Archives for December 2022

Roger Daniels, historian of the Nikkei experience, dies

Historian Roger Daniels, whose early works documented and gave a respected voice to the Japanese American incarceration experience, died Dec. 9, 2022 in Bellevue, Wash., sources said, a week after celebrating his 95th birthday. Among Daniels’ iconic works was the groundbreaking “Concentration Camps USA: Japanese Americans and World War II,” which was published in 1972. […]

Remembering Roger

The first book I read about Japanese American history was Roger Daniels’ book, “The Politics of Prejudice.” It was 1966, and in my research as a college freshman, it was the rare book on Japanese American history, one that began Roger’s long and illustrious career as a historian documenting the story of Japanese Americans and […]

Margueritte Aozasa makes history in UCLA Women’s soccer’s championship victory

For Margueritte Aozasa, the victory was “quite a comeback story.” On Dec. 5, Aozasa made history, becoming the first rookie head coach in NCAA women’s soccer history and the second Asian American head coach to win the national championship, according to an article from the UCLA Athletics department, as her University of California, Los Angeles […]

A tour of San Jose’s Japantown

San Jose Japantown community member Jim Nagareda, a former Japanese American Museum of San Jose executive director, took people on a tour of San Jose’s Japantown in a video edited by J-Town Community TV for the San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church. They explored the different businesses and places that make up the ethnic enclave, which […]

Metro Rail construction project impacts life in Little Tokyo

LOS ANGELES — The Metro Rail Regional Connector construction project that burrowed underground through downtown Los Angeles created serious disruptions to daily life in Little Tokyo and even caused several businesses to close, according to some local citizens. Construction for the Regional Connector began in 2014 and it is slated to open for service in […]

SF: Video released of attack that injured woman on Muni, suspect sought

Police released surveillance video of a man who allegedly kicked and injured an elderly woman on a Muni bus in San Francisco’s Japantown earlier this month. The video shows the 79-year-old woman boarding the 38 Line coach at Geary Boulevard and Laguna Street at about 11:20 a.m. Dec. 3. The suspect kicks her in the […]

OBITUARY: Phyllis Oda

Phyllis Oda Aug. 1, 1943 – Dec. 8, 2022 ODA, PHYLLIS passed away peacefully on December 8, 2022. She was born in Gila River Internment Camp during World War II, daughter of Takeshi and Shizue Deguchi, and grew up in San Francisco, CA. She was a kind and loving woman who lived life with a […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Wine country revisit

Our last trip seems like a lifetime ago, as it was well before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and just after the devastating Napa earthquake. Back in that lifetime, we frequented wine country at least every two to three years and spent our days popping into sequential wineries off either the Silverado Trail or the […]

OBITUARY: Kazue “Kay” Ihara

Kazue “Kay” Ihara Aug. 10, 1927 – Nov. 18, 2022 IHARA, KAZUE “KAY” passed away on November 18, 2022 surrounded by her loving family at the age of 95. She was born in Fresno, CA on August 10, 1927. She was predeceased by her sisters, Kimiko Hirata, Faye Nishioki, Yoshiko Niizawa, and Chiyoko Sakamoto; by […]

Federal funds to expand AAPI community health worker program

A Santa Clara program designed to mitigate healthcare obstacles for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is now backed with $1 million in federal funding, announced county supervisors on Dec. 16. The Asian/Pacific Islander Community Health Worker pilot program will work with local nonprofits and hire health workers to care for seven specific Asian communities […]