Archives for 2021

Kristi Yamaguchi’s program uniquely positioned to supplement COVID-era education

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Founded by the renown figure skating gold medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” champion, the organization helps underserved kindergartners develop good reading habits through their Always Reading Program. The program has been particularly busy during the pandemic, as many kids have had to attend […]

Activist, champion: Naomi Osaka is AP Female Athlete of Year

With tennis, like so much of the world, shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Naomi Osaka found herself with time to read and think. And while she won the U.S. Open for her third Grand Slam title, she also stood out for speaking out about racial injustice and police brutality. As noteworthy in 2020 […]

Sheltering-in-place in a senior residential facility

Retirees Kiyoshi and Tazuko Naito once led busy lives, visiting Japan twice a year, going on cruises, attending Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants games, visiting museums and dining in restaurants several times a month. However, the coronavirus pandemic has hampered the couple’s lifestyle, which Kiyoshi Naito, 86, described in an e-mail to the Nichi […]

Community and political activist Georgette Imura dies

She may have been diminutive, and lacked a college degree like many in the halls of the California State Capitol, but Georgette Imura nonetheless fought fearlessly for Asian Pacific American representation, mentoring hundreds along the way. In the end, only the dreaded disease of lung cancer would keep the Sansei community and political activist from […]

Judy Yung, who documented Angel Island history, dies

Judy Yung, an emerita professor of American studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz whose work helped to document the history of Asian immigration at the former Angel Island Immigration Station and Chinese and Chinese American women, died Dec. 14, 2020, the university Website noted. She was 74. Yung was the co-author with […]

For Asian American entertainment, 2020 marks a new beginning — but the beginning of what exactly?, part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in franchise entertainment — and AAPI franchises While movies and television have been steadily reorienting around multimedia franchises for a long time, this past decade marked a sort of point of no return, in which almost every major Hollywood release […]

Man accused of fatally striking women pleads not guilty

Family friends of a Japanese woman who suffered a fatal hit-and-run accident have launched an online fundraiser to support her family members, which as of Jan. 6 has raised close to $123,000 — more than double its $60,000 goal. On Dec. 31, Hanako Abe was crossing the street in San Francisco’s SOMA district, when she […]

Miso Salmon 味噌サーモン

Marinated in a sweet and savory miso sauce, this Miso Salmon recipe makes a delicious weeknight meal. Enjoy it with Japanese ginger rice! We eat seafood often at home as my family loves all the different types of fish and goodies the ocean has to offer. Among seafood, if I have to pick a favorite […]

How the Asian Pacific Environment Network built trust through decades of organizing

A few years ago, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), a Bay Area environmental justice organization focusing on Asian immigrant and refugee communities, set aside 20 percent of staff time to address emergency situations. That paid off when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Network staff launched an information campaign, calling members to disseminate accurate information and […]

Ferry service to Angel Island from SF may end due to declining sales

Blue and Gold Fleet service from San Francisco to Angel Island may end due to declining sales, a company spokeswoman said Dec. 18. In September, the company filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission to discontinue service, raising concerns at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, which aims to make people more aware […]

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