Archives for 2020

Court upholds DOD finding that Okinawa air base won’t harm endangered dugong

A federal appeals court in San Francisco on May 6 upheld a U.S. Department of Defense finding that construction of a Marine Corps airbase on the Japanese island of Okinawa would not harm the dugong, an endangered sea mammal revered by the Okinawan people. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a lawsuit […]

Docuseries offers fresh look at Asian American experience

“Asian Americans,” a five-hour film series chronicling the contributions and challenges of the fastest-growing ethnic group in America, is being shown this month on PBS during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Personal histories and new academic research cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it. Renee Tajima-Peña, […]

Cameron Iwasa perseveres and scores with hometown team

Cameron Iwasa never thought he would be playing professional soccer. The Sacramento Republic FC forward thought he would simply play the sport at the University of California, Irvine while pursuing his degree in business economics, which he plans to obtain this summer. But upon seeing some of his college teammates getting a chance to play […]

Alumni physician sisters battle COVID-19 in three cities

The Kagihara sisters — Jamie ’04, Jodi ’06 and Jaclyn ’08 – are physicians fighting COVID-19. Jamie is a pulmonary critical care intensivist at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. Jodi is a hematology/oncology fellow at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver, and Jaclyn is chief medical resident at The Queen’s Medical […]

THROUGH YONSEI EYES: Life as I knew it

They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. You don’t know you’re riding a high until you come crashing down.  I always knew my JET (Japan Exchange Teaching) Program experience would be temporary. I had decided in winter of 2019 not to renew my contract and return home in August 2020. It […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The new normal?

Even with some states judiciously re-opening for limited business, I don’t think we are ever getting back to the previous “normal,” at least not until next year, if at all. Of course, there are some states that seem to be recklessly re-opening at all costs, placing the economy squarely above public health. So, for this […]

Asian Americans have disproportionately high mortality rate from COVID-19 in California

Asian Americans account for 52 percent of the deaths from COVID-19 in San Francisco, according to a new research brief released May 11 by the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) at the University of California San Francisco’s School of Medicine. San Francisco has 1,754 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 31 deaths; 16 Asian Americans […]

OBITUARY: Nancy Nobuko Inouye

Nancy Nobuko Inouye July 19, 1933 – March 19, 2020 INOUYE, NANCY NOBUKO passed away peacefully at age 86 on March 19, 2020 in Fresno, CA. She privately and bravely fought her illness with leukemia for over three years without much burden to others of her constant pain. Born July 19, 1933 and lived most […]

Renaissance Journalism awards $185K to news orgs for COVID-19 coverage

Renaissance Journalism has awarded $185,000 to 20 “nonprofit community, ethnic and university news organizations that are covering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the San Francisco Bay Area,” it announced. The project aims “to provide emergency funding relief to a select group of nonprofit news organizations that, at great risk to their own journalists, […]

In the midst of the global pandemic, waiting game continues for Bay Area J-Towns

Two historic ethnic enclaves in the Greater Bay Area are among the communities that began May having learned that they must endure another month of shelter-in-place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Since temporarily shuttering most businesses March 17, only a few essential businesses, mostly restaurants, continue to operate in San Francisco and San Jose’s Japantowns […]

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