Archives for 2021

A new relationship: Yakama Nation acquires Inaba Produce Farms near Wapato

WAPATO — The close relationship between the Yakama Nation and the Inaba family took another step this week, as tribal leaders announced their purchase of Inaba Produce Farms. The farm, located southwest of Wapato on the Yakama reservation, is a third-generation family farm operated by siblings Lon, Wayne, Norm, Diane and their mother, Shiz. The […]

Oakland: Police seek out person with phone video footage of fatal shooting of security office

As Oakland police officers continue to investigate the fatal Nov. 24 shooting of a KRON 4 security officer, investigators believe a person has video footage of the incident on their cell phone and would like to speak with them, the Oakland Police Department announced on Dec. 1.  On Nov. 24, security guard Kevin Nishita was […]

Robert Rusky, member of Korematsu legal team and community advocate, dies

Robert Rusky, a member of Fred Korematsu’s coram nobis legal team that helped to overturn his wartime conviction four decades after his incarceration, died Nov. 22, 2021 after a bout with cancer. He was 78. The San Francisco resident was remembered as a “tireless and uncompromising advocate for civil rights who over the years never […]

Report from Topaz

On November 30 and December 1, 2021, an expert National Park Service team was in Delta, Utah at the invitation of the Topaz Museum to conduct a condition evaluation of the Wakasa monument and site. This is a report of that evaluation and concurrent ceremonies conducted by the Wakasa Memorial Committee (WMC), as seen through the […]

S.J.: Attorney General Rob Bonta joins San Jose leaders to discuss and combat rising level of hate crimes

General Attorney Rob Bonta made a stop in San Jose on Nov. 10 as part of his tour through the state’s 13 largest cities to better understand and combat California’s growing number of hate crimes.  From 2019 to 2020, hate crimes across the state increased by 31 percent and in San Jose they grew by […]

Love and compassion

 As I read about the circumstances about the unearthing of the Wakasa monument, I am saddened by some of the inflammatory language of the past four months surrounding the event and the innuendo demeaning the character of Jane Beckwith and the Topaz Museum Board. For nearly four decades, these are individuals who have been the […]

Some parents skeptical of S.F. recall effort

As three San Francisco Unified school board members face a recall election in February, some parents fear that it could mean a halt to the progress that’s been made to expand opportunities for marginalized students. In a story published Nov. 22, KQED spoke with Black and Latino parents who felt as though their voices have […]

OBITUARY: Nobu Fukuda

Nobu Fukuda July 21, 1933 – Oct 23, 2021 FUKUDA, NOBU passed away peacefully in San Francisco on October 23, 2021 at the age of 88 years. She leaves her son, Takashi Fukuda (wife, Ana de Arce) and her daughter, Dr. Yasuko Fukuda (husband, Peter Chuck) who love her with all their hearts. She is […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Lucile Colyer’s account of WWII’s impact on her Nikkei friends

In a “Great Unknown” column earlier this year, I spoke about Sam Constantino Jr.’s 1946 novel “Tale of the Twain.” The book is a complex narrative that takes place in both Japan and the United States. It includes a section, set on the prewar West Coast, that portrays the condition of Issei and Nisei as seen […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Our heart is invisible but has great value

見 (Me) means “to see or look.” This character represents the human eye.  心 (Kokoro) means “heart,” and looks like an anatomical human heart.  価値 (Kachi) means ”value.” The left side of the first character represents a person and the right side represents treasures in a box. The right side of the second character represents […]

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