Archives for December 2020

Dave Yanai wins John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award

LOS ANGELES  — Dave Yanai, retired coach of Cal State Dominguez Hills, will receive the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award in 2021. The award recognizes coaches who exemplify the late UCLA coach’s high standard of coaching success and personal integrity.  Yanai will receive the award on April 9 in Los Angeles. Yanai was […]

Film shines spotlight on ‘Japan’s Field of Dreams’

At first glance, “Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams” is a documentary film about Japan’s wildly popular high school baseball tournament that has captivated the nation every summer for more than 100 years.  But beyond the balls and strikes and bases on balls, this 94-minute 2019 film now playing in virtual cinemas in San Francisco and […]

Japanese American tea and history take root in Sonoma vineyard

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — On Nov. 7, several dozen Japanese Americans and their friends from across California descended on Santa Rosa’s Paradise Ridge Winery. They didn’t come to taste Convict Zinfandel, Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon or even Nagasawa Chardonnay, named after Kanaye Nagasawa, the globe-trotting Japanese samurai and adventurer who ran the original Fountaingrove Winery in […]

Metro Project not as bad as pandemic for Little Tokyo

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Regional Connector construction has been disruptive for residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations in Little Tokyo, but not as disruptive as the COVID-19 pandemic, according to three prominent Nikkei who work there. As part of the Regional Connector project, Metro has permanently closed the Gold Line […]

Objects make stories come alive for families

From dolls to furniture, objects from the unjust incarceration of some 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II are present in collections across the United States. Nancy Ukai, writer and researcher of the Japanese American diaspora, is focusing on the intangible stories behind the objects. As part of the “50 Objects/Stories: The American […]

Mapo tofu 麻婆豆腐

The Japanese-style mapo tofu (mabo dofu) is incredibly flavorful, but less spicy than the Sichuan-style. This is a delicious meal that will be ready in 30 minutes that even children can enjoy! Mapo tofu (麻婆豆腐) is Mr. JOC’s all-time favorite dish, and it frequently makes it into my dinner menu rotation. Since it takes less […]

CSU faculty administrators at odds over ethnic studies requirement

California State University took another step Nov. 17 toward requiring students to take an ethnic studies class as part of their lower-division coursework, a move that would also have significant implications for the state’s 115 degree-granting community colleges. During the 23-campus system’s Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 17, the educational policy committee voted 9-2 to […]

‘Nor-Cal Rapist’ convicted of raping nine victims between 1991 and 2006

(Editor’s note: NBC News reported that Roy Waller largely targeted young Asian women.) A man known as the Nor-Cal Rapist was convicted Nov. 18 by a Sacramento County jury of raping nine people in at least six counties between 1991 and 2006, prosecutors said. Roy Waller, now 60, lived in Benicia and had worked for […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Tom Tsuji, a versatile Nisei percussionist

(Editor’s note: The following article was co-written with Jonathan Van Harmelen.) In a previous article from our ongoing series on Japanese American musicians, Jonathan Van Harmelen and I profiled the trailblazing role of the Issei xylophone virtuoso Yoichi Hiraoka within the world of percussion. While Hiraoka lived and performed in New York City during the […]

California elects 25-year-old lawmaker, youngest in 82 years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has elected its youngest state lawmaker in more than eight decades, elevating a 25-year-old progressive Democrat who already has years of legislative experience to the state Assembly. Alex Lee survived a crowded nine-candidate primary election in March, then trounced his Republican rival by winning 73% of the vote in a […]

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