six brothers and sisters. […]

Asian American candidates in Calif.

California held its primary elections June 5, resulting in several wins for Asian Americans, while many more were locked out of the November election in the state’s top-two primaries. Congressional Seats Several Asian American hopefuls ran to unseat United States Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but the veteran senator held a healthy lead with 43.8 percent of […]

Nikkei honored for donating photo collection

Patti Hirahara of Anaheim, Calif., who donated her family’s concentration camp photo collection to Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Department, received the Honorary Alumna Award from the WSU Alumni Association in April. Hirahara was also honored for educating the public about the Japanese American wartime incarceration experience. She is the first […]

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