Archives for 2020

THE HEART OF KANJI: Peace of the world

世 (Se) means “generations.” This character represents a trio of the character 十 or (10). 界 (Kai) means “world.” The top lines represent a rice field. The symbol in the center is a person and the bottom lines are divider lines. 平 (Hei) means “flat, calm.” The top line represents the sky and the bottom […]

Learning to adapt for preschools in the era of COVID

Schools across the nation closed in March due to the coronavirus outbreak. Many, including those in the San Francisco Bay Area, continue to conduct classes remotely. Remote learning, however, is a challenge, especially for the youngest students. Several preschools have adapted to reopen during the pandemic in their own ways, while maintaining their core Nikkei […]

Japanese American cookbooks as primary sources

I received my first cookbook from my Sansei mentor. “Asian Cookbook” had a sumi-e painting of winter matsutake (pine mushroom) and ripe fuyu persimmons on its cover, a chunky plastic comb binding, and ran an astonishing 429 pages. It was sold as a fundraiser for the Japanese American Services of the East Bay sometime in […]

Kim Ng joins Miami Marlins as MLB’s first woman general manager

She is also the second person of Asian descent to lead a Major League team MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have pledged to build as diverse an organization as possible. On Nov. 13, they made history by announcing Kim Ng as their new general manager. Ng is the first woman to become an MLB general […]

Morita named to Biden COVID-19 Advisory Board

WASHINGTON — Dr. Julie Morita, the executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former health commissioner for the City of Chicago, has been named to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, the Biden-Harris Transition said in a statement Nov. 9. This is a team of “leading public health experts” who will advise […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: The gift of family history

The holiday season is practically upon us. Have you wondered what unique gifts you might give your extended family? What about a gift of family history? Perhaps you’ve been researching your family for months, or even years. You know that there is always another record to find, another tidbit to uncover. And you might feel […]

Tasty treats for the holidays

Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tightened restrictions to various industries, including restaurants. This holiday season, consider supporting a Japanese or Japanese American mom-and-pop restaurant by purchasing a gift card or two. The following restaurants sell gift cards both in-person and online. San Francisco’s Japantown On the Bridge, […]

Voters of color restored democracy in America in 2020 presidential election

In a country that is polarized and hurt by COVID-19 and a divisive leadership, a massive turnout of voters resulted in a close election where Democrat Joe Biden was pushed across the finish line by large majorities of voters of color. On Nov. 7, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were the projected winners of the […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Thanksgiving for one … or two

Now that we’re entering the traditional holiday season and you-know-what is still out there, there are several avenues we can take to return to some semblance of normalcy. We can throw caution to the wind and go out in public to congregate with those large groups of friends and family that we haven’t seen since […]

Asian Americans hope for more inclusive society under Biden

TOKYO — With U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly calling the novel coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” many Asian Americans have been exposed to adverse experiences because of their race or ethnicity. But now that Democrat Joe Biden has beaten the Republican president in the Nov. 3 White House election, they are hoping the incoming administration will […]

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