Archives for January 2022

2 arrested in connection with death of news crew security guard

OAKLAND — Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of Kevin Nishita, the security guard shot while he was protecting a KRON 4 news crew in Novem-ber in Oakland, police said Dec. 22. “We feel strongly we have identified a third suspect as well,” Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said in a […]

Benkyodo owners retiring; open until ‘at least March 31’

Ricky Okamura, co-owner of Benkyodo Company, told the Nichi Bei Weekly his family’s Japanese confectionery will remain open until at least March 31. Okamura and his younger brother Bobby Okamura both plan to retire this year and have been looking for someone to take over the 115-year-old San Francisco Legacy Business located in the city’s […]

2021 Notebook: Redrawing the conversation about race

After 2020 became a year of racial reckoning with the public killing of George Floyd and the protests of injustices against Black people, 2021 offered what can best be described as a follow-up year — a continuation of some familiar story threads with other new ones emerging. Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed […]

First Cambodian American mayor in U.S. takes office

BOSTON — A refugee who survived the Khmer Rouge’s brutal rule has become the first Cambodian American mayor in the United States. Sokhary Chau, a city councilor in Lowell, Massachusetts, was unanimously picked by his council peers to assume the legislative body’s top post on Jan. 3. He also became the city’s first Asian American […]

California’s Asian population soars, new census data shows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s Asian population grew by 25% in the past decade, making it the fastest growing ethnic group in the nation’s most populous state, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Aug. 12. California’s white population plummeted by 24% between 2010 and 2020, confirming California is one of three states […]

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 […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Appreciation and apology

感 (Kan) means “feeling.” The top lines represent a fruit tree, the small box in the center of this character is a mouth, and the bottom lines represent a heart. 謝 (Sha) means “the expression of one’s appreciation or apology.” The left side of this character symbolizes talking and the right side represents a person […]

Jimmy O. Yang’s Crab Club feasts on Asian American stories

One of the hottest “clubs’’ in Hollywood is run by “Crazy Rich Asians” actor Jimmy O. Yang and his producing partners. There’s no DJ or bottle service. If you gain entry, you better know how to eat a Dungeness crab. Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” dropped in November, has been turning Crab Club, […]

A big year still a blur for U.S. Women’s Open champ Yuka Saso

Yuka Saso finally had time to reflect on her breakthrough year, and it still felt like a blur. Winning the U.S. Women’s Open with a birdie on the third playoff hole at Olympic Club was a life-changer. Meeting her golf idol, Rory McIlroy, the following week during the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines might have […]

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