Archives for June 2020

DISSENT: A call for solidarity with Black-led fights for liberation

Policing is not a neutral institution. It protects the interests of those who have societal power, often at the expense of those who lack such power. We know this from our community experience as Japanese Americans. When Issei community leaders were rounded up after Pearl Harbor, when our families were forced to sell their property […]

NEW GENERATION, NEW NEEDS: Senior organizations on serving Sansei

Sansei as Seniors“I feel like the Sansei generation are really savvy, and they know they have a lot of different options,” Diane Wong, executive director of J-Sei in Emeryville, Calif., said. Wong added that having culturally sensitive services alone does not attract Sansei to her organization. “I feel like we have to have the quality. […]

Mourning from a distance comes at a cost: patience

The coronavirus pandemic has endangered the lives of millions worldwide, putting the elderly, in particular, at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website, eight out of 10 adults in the United States who have died from the virus were 65 years old or older. The pandemic has deprived families from being […]

Activism and Ministry: Rev. Michael Yoshii plans retirement

The Rev. Michael Yoshii will retire at the end of the month after having spent 32 years serving as the Buena Vista United Methodist Church’s pastor. The 67-year-old spent most of his career at the Alameda, Calif. congregation. Known for his leadership in activism, Yoshii oversaw a historically Japanese American Christian church become more ethnically […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Honoring the ancestors

I pen this column having just returned from our annual sojourn during Memorial Day weekend taking Mom to various cemeteries to place flowers at the resting places of dear relatives. Our trip always follows the same pattern, starting at Honolulu Memorial Park, moving on to Nu’uanu Memorial Park then the National Memorial Cemetery of the […]

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: The lesson I learned at a Black Lives Matter Peace March in Osaka

On June 7, I participated in a Black Lives Matter Peace March in Osaka. The event was boosted by a retweet from tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, for which she took a lot of heat. But despite the polarizing nature of the event, I learned a lot, although the lesson I walked away with was not […]

The Great Unknown and the Unknown Great: The origins of the JACL’s advocacy for gay and lesbian rights

This year marks the 14th year that I have commemorated LGBT History Month with a reflection on the important but oft-unremarked presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the history of Japanese Americans. It is with great pleasure that I devote this year’s queer history column to looking back at the latter […]

If you have relatives in a nursing home during pandemic, get them out, advise experts

The COVID 19 pandemic has laid bare the plight of U.S. seniors, who have been disproportionately infected and killed by the disease. Eight out of 10 COVID deaths in the U.S. are seniors, aged 65 or older, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. Up to 70 percent of COVID hospitalizations are of […]

One injured in senior complex fire: Cause under investigation

One person was injured the evening of June 13 in a fire that was contained to the sixth floor of a senior housing complex at 1880 Pine St. near Japantown, a fire department spokesperson said. All floors of the center were evacuated after the fire was reported at 8:07 p.m. June 13. The one person […]

Kansen Chu in hot water over racially-charged remarks

Assemblymember Kansen Chu is facing backlash for racially charged remarks made to a Chinese language newspaper. Chu last week raised eyebrows when he abstained from voting on Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5, a measure that allows voters to decide whether the state’s ban on affirmative action — which boosts hiring minorities and underrepresented communities — should […]

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