Arts & Entertainment

Bruce Lee, Anna May Wong heirs talk legacy, roles for Asians

Almost every working Asian actor in Hollywood can trace their path back to Bruce Lee and Anna May Wong. The Chinese American screen legends are typically talked about the way one talks about revered ancestors. One was a martial arts icon, the other an actor who stood out during the silent film era despite playing […]

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ dominates at SAG Awards

The unlikely awards season juggernaut “Everything Everywhere All at Once” marched on at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Feb. 26, and even gathered steam with wins not just for best ensemble, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan but also for Jamie Lee Curtis. The SAG Awards, often an Oscar preview, threw some curve balls […]

Rise of Asian leads in network TV shows

In fourth grade, Catherine Haena Kim could not muster the courage to audition for the female lead of her school’s production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” But her teachers saw something in the way she held herself in the classroom. “My teachers actually gave me the part because whenever I did speak up, I was […]

Ordinary citizens’ extraordinary deeds come to life in ‘The Art of Activism’ program

Ordinary citizens’ extraordinary deeds come to life in this year’s Films of Remembrance “The Art of Activism” program presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation. Here’s a preview of the short films: ‘Stamp Our Story’ (2022, 19 min.) by Kaia Rose and Robert M. Horsting Three Nisei women were on a mission, and they were not […]

Film examines civil disobedience in the camps

The Nichi Bei Foundation will screen “We Said No! No! A Story of Civil Disobedience,” a J-Town Pictures documentary by filmmaker Brian Maeda, highlighting the civil disobedience in America’s World War II concentration camps that imprisoned Japanese Americans. The film screens in San Francisco’s Japantown on Feb. 25 and in San Jose’s Japantown on Feb. […]

A rose blooms, a garden’s history is uncovered, and history is dug up in ‘Rooted in History Program’

“Rooted in History” is the theme of a Nichi Bei Foundation Films of Remembrance program featuring three short documentary films focusing on a blooming rose, a Japanese garden and the literal digging up of history. Here’s a preview of the films: ‘Amache Rose’ (2022, 29 min.) by Billy Kanaly At the beginning of Billy Kanaly’s […]

Three films that transcend time ‘Rediscover History’

As those who lived through the wartime incarceration experience grow older and fewer in number, a new generation of Japanese Americans are coming of age. In the 12th annual Films of Remembrance film showcase, the “Rediscovering History Program” examines three films reflecting on the wartime incarceration’s impact beyond the concentration camps. The block features one […]


Three films will be available to screen virtually from Feb. 25 through March 12 at In this program: “Enduring Democracy: The Monterey Petition” (2022, 67 min.) by David Schendel. The film examines how Monterey, Calif. was one of the only communities that publicly welcomed their Japanese neighbors back from the incarceration centers after WWII. […]

‘When You Leave’ explores the separation of friends and family in camps

Writer-director Jason Yamamoto’s short film “When You Leave” focuses on Japanese American incarceration from a different perspective, exploring the emotional bonds that break when family members and friends take divergent paths from the close confinement of camp life. The film opens with a young man, Yukio, working as a farm laborer for two weeks. Then […]

Films of Remembrance, returns to S.F., S.J. Feb. 25-26

The Nichi Bei Foundation presents the 12th annual Films of Remembrance, a showcase of films on the forced removal and incarceration of the Japanese American community in wartime concentration camps, on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the AMC Kabuki 8 in San Francisco’s Japantown and Sunday, Feb. 26 at the San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church in […]