Archives for September 2021

Veteran actor Clyde Kusatsu brings JA history to Netflix’s hit series ‘Never Have I Ever’

The racial consciousness of the “Me Too” movement and the current era of diversity, equity and inclusion has led to an explosion of movies and television shows that feature Asian Americans. It’s been building for awhile — the fuse was lit in 1994 with Margaret Cho’s one-season sitcom, “All-American Girl.” But the sparks that have […]

Third Culture Bakery donates thousands of safety kits to combat anti-Asian hate

In March, after a white gunman shot eight people, including six women of Asian descent in Atlanta, Berkeley, Calif.-based Third Culture Bakery co-owners Wenter Shyu and Sam Butarbutar started an initiative to donate thousands of safety kits to nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York to help combat anti-Asian hate. “We […]

Statement from the Topaz Museum Board

September 17, 2021 In April 1943, James Wakasa was shot and killed by a military guard as he walked his dog inside the fence of the Topaz concentration camp. The guard was found not guilty in a court-martial-trial. Topaz prisoners erected a stone monument to memorialize Mr. Wakasa but it was subsequently ordered removed by […]

For SFO’s ‘Fidelio’ director, the Beethoven opera is personal

Matthew Ozawa sees a vital beacon of hope for the downtrodden in the opera’s dramatic arc from oppression to liberation Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in San Francisco Classical Voice on Sept. 14, 2021. It is republished by permission. Long before he was born, Matthew Ozawa says there was a vital family connection with […]

OBITUARY: May S. Murata

May S. Murata May 1, 1928 – Sept. 9, 2021 MURATA, MAY passed away peacefully at home in Corte Madera, CA at the age of 93. May was best known as the owner of May’s Coffee Shop in San Francisco’s J-town. She is survived by her children: Carol Murata, Pearl (Farokh) Monemzadeh, Rachel Lamott, Clifford […]

Ethnically ambiguous

Sometimes it is hard to fully grasp that you have been living on an island until moments after you have left its gravitational pull. Last week, I watched as the place I will always consider home rapidly shrank in size as my plane lifted higher, the blue vastness of the ocean soon overtaking the views […]

SJ: Police conclude year-long investigation with arrests of three suspects for multiple robberies and hate crimes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A year-long multi-jurisdictional investigation involving a criminal team of robbers targeting victims of Asian descent has culminated with the arrest of three suspects, a San Jose police spokesperson announced the afternoon of Sept. 17. The San Jose Police Department’s robbery unit, with the assistance of the department’s covert response unit and […]

MUFG to sell most of American unit Union Bank to U.S. Bancorp

TOKYO ­— Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. said Sept. 21 it will sell most of its American banking unit MUFG Union Bank to U.S. Bancorp in a deal worth around $17.6 billion. MUFG Union Bank’s operations for corporate customers will be transferred to the major Japanese financial group and all of the bank’s shares will […]

JACS grant update and request for help

The Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant program (Public Law 109-441) was established to preserve and interpret the United States confinement sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II (WWII). The grants have helped to educate the public about how and why those confinement sites were established. As we approach the end of […]

Mixed Asian creators and stories on center stage

With the demographic of mixed and multiracial Asians growing, and the push to see ever-greater diversity and inclusion in the media, mixed Asians have finally begun making their way onto the screen. But in what way? As what kind of characters? All too often, the limited roles for mixed Asians have consisted of the pretty […]

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