Archives for December 2020

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: To sous vide or not sous vide

Sous vide refers to that precise cooking application where food is placed in a vacuum-sealed bag, and then let to slow cook in a water bath not unlike that commercial water bath you may have used in chemistry class. Because you set the temperature at the exact point that a specific type of protein is […]

Her parents survived a bombing and an incarceration camp. Now she’s their caregiver. In San Jose’s Japantown, June Yasuhara learns more about her parents’ dementia daily

June Yasuhara, 55, suffered bouts of severe anxiety all her life. During a major episode, she couldn’t even mail a letter. “You don’t feel you are capable of anything,” she says. Worry about her parents’ health was always a major trigger. So when both her mother and father developed dementia, Yasuhara’s anxiety should have came […]

Nikkei’s search for blood stem cell donor hampered by the pandemic

Kazumi Schmidgall enjoys playing the piano, hiking and kickboxing. The Shin-Issei high school math teacher had such an active and healthy life, she could hardly believe it when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and a lung infection in September. Schmidgall, who is in her 60s, is working with Asian American Donor Program, which […]

A life lesson from John Lennon, in Japantown

Sadness and sorrow. Dec. 8 was the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Here’s my story on meeting him: I was a young teen in the summer of 1973, hanging out at Paper Tree, when in walks John and Yoko. They smiled at my folks as they wandered through the store, bought some postcards, then […]

Rose Ochi, who shattered glass ceilings, dies

Takayo Rose Matsui Ochi, attorney, civil rights activist and political strategist who shattered numerous glass ceilings, such as becoming the first Asian American woman commissioner on the Los Angeles Police Commission and the first Asian American woman assistant attorney general, passed away on Dec. 13, 2020, two days shy of her 82nd birthday.  Ochi spending […]

Police: Couple flew to Hawai‘i despite positive virus tests

HONOLULU (AP) — A couple were arrested at a Hawai‘i airport after traveling from the U.S. mainland despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19, authorities said. Wesley Moribe, 41, and Courtney Peterson, 46, boarded a United Airlines flight to Lihue with a 4-year-old child after testing positive for the coronavirus while returning home from international […]

Biden picks Tai as top trade envoy

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Katherine Tai to be the top U.S. trade envoy, he announced on Dec. 11. Tai, who is chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee, will be tapped as the U.S. Trade Representative, according to the two people, who spoke Dec. 9 on the condition of […]

Chinese Americans who served in WWII honored by Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy-five years after World War II ended, Congress is honoring thousands of Chinese Americans who served the United States in the war, earning citations for heroism — including the Medal of Honor — despite discrimination that included limits on numbers allowed in the U.S. Nearly 20,000 people of Chinese ancestry served in […]

OBITUARY: Mitsue Ono

ONO, MITSUE, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on Dec 5, 2020 in San Francisco. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Odawara, Japan. Mitsue returned to SF and married Hiroyoshi Ono, where they owned and operated the Goshado Bookstore in Japantown. She was very passionate about Ohara Ikebana and achieved […]

The Story of Japanese American Food: Evolution by adaptation

The Japanese American National Museum wants to make you hungry. JANM held the first of three virtual programs on Japanese American food, “A Taste of Home: Building the Flavors of Japanese America,” on Nov. 15. The event detailed the history of how Japanese food culture has evolved into Japanese American cuisine. Joy Yamaguchi, the museum’s […]

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