OBITUARY: Keiko Matsuba

Keiko Matsuba Feb. 20, 1950 – Nov. 16, 2022 MATSUBA, KEIKO passed away peacefully on November 16th 2022, surrounded by her family. She was born in Nagasaki Japan and was the daughter of Chizuyo and Tsugio Fujii. She moved to the US at 22 and married Takumi Matsuba at 25. She is survived by her […]

OBITUARY: Marjorie Yoshiko Tsukamoto

Marjorie Yoshiko Tsukamoto March 4, 1937 – Nov. 1, 2022 TSUKAMOTO, MARJORIE “MARGIE” YOSHIKO was born on March 4, 1937 to Bunji and Toki Ikenoue in San Francisco, California. She passed away peacefully on November 1, 2022. Margie spent most of her early years in San Jose, until in 1942 when she was put in […]

Voters of color and women saved the Democrats from disaster

Despite new laws to keep people from voting and gerrymandering election districts to take away the power of minority communities, the Republican “red wave” that pollsters predicted ahead of the Nov. 8 midterms didn’t happen. Ethnic Media Services debriefed six experts on their reactions to the election results and what should be done to prepare […]

Santa Clara University point guard Ashley Hiraki, a hometown hoops hero

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ashley Hiraki began playing in the Japanese American basketball leagues in the first grade for the San Jose Community Youth Service, and later, in the fifth grade, for the San Jose Ninjas. Now, the Santa Clara Broncos junior guard said her JA basketball experiences have helped her become a more well-rounded […]


Once again, it’s that time of year to ponder holiday gift giving. And just as the pandemic seems to have settled a little, we’re now faced with inflation with merchandise about 20 percent costlier than it was last year. So we have to be creative in stretching those hard earned dollars. Or perhaps we can […]

Repurposing with a purpose: Turning old jeans into accessories

Amy Sueyoshi began sewing again in November 2021. The San Francisco State University provost and vice president of Academic Affairs first started hand sewing at 7-years-old, but she stopped because her mother was too “critical” of her at one time. Between starting to sew again during the coronavirus pandemic and watching Justin Mensinger, a designer […]

Uplifting Generations of Youth: JCYC looks back at five decades

Celebrating 53 years serving the youth of San Francisco and beyond, the Japanese Community Youth Council recognized its roots and impact over the years, as its services have made a lasting impact on thousands of youth each year, including those who came back to the organization to take on leadership roles. The organization celebrated its […]

Making JA coaching connections

In 2012, California State University, Fullerton Women’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Harada met Kristin Iwanaga and Kerri Nakamoto, two Santa Clara University Women’s Basketball assistant coaches, at an Asian Coaches Association meeting at the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Final Four. They see “each other out recruiting at tournaments and games and would talk and […]

Countering misinformation on COVID-19 boosters among parents and seniors

More than one million people in the U.S. have died due to COVID-19. And yet, as of Nov. 16, only 32.4% of eligible seniors in California have been vaccinated and received their bivalent booster, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website. As of Nov. 16, 12.9% of Asian Americans have received the […]

Asian American dancers challenge ballet’s legacy of Yellowface

Like many young ballerinas, Cory Stieg danced in “The Nutcracker” each year. And though she loved the show, the Chinese Tea dance in particular stuck in her memory — for all the wrong reasons. Stieg’s teacher insisted she shuffle out on stage with her head bobbing and an open-mouthed grin on her face. “Haven’t you […]

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