Archives for April 2020

OBITUARY: George M. Okada

George M. Okada Dec. 30, 1928 – Feb. 18, 2020 OKADA, GEORGE M, 91, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2020 at his home. He was the third son of Chiochi and Sono Okada. He was born and raised in San Francisco. George and his family were interned at Topaz, Utah in 1943. He was drafted […]

S.F. family survives cruise ship quarantine

A Japanese American family from San Francisco, passengers on a cruise ship forced to dock at the Port of Oakland after some people on board had been infected with the deadly coronavirus, was finally released from quarantine at a military base in California and allowed to return home. Adelina and Henry Serata and their 23-year-old […]

LETTERS: Two responses to racism

Dear Editor, “Everyman is me. I am his brother. No man is my enemy. I am everyman and he is in and of me. This is my faith, my strength, my deepest hope and my only belief.” — Kenneth Patchen, American poet and novelist (1911-1972) Been thinking lots. Especially about how I might handle an […]

The Heart of Kanji: Great ambition

大 (dai, ookii) means “great or big.” This character represents a tall person who is standing. 志 (Shi, kokorozashi) means “ambition.” The top part of this character depicts a samurai sword and the character below represents a human heart. Together, they depict a person with great ambition who will act like a samurai with a […]

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