Archives for March 2022

Grateful Crane Ensemble reflects upon 20 years, upcoming Sacramento show

Nichi Bei Weekly Report Grateful Crane Ensemble’s mission is “to pay tribute to the unique hardships and inspiring contributions of Japanese Americans in our country’s history and continues the traditions of our Japanese ancestry through educational and entertaining works of music and theater to the Nikkei and broader communities.” Recently for the “Nichi Bei Café,” […]

Japan film ‘Drive My Car’ wins best international feature Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” won best international feature at the 94th U.S. Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 27, becoming the first Japanese film in 13 years to bag the prestigious Oscar for the category after having garnered a string of international accolades. “We’ve got it,” Hamaguchi said […]

Benkyodo: The bittersweet end of an era at S.F. Japantown’s oldest business

Ricky Okamura clocks in to work at 3 a.m., typically hours before the first customer walks in to his store, but on March 26, his first customer beat him there by three hours, pitching a tent and lining up for manju outside Benkyodo Company in San Francisco’s Japantown.  Lines have wrapped around the block, starting […]

Former Colorado incarceration camp named historic site

DENVER (AP) — President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan bill into law March 18 designating a former World War II Japanese American concentration camp in rural Colorado as a federal historic site managed by the National Park Service. Camp Amache is owned by the town of Granada and is listed on the National Register of […]

Asian American women reflect on how to move beyond hate attacks

Asian American women are experiencing a fresh wave of violent, hate-related attacks. According to the Web portal Stop AAPI Hate, since March 2020, there have been over 10,000 attacks, 16% of which have been physically violent. Elders were the targets in the majority of incidents.  A poll commissioned by The National Asian Pacific American Women’s […]

OBITUARY: Dr. Isao Fujimoto

Dr. Isao Fujimoto Sept. 28, 1933 – Feb. 25, 2022 DR. FUJIMOTO, ISAO, PhD, professor and community organizer, died peacefully at his home in Davis, California on February 25, 2022. He was 88 years old.  Isao joined the University of California, Davis in 1967 as a founding member of the Community Development program. Throughout his […]

Mental health program helps AAPI youth

Last November, Changing Tides created CT Stream, a free Little Tokyo Service Center therapy program aimed at providing assistance for Asian American and Pacific Islander youth experiencing mental health issues. The program, located in Los Angeles, provides six to 10 therapy sessions per participant. The Changing Tides program was established in 2018. “As we’ve grown and as […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Waste not, want not

Earlier this year, I decided to make that move to the next chapter in life, namely I retired. Though I’m eligible to make withdrawals to my retirement savings accounts, I decided to hold off until Ms. S also retires, as most of our retirement savings are in standard retirement accounts that are fully taxable once […]

99 Ranch Market fills void at South San Jose mall

Thousands of residents flocked to Westfield Oakridge Mall March 22 to check out the latest store bringing an expansive variety of pan-Asian produce, baked goods and hot food to South San Jose. The 99 Ranch Market company, one of the largest Asian supermarket chains in the nation, unveiled its newest store this week at Oakridge […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Adversity is a good master

逆境 (Gyakkyou) means “adversity.” The left side of the character 逆 represents a path and the right side represents a person upside down. The left side of the character 境 indicates soil and the right side indicates the sound of footsteps. For the character 良 (yoki), the top lines indicate a box and the lines […]