Archives for May 2019

BORDER TOWN STORIES: Exploring Okinawa’s multicultural mishmash

A previous recipient of a Fulbright grant to Japan, author Akemi Johnson has written for outlets such as The Nation and National Public Radio, and contributed an essay to volume 2 of “Hapa Japan.” She spoke with Nichi Bei Weekly about her forthcoming book, “Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadows of the […]

LETTERS: Concerns about conditions in S.F.’s J-Town

Hello, after taking several tours of Japantown and the Peace Plaza, I am very concerned with the condition of the town. The Pagoda itself is rusting and has severe gaps in the foundation. The walkways and tree holders are cracking and falling apart. There is a lot of trash and filth in the walkways. Inside […]

ELUSIVE DREAMS: Proud hapa finds marrow match but loses cancer battle

After enduring a year’s worth of treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Paul Ota decided to fly home to the Bay Area to pick up his universal passport. A universal passport is a document that symbolizes a person’s goal to travel the world. He had been on the waitlist for one since before he was diagnosed with […]

WALKING THE MIDDLE PATH: USC professor engages hapa identity via Buddhism

If there’s one person besides, perhaps, Naomi Osaka, who has reinvigorated the subject of mixed race in the Japanese diaspora, it’s Duncan Ryūken Williams. Born and raised in Tokyo by his Japanese mother and British father, Williams came to the United States to attend Reed College for his undergraduate work before going on to earn […]

San Jose man arraigned in purse snatch robbery with all Asian victims

SAN JOSE — A 26-year-old man who was arrested May 11 after being caught on camera allegedly robbing and dragging a woman and her young daughter down a flight of stairs in San Jose was arraigned in Santa Clara County court May 15. Pablo Cabrera has been charged with five counts of strong-arm robbery and […]

Journalist considered ‘possible co-conspirator’ in theft of police report

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott on May 21 said a freelance journalist who was handcuffed for six hours while police raided his home and office is being considered by investigators as a possible co-conspirator in the theft of a leaked police report. Freelance stringer journalist Bryan Carmody has been accused by police of unlawfully […]

Multiracial athletes of Japanese descent and their ascent

March 21, 2019, Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. In the bottom of the eighth, Ichiro Suzuki trotted off the baseball diamond for the last time, waving to an unusually emotional Japanese crowd. Soon after, fellow Seattle Mariners Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. remarked that, during his career, Ichiro was able to “cross barriers.” When […]

Berkeley resident has measles, Berkeley public health confirms

BERKELEY, Calif. — The city of Berkeley announced May 17 that a resident has contracted measles. While the person is no longer contagious, city officials have advised anyone who visited Berkeley Bowl at 2020 Oregon St. May 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. who is not immune to look for the first stage of […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: On processing the Crystal City pilgrimage

I’ve been home for a while since the March 29 to April 1 Crystal City, Texas pilgrimage and demonstration at Dilley, the largest detention center for asylum seekers in the U.S. It is as though my head and my heart are so full of thoughts and feelings that I can’t “process” the experience with detachment. […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Brassica oleracea italica

Huh? Technically, it’s Brassica oleracea variation italica or that veggie that the 41st president refused to consume, the humble crown of broccoli. Why broccoli? For starters, broccoli crowns have been on sale in the 50th, ranging from $1.99 to $2.49 (yes, that is a sale price in the 50th) so I’ve been consuming my fair […]

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