Archives for June 2019

LET’S TALK … About gratitude

Obon festivals in Japanese American communities across the country signal the heart of summer and the gathering of families and friends for Bon Odori, festive lanterns, taiko drums, and our favorite local food booths. In the Buddhist tradition, Obon is a time that marks the return of deceased ancestors to Earth with special consideration of […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Vital Records — A vitally important part of your family history research

Vital Records are legal documents of major life events. Typically, these are birth, marriage, and death records. Usually they contain critical clues that can help you document your family history. More importantly, these records connect one generation to the next. In order to receive documents in Japan, you must prove your lineage to someone on the koseki; usually this is your Issei ancestor. By gathering vital records, you can prove your lineage through each document that names a set of parents.

Summer is fun time for Southern California Bon Odori junkies

LOS ANGELES — Summer is a joyful season for many thousands of Southern California Nikkei as they participate in numerous traditional Buddhist Obon observances — as well as non-Buddhist summer festivities — and most include some Japanese dancing. Obon is a traditional event to honor and thank one’s ancestors for the gift of life. Most […]

Bon Odori is a tradition even far from the West Coast

Japanese Americans who don’t live on the West Coast joke that you can go to a different Bon Odori every weekend in California, and dance away your summer. Not so in the geographically isolated Rocky Mountain region, where a few cities such as Denver, Salt Lake City and some other smaller towns host Obon festivals […]

Netflix’s ‘Always Be My Maybe’ a groundbreaking film for Asian Americans and Hollywood

Sometimes the media revolution hits not with a bang, but in a sweet and subversive romantic comedy. Make no mistake. “Always Be My Maybe,” a recently released Netflix original starring Randall Park and Ali Wong, is one of the most culturally authentic mainstream films yet on Asian Americans. At the same time, “Always Be My […]

‘We need numbers to tell our story’: Reversing census undercount in Indian Country

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Fear, distrust and even anger at the federal government are among the obstacles the 2020 Census must overcome to reach an accurate count, especially of immigrants and communities of color, most experts agree. For Native Americans, the ethnic group with the highest undercount of any defined by the Census Bureau, these obstacles […]

Lodi JACL Templars honor 442nd Regimental Combat Team on opening day

LODI, Calif. — On a mild summer 85-degree Lodi morning, the Northern California Japanese American Baseball League had its opening day for the 2019 season. The Lodi JACL Templars hosted the Fresno Sansei at Tony Zupo stadium June 9. Pre-game ceremonies celebrated and honored the connection between the Lodi JACL baseball team and the 442nd […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The jack of all beans

When you think of legumes or the humble bean, which variety is the most versatile? Pinto beans can be cooked then consumed as is or mashed for the perfect refried bean. Kidney beans are a must in Hawai‘i-style chili and they can also be mashed for a delicious spread. Garbanzos or chickpeas can be consumed […]

Man arrested for alleged hate crime

FREMONT, Calif. — A 55 year old homeless man was arrested in Fremont early June 20 after he allegedly assaulted three passersby with a deadly weapon. Two victims called 911 at midnight, reporting an assault in the 39800 block of Sundale Drive. The caller said a homeless man was throwing rocks at his friend for […]

Police warn Mandarin-speaking community about scam involving fake gold

Police on June 28 sent a warning to San Francisco’s Mandarin-speaking community, asking them to be on the lookout for a scam involving the promise of ancient Chinese artifacts. According to police, recently a group of suspects were able to gain the trust of a business owner and convinced him they had unearthed valuable artifacts […]

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