Archives for April 2019

CAAMFest presents nuanced personal stories

The Center for Asian American Media’s CAAMFest 2019 returns to the Bay Area May 9, and includes venues in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. The following short films screen in San Francisco. ‘Period Girl’Any number of documentaries could be made about Nadya Okamoto. At 21 years old, she’s already co-founded a nonprofit with more than […]

OBITUARY: Yuko “Sybil” Bosque

BOSQUE, YUKO ‘SYBIL,’ 94, of San Jose’s Japantown passed away peacefully on April 2, 2019. Sybil was born on December 26th, 1924 and has been part of the Japantown community all of her life. Sybil is the daughter of the late, Mashojoshi and Maryko Nishijima, and the oldest sibling to brothers Katsumi (Jonnie) Nishijima, Norio […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Not Mary Ann or Mrs. Howell

Who arguably was the most popular woman who took that fateful three-hour trip on the S.S. Minnow? It definitely wasn’t Mrs. Lovey Howell. Some may say it was Mary Ann, though I believe because of that slinky evening gown, it was Ginger. That’s not the ginger I’ll be highlighting, however, but that fleshy rhizome of […]

OBITUARY: Rev. Dr. Paul Makoto Nagano

REV. DR. NAGANO, PAUL MAKOTO, 98, a Los Angeles born Sansei peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones on April 13, 2019. His ministry extended from Sacramento to Santa Barbara while living in the Bay Area (1986 to 2005). He is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years, Florence; sons, Jim and Steve (Patty […]

Law enacted to recognize ethnic Ainu minority as indigenous people

TOKYO — Japan enacted on April 19 legislation aimed at protecting and promoting the culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in northern Japan, with financial assistance, stipulating for the first time they are an “indigenous” people. The law requires the central and local governments to promote Ainu culture and industry, including tourism, in order […]

OBITUARY: Shizuko Sue Tokushige

TOKUSHIGE, SHIZUKO SUE, 97, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 11. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Yoshio Tokushige, and daughter, Judy Tokushige. She is survived by children Linda Hamamura (Kanji), Sharen King (Rod), Sussie Tokushige and Diana Quinn (John). Cherished grandmother “Nana” of Stacey Hamamura, Michelle Hamamura, Nicole Hamamura, […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Nisei songbird Toshiko Hasegawa soared in Italy and beyond

This week’s column, which forms part of our series uncovering the fascinating story of Nikkei opera singers, centers on the Nisei soprano Toshiko Hasegawa, who lived in Italy and distinguished herself by her performances of Cho-Cho-San in Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and other parts, starring at opera houses such as Milan’s La Scala. Born in […]

OBITUARY: Yasuyo “Susie” Niimoto

NIIMOTO, YASUYO “SUSIE,” 94, passed away on April 13, 2019 in San Jose. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, she was in the carnation growing business in San Jose for 34 years. She loved to cook, golf and play cards with her friends and family. She was predeceased by her husband, Mike Yoshiaki Niimoto and survived by […]

OBITUARY: Yutaka Yao

YAO, YUTAKA, 99, passed away in San Mateo on March 18, 2019. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, she moved to Japan at 4 years of age, returning to San Francisco in 1938. She was preceded in death by her husband, Yoshio, and is survived by son, Shinji (Yoshi) and daughter, Ayako (Ed) Nishimoto; Grandchildren, […]

OBITUARY: Kimiko “Kimi” Kitayama Fujii

FUJII KITAYAMA, KIMIKO “KIMI,” 97, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2019 at her home in Union City. Born February 11, 1922, the fourth of six children of Ryutaro and Katsu Yokobori Fujii, Kimi grew up on the family’s Hayward flower nursery. She was a freshman at UC Berkeley when she and her family along […]

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