Archives for February 2021

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: In praise of the cook: Remembrance of Jack Shirai, A Nikkei antifascist fighter

(Editor’s note: The following article was co-written with Jonathan Van Harmelen.) Traditionally, discussion of the Nikkei combat experience starts with World War II and centers on the exploits of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, and the actions of individual veterans such as Sgt. Ben Kuroki or Frank Fujita. Yet one of […]

COVID-19 claims two in J-Sei Home

Following its Jan. 17 announcement of confirmed COVID-19 cases at J-Sei Home, an assisted living facility in Hayward, Calif., two residents have since died, according to Diane Wong, J-Sei’s executive director. According to Wong’s Jan. 31 e-mail statement, all of J-Sei Home’s staff and residents have tested negative and “sufficient time has passed allowing the […]

Woman’s body found along San Mateo County Coast

A woman’s body was found the morning of Jan. 23 at a San Mateo County beach south of Half Moon Bay, the sheriff’s office said. The body, described as an Asian woman, was discovered about 9 a.m. at Tunitas Creek Beach, located along a stretch of coastline between Half Moon Bay and Pescadero. The San […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: How a small bird can become your teacher

私 (Watakushi) means “I, myself.” The left side of this word represents a rice plant and the right side represents arms. As one character, it shows a person holding lots of rice with both their arms. å…ˆ (Sen, saki) means “before or after.” The top of this word indicates a person’s foot and the portion […]

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