Archives for 2019

OBITUARY: Harry Toji Kurotori

KUROTORI, HARRY TOJI, 97, passed away peacefully at his home in Pleasanton, CA on October 18, 2019. He was born May 13, 1922 in SanFrancisco and raised in Martinez, CA where he attended Alhambra High School. In 1942, he was interned at Gila River Relocation Center, AZ before being drafted into the US Army where […]

OBITUARY: Kiku Hori Funabiki

FUNABIKI, KIKU HORI, 95, died peacefully at her home in San Francisco on October 12, 2019. Kiku was born in San Francisco at Post and Buchanan on July 4, 1924. She resided there until the war when her family were incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming Internment Camp. On release to the west coast she completed […]

OBITUARY: Jane M. Kosakura

KOSAKURA, JANE M. passed away peacefully at home on October 26, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Jane was born on November 10, 1942 in Tule Lake, CA and spent most of her childhood on the family farm in West Sacramento. Jane attended Clarksburg High School before graduating from UC Berkeley where she met her […]

OBITUARY: Isao Tanaka

TANAKA, ISAO, 93, passed away peacefully on Oct. 27, 2019. Beloved brother of Setsuko Tanaka and Misae (Kojimoto), widow of brother Terumi. Loving uncle of Patricia Ann, Nanayo (Robert) Silver, Kimiye (Steve) Touchi, Mikio (Louise) Tanaka, Tsuyumi and Chisako and devoted Grandnieces Hitomi, Chiemi and Nobumi. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. […]

Santa Rosa man dies after PG&E power shut-off

Gerald Niimi, who was originally from Hawai‘i, 75, passed away in his sleep in the aftermath of one of the PG&E Bay Area power shut-offs on Oct. 15, according to The Press Democrat. He had been using oxygen machines to breathe due to a diagnosis of lung disease, the news outlet reported. PG&E spokeswoman, Deanna […]

Remains found may be Manzanar inmate

Skeletal remains discovered by hikers near Mount Williamson on Oct. 7 could be that of a Manzanar, Calif. concentration camp prisoner who disappeared July 29, 1945, while hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Associated Press reported. In the closing days of World War II, a man from Manzanar had joined other Japanese American […]

Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki dons MAGA hat at White House

During the World Series champion Washington Nationals visit to the White House on Nov. 4, catcher Kurt Suzuki “proudly donned a red MAGA hat and endured a very, very, very awkward hug from the President,” Yahoo Sports reported. As Suzuki made his way to the podium, the 36-year-old native of Maui, Hawai‘i put on a […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Preserve your treasures before it’s too late

April 18, 1906. San Francisco was struck by an earthquake, followed by a devastating fire, which left hundreds of thousands homeless, and which destroyed all of the public records at city hall. Oct. 19, 1991. The Oakland firestorm incinerated nearly 3,000 single-family homes. Nov. 8, 2018. The Camp Fire obliterated 95 percent of the town […]

Keiro Northwest closes its Seattle nursing facility

Keiro Northwest, Seattle’s largest and oldest Asian Pacific Islander senior care program, recently closed its main nursing facility and other programs for senior citizens after a decade of declining revenues and changes in the nation’s health care system. Founded 41 years ago by Japanese Americans to care for their elderly in a culturally sensitive and […]

Reflecting on 50 years of ethnic studies at where it all started

Over the course of five months, from November 1968 to March 1969, protesters from the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front chanted, “On strike, shut it down!” The protesters wanted to expose the autocracy and issues of racism found on the university campus. They also wanted a more inclusive environment for people […]

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