Safekeeping ‘treasures’ and their stories for future generations

  “You can’t take it with you but you can leave it behind with meaning and purpose,” Rosalyn Tonai told a room of more than a dozen people gathered for the “Treasures Revealed” workshop on preserving artifacts from previous generations for the future. The event, held at the Japanese American Citizens League’s (JACL) national headquarters […]

Yu-Ai Kai workshop offers tips on how to maintain a healthy heart

SAN JOSE — Ed and Florence Takeda, both 80, take care of their hearts by working out at the gym on weekdays for two to three hours. They were among about 50 attendees at the Yu-Ai Kai/Japanese American Community Senior Service’s Kenko Series workshop, “Healthy Hearts,” held Feb. 26 at the Dr. James Akiyama Wellness […]

You know you’re Shin-Nisei/Issei when…

Culture •   You thought the idea of spam musubi (and chilli over rice!) was blasphemous •   You go karaoke and the first songs you want to sing are Arashi •   You have lots of clutter in your house •   You think it’s a little strange that some people have kimono, Japanese doll displays and Japanese […]

Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto to celebrate 50 years playing koto March 20 in Oakland

OAKLAND — Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto will celebrate 50 years of playing koto music (Japanese 13-stringed zither) on Sunday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Theater (in Kaiser Center, near Lake Merritt), 300 Lakeside Drive in Oakland, Calif. Among the artists who will join in the celebration are: Shigeo Tachibana, shakuhachi master from Chiba, Japan, […]

Masaoka Fellowship deadline May 2

WASHINGTON — The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is currently accepting applications for the 2011 JACL Mike M. Masaoka Fellowship. The Fellowship Fund was established in 1988 to honor Mike M. Masaoka for a lifetime of public service to the JACL and the nation. Masaoka was the JACL’s national secretary, field executive, national legislative director of […]

Koreans Ask: Who Is the Next Jane Kim?

Jane Kim’s election to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors seems to have sparked a tidal shift within the Korean American community toward political involvement. A half-page ad in the Korea Daily in Union City proudly declares, “Last November, the first ever Korean American city official was elected in San Francisco.” Thanking the community for its […]

Kokoro Studio presents the artwork of Yukako Ezoe

“Bahama Kangaroo” by Yukako Ezoe, is a solo show currently on dispay at Kokoro Studio, 682 Geary St., San Francisco. Ezoe, a Japanese American artist, designer, and teacher, investigates history and mythology through her fictional landscapes and invented personalities. She mixes cultures and media to narrate a world of romantic, dream-like imagination. For “Bahama Kangaroo,” […]

Gotanda’s newest play ‘I Dream of Chang and Eng’ staged at Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — Philip Kan Gotanda, the Bay Area’s leading Asian American playwright, collaborates with UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies in a unique partnership to develop and produce “I Dream of Chang and Eng,” a journey through the incredible lives of Chang and Eng Bunker — the original Siamese Twins. The […]

Dep. sheriff arrested on suspicion of selling drugs

A deputy sheriff with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office was arrested March 4 on suspicion of possessing and selling controlled substances, a spokesman said. Stephen Tanabe, 47, of Alamo, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. after investigators discovered he might have been keeping and selling drugs, according to a statement from sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee. […]

Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley presents Hapa Japan Conference April 8-9

BERKELEY — The Center for Japanese Studies, along with the Hapa Japan Database Project and All Nippon Airways, will host the Hapa Japan Conference Friday and Saturday,  April 8-9, featuring specialists in the study of mixed-race Japanese history, identity and representation. Topics range from the history of mixed-race Japanese in the 1500s, part-Japanese communities in […]

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