Ogawa monument vandalized during Oakland protest

The monument of the late Japanese American civic leader, Frank H. Ogawa, was vandalized in an Oakland, Calif. protest for racial justice July 25. “The bust was defaced with paint and subsequently cleaned quickly,” Sean Maher, the public information officer for the city of Oakland’s Public Works and Transportation departments, said in an e-mail to […]

Keeping an elder loved one connected to culture

These are tough times to find a place for a loved one who needs to be in assisted living or a nursing facility. Even along the West Coast, where most of the Japanese American population is clustered, residential facilities that specialized in Japanese seniors have closed or sold to new owners, and have switched to […]

S.F. supervisor introduces ‘CAREN’ Act to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on July 7 introduced an ordinance to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls. The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN, Act could possibly result in people who call law enforcement based on racial bias facing criminal charges. The ordinance is similar to state Assemblymember Rob Banta’s (D-Oakland) Assembly Bill 1550, […]

OBITUARY: Yukiko Takei

Yukiko Takei Sept. 16,1932 – July 12, 2020 TAKEI, YUKIKO, 87, passed peacefully at Brookdale North Fremont on July 12, 2020. Preceded in death by husband Gene Takei (2005). Survived by children Kevin (Celeste) Takei, Dawn (Ronald) Ishisaki, Tonia (Steven) Kramp, Dina (Richard) Kanaya; grandchildren Kristy (Charles) Chang, Bryan (Stefanie) Takei, Kyler and Kellie Ishisaki, […]

Miyuki’s lesson in mindfulness

Thank You, Miyuki Written by Roxane Marie Galliez, illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2020, 32 pp., $17.95, hard cover) “Thank You, Miyuki” is the third story in a series about ebullient Miyuki and her kind, caring grandfather. In this tale, Miyuki sees her grandpa doing tai chi and seated meditation. […]

From the strike for ethnic studies to the movement for Black lives

INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN: We are proud to announce Amy Sueyoshi, the dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, whose new column Nikkei Q seeks to answer the Nikkei community’s most pressing questions on queer topics, such as same-sex sexuality, non-binary gender, and discussion items that are broadly disconcerting or […]

Olympic skater Mirai Nagasu helps save parents’ restaurant

Mirai Nagasu, the winner of a bronze medal in the team event at the 2018 Olympics, knows the thrill of victory. Her parents, on the other hand, felt the agony of defeat as their restaurant almost became a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic — until their daughter came to their rescue. Her parents Ikuko and […]

Domestic abuse survivors face greater obstacles in seeking help during the pandemic

Domestic violence organizations in Northern California have seen a decrease in calls since the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders were issued in mid-March. Organizations serving Asian Pacific Islander communities said the orders have further complicated their clienteles’ access to services. Organizations such as the Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco said calls to its crisis hotline […]

Picture book about a beloved S.F. artist and arts activist

A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa Written and illustrated by Andrea D’Aquino (Hudson, N.Y.: 2019, 40 pp., $17.95, hard cover) Andrea D’Aquino, artist and author, introduces young children to Ruth Asawa, a San Francisco institution. The author focuses on the influences that shaped and inspired Asawa’s unique artistry. It begins with […]

A history book for our times

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States By Erika Lee (New York: Basic Books, 2019, 432 pp., $32, hard cover) Erika Lee’s new book, “America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States,” is one that speaks to our times. Well-respected among academics, Lee is among the foundational historians […]

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