San Francisco poet and activist dies

Peter Kenichi Yamamoto — a poet, community activist, volunteer and one of the last surviving tenants of the famed I-Hotel — passed away in San Francisco during the early hours of May 27, 2018. Yamamoto, who had just posted his final Facebook post beaming about having just met activist Angela Davis — a longtime hero […]

OBITUARY: Masaru “Mas” Kawaguchi

KAWAGUCHI, MASARU “MAS”, 92, born Nov. 6, 1925, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2018. Beloved husband of Ida and loving father of sons Todd (Kate), Jeffrey (Pam), and daughter Mari. Mas adored his two grandsons, Tyler and Bryce. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ida, and his six brothers and sisters. […]

Asian American candidates in Calif.

California held its primary elections June 5, resulting in several wins for Asian Americans, while many more were locked out of the November election in the state’s top-two primaries. Congressional Seats Several Asian American hopefuls ran to unseat United States Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but the veteran senator held a healthy lead with 43.8 percent of […]

Nikkei honored for donating photo collection

Patti Hirahara of Anaheim, Calif., who donated her family’s concentration camp photo collection to Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Department, received the Honorary Alumna Award from the WSU Alumni Association in April. Hirahara was also honored for educating the public about the Japanese American wartime incarceration experience. She is the first […]

Community icon Jimi Yamaichi dies at 95

Jimi Yamaichi — carpenter, World War II draft resister, Tule Lake Committee member, Japanese American Museum of San Jose co-founder and community leader — passed away at his San Jose home on May 12. He was 95. “Jimi Yamaichi is an icon of the Japanese American community … and he has touched the lives of […]

Antonio Villaraigosa and Asian Americans

Antonio Villaraigosa is the only gubernatorial candidate to demonstrate leadership to the underrepresented people in California. I had the honor and privilege of serving with Antonio during his Speakership in the California State Assembly in 1999 through 2000. During those two years, Asian Americans represented nearly 10 percent of the California population, but less than […]

Finding my own ‘Place’ through art

It’s one thing to write for a living and another to create art. Art often speaks personal truths or attempts to articulate something difficult to tangibly describe. So it was a radically different exercise for me to create a piece of art for the “A Place of Her Own” exhibition currently on display at J-Sei […]

Mineta legacy: Film on Japanese American icon makes its debut

A documentary highlighting the life and career of Norman Yoshio Mineta, the legislator who achieved many firsts for Asians in American politics, will have its world premiere at the Center for Asian American Media’s annual festival Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Co-producer and director Dianne Fukami stated […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Repurposing your favorite loaf

So you purchased that perfect olive loaf from La Brea Bakery, and while it made superb sandwiches over the past week, there’s still a half loaf leftover that’s beginning to stale. Or perhaps that artisanal baguette from that independent French bakery down the street has gone stale after several days. What do you do with […]

Protesting the injustice of the incarceration

Have you seen “Resistance at Tule Lake” yet? It’s the film by Konrad Aderer that was featured on PBS this past Sunday. It is screening at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival at the California Museum in Sacramento on Saturday, May 26: http://www.sapff.org/2018-festival-programming/. Now there is a link through PBS so the public can view […]

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