Archives for April 2021

A gathering place for the Nikkei community in Canada

The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre’s origins date back to the Japanese Canadian redress movement. Originally named the National Nikkei Heritage Centre, it was created to be “a place where the community could … gather, be open for all and for greater society to engage with Japanese Canadians to understand and learn more about […]

Kimiko Side, 98, is Colorado’s queen of Japanese crafts

DENVER — Kimiko Side is a teacher and artist who’s leaving a huge cultural legacy for anyone in Denver who loves Japanese crafts. When she turned a spry 98-years-young last year, she was still driving herself to Pacific Mercantile, the Japanese supermarket in downtown Denver’s Sakura Square. For decades until the COVID-19 pandemic, she also […]

TAYLOR TAKAHASHI’S GOT GAME: JA goes from assistant to romantic lead

In the basketball movie, “Boogie,” the behind-the-scenes story of how Yonsei Taylor Takahashi goes from a personal assistant to a movie star — with zero acting experience and only three weeks to prepare — is just as interesting as the movie itself. Takahashi, a Bay Area native and basketball star at Alameda High, eventually becomes interested […]

S.F. J-Town restaurateur, performer Shogo Yamada dies

Shogo Yamada, a restaurateur who was also known for his love of singing, passed away March 26 after having been ill. He was 76. Yamada was first the owner of the Izumiya restaurant in the Kinokuniya Building in San Francisco’s Japantown. Combining his two passions, he opened YamaSho in 2010, a restaurant with private karaoke […]

Farmworkers fight shaped Calif. attorney general nominee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In 1977, Cynthia Bonta was among 3,000 people who locked arms and tried in vain to prevent 400 riot police from evicting the mostly Asian tenants of a hotel near San Francisco’s Financial District so developers could build a parking garage. More than four decades later, her son Rob Bonta stood near […]

Nobuko Miyamoto releases new double album, ‘120,000 Stories’

On the first track of Nobuko Miyamoto’s brand new double album, “120,000 Stories,” the long-time musician and community activist sings these words from her Asian American Movement song, “We are the Children”: “Sing a song for ourselves. What have we got to lose?” After 50 years of using the arts to create social change and […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Writing your family history (part 2): Adding context to your story

Where were your ancestors during the 1906 earthquake and fire? Last November, I wrote about the “Gift of Family History.” In that article, I explained that “writing your family history is a way to give your ancestors a voice. Use documents, photographs, and family heirlooms to create the framework from which you bring your ancestors […]

Caring for people with dementia

Note: In the Nichi Bei Weekly’s Dec. 17, 2020 issue, Dr. Christine Nguyen’s article featured June Yasuhara’s experience caring for her parents, both of whom have dementia. Yasuhara said she thinks dementia is poorly understood, adding, “Not a lot of Asians share about it, and that’s what I’m trying to figure out. Is there still […]

Asian Americans seek greater political power after shootings

WASHINGTON — Speaking on the floor of the Georgia state Senate recently, Michelle Au implored her colleagues to “stand up” to the hatred aimed at Asian Americans that’s increased during the pandemic. A day later, a gunman shook the Atlanta area by killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent. For Au, who joined […]

S.F. school board votes to remove Collins as VP in wake of 2016 tweets that demeaned Asian Americans

The San Francisco Board of Education on March 25 in a vote of no confidence agreed to remove Commissioner Alison Collins from her role as vice president of the board a week after derogatory Twitter comments she made about Asian Americans resurfaced. During a special board meeting, commissioners voted 5-2 on the resolution to remove […]

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