GenRyu Arts celebrates 15th anniversary with ‘Rabbit in the Moon’

Born in early summer, fireflies are summer bugs: they die before seeing the fallen leaves. The ephemeral summer bugs made a rare appearance at the Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District, and lighted the theater with the sound of Japanese taiko drums. GenRyu Arts’ new performance, “Tsuki no Usagi,” or the Rabbit in the […]

Artist shares camp memories in Japanese American Museum of SJ exhibit

Artist Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz was 9 years old when she and her family were uprooted from their home in Orange, Calif. and incarcerated in a wartime concentration camp in Poston, Ariz. for three years. Sugita de Queiroz illustrates her childhood memories through watercolors in the traveling exhibit “Camp Days 1942-1945: Childhood Memories of […]

MTA Board Selects Connector Rail Route through Little Tokyo: Construction for the two-mile fully-underground project could begin in 2014 and be completed in 2019

LOS ANGELES — An underground railroad route through Little Tokyo moved one step closer to reality when the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board of directors on Oct. 28 approved the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/R) for the Regional Connector project, clearing the way for the project to enter final environmental review and […]

Nearly deported nursing student gets tearful welcome

Friends and loved ones of a City College of San Francisco nursing student celebrated his return from an Arizona detention facility Nov. 23. Shing Ma “Steve” Li, 20, was arrested at his San Francisco home on Sept. 15 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after authorities discovered he was in the country illegally. The […]

JA officer promoted to high U.S. Navy rank

Another significant chapter in the long and distinguished history of Japanese Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces was added with the recent promotion of Navy officer David M. Boone. With his promotion to the rank of rear admiral, he becomes the 43rd military officer of Japanese descent and the 100th military officer of Asian […]

OBITUARY: David Tambara

TAMBARA, DAVID 57, of San Francisco died suddenly on October 23, 2010 at Daly City Seton Hospital. He was born on May 1, 1953 in Sacramento to Hiroshi and June Tambara. He was raised and educated in San Francisco graduating from George Washington High School in 1971. He also went on to attend City College […]

OBITUARY: Miyuki “Miki” (Mochida) Hirano

HIRANO, MIYUKI “MIKI” (MOCHIDA), 74, passed away on October 23, 2010 in Reno, Nevada. She was born on April 29, 1936 in Oakland, Calif. She is survived by daughter Kathleen Diane Chang; son Michael (Mona) Hirano; grandchildren Ryan, Justin and Tiffany Hirano and Harry Chang; sisters Satsuki Ward, Kikue Mochida, Kayoko (Arthur) Ikuma, Hiroko Mochida […]

OBITUARY: Edward Aya Endow

ENDOW, EDWARD AYAO, 95, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2010 in Stockton after a brief illness. He was born in Ogden, Utah on November 23, 1914. He is survived by Bernice, his wife of 58 years, sons Jon (Joanne), Curt (Irene), Tom (Suzie) and Pete (Phyllis) and his sister Nori Imagawa. He was preceded […]

The Great Unknown and the Unknown Great: ISSEI WOMEN: Shio Sakanishi, a pioneering figure in education

In April 1939, the writer Edward Larocque Tinker offered a laudatory account in his New York Times column of a new book “The Spirit of the Brush,” an anthology of commentaries on art by Chinese classical painters between 367 A.D. and 960 A.D. Tinker noted that the editor of the collection, Dr. Shio Sakanishi, was […]

Riding the GOP Wave: How ethnic candidates fared in key races

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ethnic candidates rode the GOP/Tea Party wave on Nov. 2, with Latinos and Indian Americans capturing historic governorships (including South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, above) and two black Republicans heading to Congress for the first time since 1997. Ethnic minorities also prevailed in some key Democratic races. Here is a roundup of the most […]

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