Archives for December 2021

East Bay senior center pioneers look back at roots

Continuing J-Sei’s celebration of its 50th anniversary, the organization held its “Cultivating Communities: Legacy of Centers in the East Bay” virtual event Oct. 21 to discuss the history of the Nikkei senior centers that originated from students organizing at the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. Kevin Toyama, a J-Sei board member, moderated the discussion […]

Kenji Akahoshi on his retirement as a Buddhist minister and why gratitude plays an important role in his life

The Shin Buddhist minister preaches gratitude even as he leaves his post as a minister at the Buddhist Temple of San Diego Editor’s Note: The following article originally appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune. Kenji Akahoshi had been thinking about becoming a minister most of his life. But it was never the right time. He […]

Yamato Flight Kitchen closing after 75 years

BURLINGAME, Calif. — Yamato Flight Kitchen will close Dec. 31 after 75 years of service, its Website states. The business “specializes in catering to the airlines,” and tried to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic with online orders, according to owner Eddie Ishizaki. Online and local meal service will stop Christmas Day, the Website states. […]

Giant Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters set afire

Editor’s Note: Multiple news outlets have identified the accused as Craig Tamanaha, 49. NEW YORK — A man was charged with arson and other crimes Dec. 8 for setting fire to a 50-foot (15-meter) Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan, police said. The artificial tree outside of the News Corp. […]

SJ: 6 arrested, charged with hate crimes for thefts targeting people of Asian descent

SAN JOSE — San Jose police on Dec. 15 announced the arrest of six men who allegedly committed dozens of robberies, burglaries and thefts since last year, including many that targeted people of Asian descent. The suspects have been charged for more than 70 cases that occurred between October 2020 and this September, and hate […]

U.S. destroyer named after Sen. Daniel Inouye commissioned in Hawai‘i

HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy commissioned Dec. 8 a new guided missile destroyer named Daniel Inouye in honor of the late U.S. Senator at a ceremony in Hawai‘i. The first U.S. Navy vessel named after an American of Japanese ancestry will have its homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham. Inouye, the first Japanese American member […]

The shadow pandemic: Teen suicides and depression rates spike, with few resources for help

Teen suicide and depression rates amid the pandemic are as alarming as deaths from Covid-19, but few mental health resources are available to address this shadow pandemic, especially within communities of color. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Asian American children between the ages of 15 and 24. Black children between the ages […]

Masayuki Uemura, creator of NES, SNES game consoles, dies at 78

KYOTO  — Masayuki Uemura, lead architect for the breakthrough Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super NES, and a visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University, has died, the university said Dec. 9. He was 78. After joining Nintendo Co. in 1971, Uemura was in charge of developing the NES and its successor the SNES. Both consoles, known […]

OBITUARY: Isamu Sam Nao

Isamu Sam Nao Aug. 29, 1928 – Nov. 21, 2021 NAO, ISAMU SAM, the last Nisei Nao, passed away on November 21, 2021 in San Francisco. Sam, as he preferred to be called, was born on August 29, 1928 in San Francisco to Senri and Yoshino Nao. The youngest of eight children, Sam enjoyed all […]

LA film critics pick ‘Drive My Car’ as year’s best

LOS ANGELES — It was a showdown between Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” and Jane Campion’s “ The Power of the Dog ” for members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, but the group managed to give top honors to both on Dec. 19. The Japanese film “Drive My Car” was named best picture […]

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