Archives for 2021

An interview with ‘City of Ghosts’ Yonsei creator Elizabeth Ito

Editor’s Note: The piece was originally published by, a project of the Japanese American National Museum. A maneki neko statue keeps moving mysteriously around a “sort of” Japanese restaurant in Boyle Heights. A music teacher keeps hearing some drumming in Leimert Park, with no visible drummer. A team of kid detectives roams Los Angeles, […]

Huff no more: Mountain View Whisman board renames school after Amy Imai

Name change has been in the works since the racist views of Huff’s namesake came to light   MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The Mountain View Whisman School District is dropping Huff Elementary School’s namesake after the school board voted unanimously last week to rename the school after Amy Imai, a Japanese American woman with strong […]

Push for K-12 Asian American studies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When the Asian American Student Union at a Connecticut high school organized a Zoom call following the killing of six Asian women in Atlanta, senior Lily Feng thought maybe 10 or 15 classmates would attend. When she logged on, more than 50 people from her school were online. By the call’s end, […]

U.S.-based soccer player Yokoyama comes out as transgender

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese forward Kumi Yokoyama, who plays for the Washington Spirit in the U.S.-based National Women’s Soccer League, has come out as transgender in a YouTube video. “In the future, I want to quit soccer and live as a man,” the 27-year-old said in a 19-minute video published on fellow Japanese player Yuki […]

Man who stabbed Asian American charged with attempted murder

A man arrested after he allegedly stabbed a 94-year-old Asian American woman in San Francisco in an unprovoked attack has been charged with attempted murder, the city’s top prosecutor announced June 18. Daniel Cauich, 35, was also charged with battery causing serious bodily injury and elder abuse, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said. Cauich’s […]

Justices defer Harvard case on race in college admissions

WASHINGTON — With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue — whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The justices on June 14 put off a decision about whether they will hear an appeal claiming that Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants, […]

Man arrested for allegedly grabbing teenage girl

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Redwood City police arrested a 35-year-old man last week for allegedly grabbing a teenage girl in a coffee shop, the Redwood City Police Department said June 21. Officers responded around 6:45 p.m. June 18 to the Teaspoon coffee, tea and dessert bar at 2361 Broadway after receiving reports that the man, […]

OBITUARY: Dorothy Yuki

Dorothy Yuki YUKI, DOROTHY was born in Watsonville, California. In 1942, Dorothy’s family was sent to the Salinas Assembly Center and later to Poston 1 Japanese internment camp. After camp, Dorothy finished her senior year at Watsonville. She went to San Francisco where she married her husband. The couple settled in Redwood City and had […]

Sanpeijiru (Japanese salmon soup) 三平汁

A popular soup from Hokkaido, Sanpeijiru features salted salmon and root vegetables and is cooked in konbu dashi broth. You’ll enjoy this delicate and tasty soup on a cold day! If you’ve had a chance to visit the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido (北海道), have you tried the popular regional salmon soup called Sanpeijiru (三平汁)? […]

Japanese joy

Japanese joy. When offered these words separately, Japanese and Japanese Americans understand them, but presented together — as they were at the recent virtual event entitled “The Story Circle of the Japanese Diaspora” — the concept generates a question in the minds of many Nikkei: “What is that?” “I thought it was strange to hear […]

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