Archives for June 2021

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The 2021 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

This month would have marked the 11th annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival … OK, maybe 10th, since last year’s event was canceled due to the raging worldwide pandemic. But since large gatherings still aren’t allowed as, despite having three COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S. we haven’t hit herd immunity […]

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: The importance of looking to the past to shape the future

Nothing makes my eyes glaze over more than the words: “When I was young…” I dislike going on trips of nostalgia through rose-tinted glasses, mostly because it sounds like an accusation heaved at my generation. And not only that, but it’s often unfounded. According to Steven Pinker’s “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: K.T. Takahashi: Transnational Japanese American writer

During the last years of the 19th century, Kazutomo (aka Kadzu Tomo) Takahashi settled in Montreal, Quebec, where he operated a book and magazine store. Although Takahashi’s career in Montreal spanned barely a decade, during that time he managed to establish himself as a pathbreaking Japanese American writer and publicist. He published in mainstream publications […]

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  — 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 Nagasato’s […]

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, […]