Archives for 2022

Topaz survivors, descendants rankled by Topaz Museum Board’s outreach efforts

  While the Topaz Museum board and its supporters would love nothing more than to move forward after a haphazard excavation of what some consider one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in Japanese American history, a vocal contingent of activists, academics and survivors are continuing to demand an ongoing dialogue on their terms. The […]

Honey Sesame Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki Noodles with Honey Sesame Dressing is a cold and refreshing dish. Top the noodles with shredded egg crepe chicken and cucumber. It’s a perfect guilt-free summer noodle that is low in calories. It’s gluten-free, too! We spend our summer in Japan with my family. In case you weren’t aware, the heat during Japanese summers […]

New Nikkei head of Legal Services for Children hopes to help families in need

Working with youth has always been a priority for Cathy Sakimura, a Sansei lawyer from Hawai‘i. In her new position as executive director of Legal Services for Children, she leads the San Francisco-based nonprofit, which represents children and families with children, ensuring their access to education and stable living situations. The center also represents clients […]

OBITUARY: David Fujio Asano

David Fujio Asano Nov. 11, 1932 — July 18, 2022 ASANO, DAVID FUJIO, 89, of Sonoma, Calif., passed away on July 18, 2022, after suffering a stroke. Born in San Francisco, Calif. on November 11, 1932, the son of Kohei and Michiye Asano, nephew of Shichinosuke and Naka Asano. He is survived by his wife, […]

Survey polls Asian American voters on economy, gun control, education, vote choice and more

WASHINGTON — Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, AAPI Data and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC released their biannual report measuring Asian American sentiment and attitudes on the issues “top of mind” in the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections, the organizations said in a statement July 25. The organizations surveyed 1,610 registered Asian American […]

Sudden arena idea angers, unnerves Philadelphia’s Chinatown

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wei Chen wants people who visit Philadelphia’s Chinatown to look through the community’s gateway arch and see the residents chatting in Mandarin on the steps to the apartments above or the vendors selling traditional Chinese food to families walking by, not a giant Philadelphia 76ers arena a block away. “These apartments are […]

Asian Americans call for multiracial solidarity at first-ever unity march

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Approximately 15,000 people gathered June 25 at the National Mall here for the first-ever Unity March, organized to draw attention to the dramatic spike in hate crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community. The enthusiastic young crowds gathered against the backdrop of the Capitol Building in the sweltering humidity of a […]

More than miso soup

JAPANESE SOUPS: 66 NOURISHING BROTHS, STEWS AND HOTPOTS By Keiko Iwasaki (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2021, 128 pp., $16.99, hard cover) When asked to name or identify a Japanese soup, you’ll probably think of miso, but can you think of many more? In her book, “Japanese Soups,” Keiko Iwasaki shares 66 different soups, all […]

‘Brilliant’ work relies on oral histories of JA hibakusha

AMERICAN SURVIVORS: TRANS-PACIFIC MEMORIES OF HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI By Naoko Wake (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2021, 408 pp., $29.95, hard cover) In 1974, Betty Mitson and I co-edited a modest and virtually self-published and crudely fabricated book titled “Voices Long Silent: An Oral Inquiry into the Japanese American Evacuation.” It was conceived and developed […]

Bento-making 101

Ultimate Bento: Healthy, Delicious and Affordable 85 Mix-and-Match Bento Box Recipes By Marc Matsumoto and Maki Ogawa (North Clarendon, Vt: Tuttle Publishing, 2020, 168 pp., $19.99, hard cover) As a mother who currently has to make lunch five days a week for a child, I saw the cover of this book and was immediately ready […]

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