Archives for January 2019

‘Finding wellness in one’s roots’

Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit By Candice Kumai (New York: Harper Wave, 2018, 336 pp., $29.99 hardcover) Candice Kumai is a well known wellness writer, chef, and content creator who has written a book that is a mixture of memoir, self-help and cookbook. Her recognized contributions to national wellness […]

OBITUARY: Stanley Kazumi Ono

ONO, STANLEY KAZUMI, 79, died from respiratory failure on December 28, 2018. He is survived by wife Junko, son Michael (Norma Bonilla), siblings Gary, Sandi, Victor (Jennifer), Lynda, Guy (Linda) (deceased), Jo Ann (Tim), Judy (Nosuke), Naomi (Allen), Teresa and their families. Stanley, born January 20, 1939, was a lifelong San Franciscan, active and well […]

OBITUARY: Chieko Ushigusa Endo

ENDO, CHIEKO USHIGUSA, 83, of Richmond, CA, and a longstanding member of Sycamore Congregational Church, passed away on December 19, 2018, after complications from a severe head injury. Chieko was born September 7, 1935, to Tsunejiro and Yaeko (Maeda) Ushigusa in Kobe, Japan. She grew up as a child in the midst of WWII and […]

OBITUARY: Tadashi “Tad” Teraura

TERAURA, TADASHI “TAD,” 96, passed away on December 10, 2018 after a short illness. He was born on January 26, 1922, in Vacaville, CA. He was a self-employed landscaper for 30+ years and enjoyed fishing, watching professional football, going to the races and playing black jack. A long-time Berkeley resident, he enjoyed socializing at the […]

Japanese American ballet star Sono Osato dies at 99

Sono Osato, a multiracial Japanese American ballet dancer who gained acclaim on Broadway, was found dead at her Manhattan home Dec. 26, 2018, The New York Times reported. She was 99. According to the Times, Osato was the first performer of Japanese descent in Col. Wassily de Basil’s Ballets Russes, said to be the world’s […]

Kenso Zenimura, Nisei who played baseball with Hiroshima Carp, dies

Howard Kenso Zenimura, a Nisei baseball legend from the Fresno, Calif. area who would play professionally with Japan’s Hiroshima Carp, passed away Dec. 13, 2018, the Nisei Baseball Research Project announced on its Facebook page. He was 91. “Kenso was a Nisei baseball pioneer, one of the founding members of the NBRP, and a good […]

Little Tokyo supporters wary of rail construction, gentrification

LOS ANGELES — The Metro Regional Connector rail line, slated to run through Little Tokyo upon completion in 2021, has raised concerns among people who care about the ethnic Japanese enclave’s survival and want to protect the 134-year-old neighborhood from the negative effects of gentrification. Metro’s project, now under construction, will bring three new underground […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ to pave the way for future Asian American films

It’s hard to deny that 2018 is a landmark year for Asian American representation in media. “Crazy Rich Asians,” the Asian American-directed, all-Asian cast-having feature film is the highest-grossing rom-com in a decade, proving the profitability of Asian faces on the big screen and essentially guaranteeing there will be more of them. Many Asian Americans […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Use your noodle … Again

I say again because after I started this column, I looked back at previous articles then realized I used the same title back in October 2009. So while the title is almost verbatim, I won’t plagiarize myself with the content. But noodles do play a traditional role during Oshogatsu, both before and after the turning […]

Deconstructing intersections of Asian America

DRUMMING ASIAN AMERICA: TAIKO, PERFORMANCE, AND CULTURAL POLITICS By Angela K. Ahlgren (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018, 198 pp., $34.95, paperback) Up until 2004, I was a mere (and rather unreflective) spectator to taiko drumming. However, that year I fortuitously became involved as an oral historian in a Japanese American National Museum-sponsored project that […]

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