Archives for 2019

Bookseller, like Japanese American community, perseveres through challenges

SAN MATEO, Calif. — Women, children, mothers, fathers, families. Some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent were trapped behind barbed wire fences for having a cultural connection to Japan during World War II. In 1970 the Japanese American Curriculum Project, renamed the Asian American Curriculum Project in 1985, began its humble endeavor to educate the public […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The humble cabbage

Yes, I realize that it’s not the sexiest food or vegetable. And though it’s the main ingredient in coleslaw, when was the last time you had a Pavlovian reaction when someone placed a bowl of coleslaw in front of you? Most of the other Brassica oleracea cultivars have their devoted and dedicated followers, like kale, […]

Unearthing one family’s history

TADAIMA! I AM HOME: A TRANSNATIONAL FAMILY HISTORY By Tom Coffman (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2018, 176 pp., $17.99, paperback) The volume under review, the most recent of many documentary books by award-winning veteran independent researcher, writer, and producer Tom Coffman, characteristically incorporates historical themes pertaining to Hawai‘i. What makes “Tadaima! I Am Home” […]

OBITUARY: Yuriko Yokota

YOKOTA, YURIKO, 104, passed away peacefully at her home in Hayward, California, on June 18, 2019. She was born April 4, 1915 to Jujiro Sugihara and Teru Kobayashi Sugihara in San Francisco, and was raised in Richmond, CA, where she attended San Pablo Elementary and Richmond High School. In 1942 Yuri and her parents and […]

OBITUARY: Mitsue “Mitzi” Kamikawa Hurlbert

KAMIKAWA HURLBERT, MITSUE “MITZI” entered the Pure Land peacefully at home on June 27, 2019. She was 99. Mitzi, as she was known, was born on Jan. 24, 1920, in Fresno, California. She was the third of five children to Koichi and Kaoru Shimata Kamikawa, who ran the popular Kamikawa Brothers general merchandise store in […]

OBITUARY: Kikue “Kay” Shirai

SHIRAI, KIKUE “KAY”, age 97, of Sacramento passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019. Kay was born in Mount Eden, California on January 24, 1922 to Kiichi and Ryo Tomotoshi. She graduated Hayward Union High School. In 1942 her family was incarcerated at Topaz Relocation Center and then Tule Lake Segregation Center. For 28 years […]

‘Respectable’ biography on Norman Mineta falls short of potential

Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II By Andrea Warren (New York: Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House, 2019, 224 pp., $22.99, hardcover) When I was in elementary school, I was introduced to the American Revolution through the biography of Johnny Tremain, which may […]

OBITUARY: Mutsuko Alice (Taguma) Honda

HONDA, MUTSUKO ALICE (TAGUMA), passed away peacefully at her home in Sacramento, Calif. on June 17, 2019 after a long battle with dementia. She was 88. A vivacious spirit, she commanded the spotlight when she entered a room, & was known to have a big heart, kind to everyone, & was a great cook. A […]

150 years later, Wakamatsu colony comes back to life

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — The sun-burnt foothills of Gold Hill outside Placerville came alive June 8 with silk spinners, tea makers, flute players, priests and even a prince from Aizu Wakamatsu. They joined hundreds of history buffs from Japan, California and beyond to celebrate the 150th anniversary of America’s first Japanese outpost, the short-lived but much-revered […]

Japanese Americans, others protest immigration detention at former WWII prison camp

LAWTON, Okla. — On June 22, Japanese Americans, Native Americans and immigrant rights advocates joined together to protest immigration detention at Fort Sill, the former site of a World War II prison camp for people of Japanese ancestry. Groups organized in response to the news that the Trump administration plans to incarcerate 1,400 migrant children […]

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