Archives for July 2021

Book on Heart Mountain football team achieves brilliance

THE EAGLES OF HEART MOUNTAIN: A TRUE STORY OF FOOTBALL, INCARCERATION, AND RESISTANCE IN WORLD WAR II AMERICA By Bradford Pearson (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2021, 400 pp., $28, hard cover) For a number of years I have been working on a sports and society book treating the social and cultural transformation of Southern California in the early Cold War period through the lens of prep football as epitomized by a Dec. 14, 1956, California Interscholastic Federation championship game between Downey High School […]

Morikawa wins British Open for 2nd major

SANDWICH, England — Collin Morikawa was making one of the most satisfying walks in golf, down the 18th fairway as a soon-to-be British Open champion, when he looked up at the huge grandstand surrounding the green. It was filled with spectators, who firstly were applauding and soon giving a standing ovation to a 24-year-old American […]

Lawmaker announces $26.5 million in state funding for new arts center in S.F. Chinatown

Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, on July 15 announced he was able to secure $26.5 million in state funding for a new arts and media center in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood. Ting, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, said the new center, to be called Edge on the Square, would be a destination for visitors […]

OBITUARY: Chuzo Harada

Chuzo Harada May 13, 1931 – June 26, 2021 HARADA, CHUZO peacefully passed away surrounded by family on Saturday June 26 at the age of 90, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was a gentle and caring person. Chuzo grew up in Kure-shi, Japan. In the 1960’s he moved to the bay area to […]

Coaxing out stories from people of color

Shizue Seigel called upon writers and artists to reflect on the current realities of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under last year’s shelter-at-home orders and unprecedented social unrest, 130 Black, indigenous and other people of color contributors lent their voices to “Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color,” which was released June 30.  […]

Asian man pistol-whipped, robbed in San Francisco Bay Area

OAKLAND, Calif.  — An armed robber in the San Francisco Bay Area pistol-whipped an Asian man and a person who tried to intervene in what police described July 16 as a “brazen” attack in broad daylight. The man was standing on a corner of Oakland’s Chinatown on July 15 when two men walked up and […]

OBITUARY: Chris Shinya Tomine

Chris Shinya Tomine March 15, 1944 – June 10, 2021 TOMINE, CHRIS SHINYA passed away on June 10, 2021. Chris was born March 15th, 1944 at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in Northern California. He grew up in Alameda, California, attending elementary and high school there, with fond memories of playing at McKinley Park, across […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: That mornin’ cuppa Joe

There’s one beverage I consume almost every morning. No, it’s not a glass of Champagne, wine or even a Negroni, as someone still pays me to show up 40 hours a week, and the consumption of any alcoholic beverage is seriously frowned upon. It’s that brewed beverage that was first consumed as we know it […]

A digestible telling of familiar snippets of JA WWII history

FACING THE MOUNTAIN: A TRUE STORY OF JAPANESE AMERICAN HEROES IN WORLD WAR II By Daniel James Brown (New York: Viking Books, 2021, 560 pp., $30, hard cover)  Daniel James Brown’s “Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II” recounts the narrative of the Japanese American wartime experience by focusing on the individual histories of Gordon Hirabayashi, Katsugo “Kats” Miho, Fred Shiosaki and Rudy Tokiwa. Hirabayashi famously contested Executive Order 9066 in the courts, […]

Tokyo COVID infections at six-month high two days before start of Olympics

TOKYO — Tokyo’s coronavirus infections have surged to a six-month high with the Olympic host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games open. Tokyo is currently under its fourth state of emergency, which will last until Aug. 22, covering the entire duration of the Olympics that start July 23 and end […]

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