Archives for March 2021

EXPLAINER: Why Georgia attack spurs fears in Asian Americans

CHICAGO — The shootings at three Georgia massage parlors and spas that left eight people dead March 16, six of them women of Asian descent, come on the heels of a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans since the coronavirus first entered the United States. As details emerge, many members of the Asian American […]

Police unresponsive, say Asian American victims of hate crimes

On Feb. 25 evening, a man scaled the wall of the 117-year-old Higashi Honganji Buddist Temple temple in Los Angeles County’s ‘Little Tokyo’ neighborhood and set fire to two wooden lanterns at the entrance to the temple, then knocked two metal lanterns off their stands, and finally threw a rock that shattered a plate glass […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: ‘Diet for a Small Planet’

Frances Moore Lappe’s groundbreaking book, “Diet for a Small Planet,” is now 50 years old. It argued that world hunger was not caused by lack of food, but by lack of effective food policy. And while I’m not vegan or even vegetarian by any means, I agree that raising animals just for consumption expends a […]

Keizo Norimoto, Buddhist minister, author, and former Hokubei Mainichi CEO, dies

Keizo Norimoto, also known under the pen name Ippei Nomoto, passed peacefully surrounded by family at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2021. He was a husband, father, minister, writer, artist, educator and student. He was 88.Born in Maesawa, Iwate Prefecture, on July 7, 1932, he was the child of Sokushin and Yuriko Norimoto of the […]

Harvard prof. ignites uproar over ‘comfort women’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard University professor has ignited an international uproar and faces mounting scrutiny for alleging that Korean women who were kept as sex slaves in wartime Japan had actually chosen to work as prostitutes. In a recent academic paper, J. Mark Ramseyer rejected a wide body of research finding that Japan’s […]

Japan court says same-sex marriage should be allowed

TOKYO — A Japanese court for the first time ruled March 17 that same-sex marriage should be allowed under the country’s constitution, a moral victory that does not have any immediate legal consequence but could bolster efforts for legalization. The Sapporo District Court said sexuality, like race and gender, is not a matter of individual […]

Suspect faces hate crime, assault charges in attack on woman at train station

A San Francisco man suspected of attacking a woman and calling her ethnic slurs at a San Jose train station in early March was set to be arraigned March 12 in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The 26-year-old woman, who is of Asian descent, was waiting for a morning commuter train at Diridon Station about […]

California ethnic studies debate: Whose stories get told?

Race and ethnicity can be tricky topics to discuss, especially in the classroom. But the California Department of Education had no idea how heated the debate would get when it set out to draft a model ethnic studies curriculum for high schools statewide. The process took over two years, multiple versions, and drew nearly 100,000 […]

OBITUARY: Fumie Jane Hara Wong

Fumie Jane Hara Wong Oct. 15, 1925 – Feb. 4, 2021 HARA WONG, FUMIE JANE, 95, entered into the spiritual world peacefully on Feb. 4, 2021 in San Francisco, Calif. She was born on Oct. 15, 1925 in Lincoln, Calif. She had seven brothers and one older sister. Her parents Tonakichi and Toyo Hara came […]

OBITUARY: Elinor Atsuko Hiro

Elinor Atsuko Hiro May 12, 1936 – March 5, 2021 HIRO, ELINOR ATSUKO (May 12, 1936 – March 5, 2021) passed away peacefully at home in San Leandro. She is survived by her husband Paul, sons Kevin (Rose), Randall (Roberta), Sean, Chris (Maria), six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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