Archives for January 2022

OBITUARY: Yoshi Ushijima

USHIJIMA, YOSHI passed away peacefully at her home in San Leandro on December 23, 2021, at the age of 91 yrs with her son Glenn at her side. Yoshi was born in Fukuoka-ken, Japan. She married Sadato Ushijima in 1956. They moved to San Francisco, Ca, eventually residing in their San Leandro home since 1964. […]

OBITUARY: Kiyoko Kay (Taguma) Hashimoto

HASHIMOTO, KIYOKO KAY (TAGUMA), passed away peacefully at her home in West Sacramento, Calif. on Dec. 24, 2021. She was 100. A loving individual with a lifelong dedication to caring for family, she was the eldest & last remaining of seven siblings. As the matriarch of the Taguma family, known affectionately as “Aunty Kay,” her […]

OBITUARY: Hanae June Watanabe

Hanae June Watanabe June 9, 1923 – Dec. 29, 2021 WATANABE, HANAE JUNE, age 98 passed away on Dec. 29, 2021. She was born on June 9, 1923 in Stockton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Matsujiro and Haruye Kato; her husband of 41 years, Yutaka Watanabe; brothers Masanori Kato, Masao Kato, Masayoshi […]

Southern California Flower Growers’ real estate project approved

LOS ANGELES — A redevelopment project of the Southern California Flower Growers Inc. that would include a high-rise residential tower with multi-family housing units, overcame a legal challenge by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and was approved Dec. 3 by the Los Angeles City Council, announced SCFG Manager Scott Yamabe. “It feels wonderful, it’s been six […]

A classroom favorite and must-have for families

Hello Maggie! Revised 2nd Edition By Shigeru Yabu, illustrated by Willie Ito (Camarillo, Calif.: Yabitoon Books, 2021, 42 pp., $19.95, paperback) “Hello Maggie!” is the true childhood story of author Shig Yabu and his best friend, a magpie named Maggie. It is also a chronicle of Shig and his family’s forced removal from their life […]

New exhibit at Angel Island features WWII experiences of Japanese immigrants incarcerated by the Department of Justice

Angel Island State Park and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation recently opened a new permanent exhibit in the World War II mess hall on the island, “Taken From their Families: Japanese American Incarceration on Angel Island During World War II.” It tells the story of the internment of 700 Japanese immigrants who were held […]

Finding hope behind bars

LOVE IN THE LIBRARY By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yas Imamura (Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2022, 40 pp, $18.99, hardcover) To many of us, the wartime incarceration is an impossible story. We thought we were free. We are American citizens with all the privileges that holds. So we find it impossible to believe that our […]

A virtual tour of artist Ruth Asawa’s work

Appreciators can now visit Ruth Asawa’s Bay Area public art installations while listening to immersive interviews on their mobile devices through a free, online audio tour. The digital tour is like having an expert curator and the Asawa’s family in your pocket; exploring who Asawa was as an artist, mother, educator and activist, while explaining […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The seafood of Oshogatsu

I grew up with a mixture of Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) traditions in the 1960s and 1970s. But for the most part, I didn’t know the significance of these traditions. Though Ojiichan (Grandpa) was Issei from Hiroshima, his only tradition was serving scalding sake from Mom’s gold anodized tea kettle just past midnight, as it […]

‘The American democratic and multicultural promise’

THE KINDNESS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF TWO FAMILIES AND MENDEZ, ET AL. V. WESTMINSTER, THE 1947 DESEGREGATION OF CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS By Janice Munemitsu (Self-published, 2021, 211 pp., $14.99, paperback) In 1949, when I was 10 years old, my family moved from New Jersey to Goleta, Calif., where I enrolled as a sixth grader […]

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