Performing artists hopeful amid uncertain future and potential devastation

With theaters shuttered and live audiences reluctant to gather, the performing arts sector has suffered considerably since the pandemic has prompted most people to stay at home. For Asian Americans, the issue is no different, and some fear devastation if things do not improve. Ethnic Media Services reported that the arts sector has lost $12 […]

Protecting against elder abuse

In California we have federal as well as state elder abuse laws that protect persons 65 years and older. These laws have been created to protect elders, as well as adults with disabilities, from abuse by others. Abuse can take many forms, including but not limited to physical abuse, like hitting, kicking and pushing. It […]

The Census is about our past and future

Many have come to understand that by participating in the Census, you are shaping the future — ensuring your community has the resources and representation it deserves for the next 10 years. As the deputy director of statewide initiatives for the California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office, I have learned professionally how this aspect […]

Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19

PARIS — Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the Kenzo brand who spent most of his career at the heart of the French fashion industry, died Oct. 4 in a hospital near Paris after contracting the novel coronavirus, his spokesperson said. He was 81. Takada was hospitalized around Sept. 10 due to poor health following […]

Tofu Pizza 豆腐のピザ

Instead of pizza dough, this Japanese version of Tofu Pizza uses crispy pan-fried tofu as the “dough,” and is topped with melted mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, tomato slices and basil leaves for a delicious tofu dish. When the words “Tofu Pizza” are used in the U.S., they often refer to the healthy pizza dough made out […]

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Vincent Okamoto dies

Former Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Japanese American National Museum board of trustees chairman issued a statement mourning the passing of Judge Vincent H. Okamoto, “a decorated Vietnam veteran, a prominent lawyer and judge, an articulate speaker and historian and a community leader.” According to the statement, Okamoto was “the 10th child and sixth […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Appreciate nature

自(Shi, ji) means “me or myself.” This character indicates a nose. 然 (Zen) means nature. The left side of the top of this word indicates meat, and the right side symbolizes a wild dog. The bottom represents fire or flames. 感 (Kan) means “feeling.” The top of this character represents a fruit tree and the […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Juilliard-trained songbird Mariko Mukai Ando defied expectations

(Editor’s note: The following article was co-written with Jonathan Van Harmelen.) As part of a continuing series of “Great Unknown” articles on Japanese Americans in classical music, we now present the career of the operatic and concert singer Mariko Mukai Ando. After getting her start in Nikkei community circles in Seattle, she moved to New […]

San Leandro: Council condemns white supremacy in resolution

A resolution condemning white nationalist and white supremacist hate groups and declaring support for classifying the Ku Klux Klan as a domestic terrorist organization under federal law was unanimously approved last week by the San Leandro City Council. The council action followed community requests for formal action to condemn white supremacy in the wake of […]

Man assaulted with metal bar during fight suffers life-threatening injuries

A man was left with life-threatening injuries after being assaulted with a metal bar the night of Sept. 28 in San Francisco’s Western Addition, police said. Around 9:05 p.m., officers initially responded to the assault at the corner of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard. There they learned two men had gotten into a fight. At […]

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