Archives for 2021

OBITUARY: Kevin E. Nagata

Kevin E. Nagata April 5, 1959 – Jan. 3, 2021 After a valiant four-year battle with cancer, NAGATA, KEVIN passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 3, 2021 after watching his Warriors win their game earlier in the evening. Kevin was born in Fowler to Tom and Jane Nagata.  After graduating from […]

VP Harris: A new chapter opens in U.S. politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Jan. 20 that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation’s second-highest office. Harris was sworn in as the first female U.S. vice president — and the first Black woman […]

NJ Rep. Kim helps clean up Capitol after riot

Water bottles, clothing, Trump flags, even a U.S. flag littered the ground inside the U.S. Capitol after a mob backing President Donald Trump ransacked the building. New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim walked amid the mess shortly after voting to certify Joe Biden’s victory over Trump — and felt the weight of the day wearing on […]

Supe, Japantown leaders call for vandalized cherry blossom trees to be replaced

A week after cherry blossom trees in San Francisco’s Japantown were found vandalized, Supervisor Dean Preston and leaders from the city’s Japanese community on Jan. 12 called for the trees to be replaced. On Jan. 5, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California took to Facebook to report that two trees outside their […]

Racism targets Asian food, business during COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus spread throughout the U.S., bigotry toward Asian Americans was not far behind, fueled by the news that COVID-19 first appeared in China. Some initial evidence suggested the virus began in bats, which infected another animal that may have spread it to people at one of Wuhan, China’s “wet markets.” Such markets sell […]

Kristi Yamaguchi’s program uniquely positioned to supplement COVID-era education

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Founded by the renown figure skating gold medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” champion, the organization helps underserved kindergartners develop good reading habits through their Always Reading Program. The program has been particularly busy during the pandemic, as many kids have had to attend […]

Activist, champion: Naomi Osaka is AP Female Athlete of Year

With tennis, like so much of the world, shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Naomi Osaka found herself with time to read and think. And while she won the U.S. Open for her third Grand Slam title, she also stood out for speaking out about racial injustice and police brutality. As noteworthy in 2020 […]

Sheltering-in-place in a senior residential facility

Retirees Kiyoshi and Tazuko Naito once led busy lives, visiting Japan twice a year, going on cruises, attending Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants games, visiting museums and dining in restaurants several times a month. However, the coronavirus pandemic has hampered the couple’s lifestyle, which Kiyoshi Naito, 86, described in an e-mail to the Nichi […]

Community and political activist Georgette Imura dies

She may have been diminutive, and lacked a college degree like many in the halls of the California State Capitol, but Georgette Imura nonetheless fought fearlessly for Asian Pacific American representation, mentoring hundreds along the way. In the end, only the dreaded disease of lung cancer would keep the Sansei community and political activist from […]

Judy Yung, who documented Angel Island history, dies

Judy Yung, an emerita professor of American studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz whose work helped to document the history of Asian immigration at the former Angel Island Immigration Station and Chinese and Chinese American women, died Dec. 14, 2020, the university Website noted. She was 74. Yung was the co-author with […]

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