Archives for February 2019

Nikkei WWII experience parallels Latino immigrants’ plight today

LOS ANGELES — The parallels between Japanese Americans who were persecuted during World War II and today’s Latino immigrants whose human rights are also being violated by the United States government, was the focus of this year’s Day of Remembrance program, held Feb. 16, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The annual […]

S.F. Public Defender Jeff Adachi, tireless social justice advocate and filmmaker, dies

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose David v. Goliath campaign for his seat in 2002 catapulted the longtime community activist into a highly visible city position, died Feb. 22, 2019 after falling ill during a dinner with a friend in the city’s North Beach area. He was 59. Described by many as a social […]

OBITUARY: Misao Inaba

INABA, MISAO, 96, passed away in San Francisco on December 2, 2018. The eldest daughter of Kima and Kuhei Hamaoka, she was born in Fresno, CA, and spent her childhood and teen years in Delano, CA. After graduating from Delano High, she attended sewing school, a euphemism for preparing Japanese-American girls of her generation for […]

OBITUARY: Yae Yoshifuji Tondo

TONDO, YAE YOSHIFUJI, 92, passed away quietly on the morning of February 10, 2019 surrounded by her family members. Born in Pescadero, Yae was one of nine children, and was forcibly removed with her family to the Tanforan Detention Center and then to the Topaz Concentration Camp during World War II. She moved to San […]

Getting to the heart of a nation

During its annual film showcase Feb. 23 in San Francisco’s Japantown, the Nichi Bei Foundation plans to present a series of short films on the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. Entitled “Americanism is in the Heart,” the three films explore sacrifices some 120,000 people of Japanese descent made while incarcerated The short films consist of […]

OBITUARY: Anne Toshi/Hoshiko Akabori

AKABORI, ANNE TOSHI/HOSHIKO, 79, passed away on January 12, 2019. Anne was born in Sacramento, CA on January 23, 1939. She was raised in Isleton, CA by her parents Herbert and Dora Hoshiko. During World War II they were incarcerated at Tule Lake internment camp. After the war they moved back to the Sacramento area. […]

‘Tales of Clamor’ – a masterful, magical theatrical experience

Silence … sadness … strength … solace — these words rippled through my mind as I watched the preview performance of “Tales of Clamor,” the new play about the Japanese American redress/reparations movement, performed on Feb. 1 at the Aratani Theater at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles. Written by traci […]

In exposing falsehoods, ‘Alternative Facts’ connects the past to the present

In the documentary, “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066,” Jon Osaki, who produced and directed the film, takes a new angle in telling the experiences of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans into United States-style concentration camps and ties what occurred in the 1940s to our current state of the union. […]

Korematsu case re-enactment targets Trump’s anti-immigration policy

NEW YORK — A re-enactment in New York of Korematsu v. United States, a 1944 Supreme Court case that upheld the wartime incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese Americans, was recently staged with a new ending after the court overruled the notorious decision last June. The public event, held Jan. 30 to mark the centennial birthday […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Boosting breakfast

Because workday mornings aren’t paced at leisure, especially when awakening just south of 4 a.m., my workday breakfasts are primarily created to get me to lunch without that mid-morning stomach rumbling or grumbling. Thus, I have the same old breakfast, Coach’s oatmeal from Costco, mixed with Bran Buds and dried cranberries microwaved for two minutes, […]

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