Archives for 2021

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Green onion or scallion?

In the 50th, we normally refer to the top of Allium chinense as green onions, though the rest of the United States refers to them as scallions. Their culinary preparations typically consist of using the white bottoms near the root, whereas in Hawai‘i, we primarily use the green tops. And while I normally try to […]

OBITUARY: Sally Sumiye Osaki

Sally Sumiye Osaki Sep. 18, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2021 OSAKI, SALLY SUMIYE passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2021. She was 88 years old. She was born the youngest of six siblings to Tadahiko and Chika Noda on a small farm outside Selma, California. Both her parents immigrated from Kumamoto, Japan, in the […]

10th annual Films of Remembrance to feature some old, new, and a bit of old school

Special presentation of 45th anniversary of “Farewell to Manzanar” at the drive-in to feature reunion of cast and crew, with partial proceeds benefitting Yu-Ai Kai senior service The 10th annual Films of Remembrance, a showcase of films commemorating the wartime forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans in American concentration camps during World War II, […]

Sansei artists emerge from ‘Shadows from the Past’

Bay Area artist Na Omi Judy Shintani remembers the day several years ago when her Nisei father walked up to a barrack just like the one that once housed him and his family at the Tule Lake, Calif. concentration camp, and in a fit of rage, literally started ripping the wooden boards off the walls […]

Japanese pasta with shrimp and asparagus 海老とアスパラガスの和風パスタ

Seasoned with soy sauce and flavorful dashi broth, this Japanese-style pasta with shrimp and asparagus is incredibly delicious and ready in less than 30 minutes! It’s also gluten-free! Today I’m going to share a super quick and easy Japanese pasta with shrimp and asparagus (海老とアスパラガス簡単和風パスタ) recipe. What’s Japanese Pasta? You might have heard of wafu […]

Health registry centers AAPIs

Asian and Pacific Islander community members from California gathered for an online presentation by the Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education the morning of Jan. 23.  CARE is a collaboration of multiple academic and community partners: the University of California, San Francisco, UC Davis Health, UC Irvine, National Asian Pacific […]

Corky Lee, known for photographing Asian America, dies at 73

Corky Lee, a photojournalist who spent five decades spotlighting the often ignored Asian and Pacific Islander American communities, has died. He was 73. Lee died Jan. 27 in New York City’s Queens borough of complications from COVID-19, his family said in a statement. “His passion was to rediscover, document and champion through his images the […]

Filmmaker seeks bone marrow donor after leukemia relapse

In 2016, Paul Goodman was diagnosed with leukemia. The 25-year-old Yonsei filmmaker had gone to the doctor to take some blood tests and was quickly ushered to the ER the next day to start chemotherapy. A year later, he was in remission. He had even made it to the four-year mark, meaning the chance of […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: In praise of the cook: Remembrance of Jack Shirai, A Nikkei antifascist fighter

(Editor’s note: The following article was co-written with Jonathan Van Harmelen.) Traditionally, discussion of the Nikkei combat experience starts with World War II and centers on the exploits of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, and the actions of individual veterans such as Sgt. Ben Kuroki or Frank Fujita. Yet one of […]

COVID-19 claims two in J-Sei Home

Following its Jan. 17 announcement of confirmed COVID-19 cases at J-Sei Home, an assisted living facility in Hayward, Calif., two residents have since died, according to Diane Wong, J-Sei’s executive director. According to Wong’s Jan. 31 e-mail statement, all of J-Sei Home’s staff and residents have tested negative and “sufficient time has passed allowing the […]

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