PARTING SHOTS: A Native Angelino’s Gift: The Young Oak Kim Academy in Los Angeles

A native Angelino who came home a hero with crippling wounds from two wars to stir hopes among the struggling newcomers has returned “home” from the Big Sky, this time as a living legacy to the inner-city children of tomorrow. In September of 2008, the newly built middle school at Sixth Street and Shatto Place […]


Jenichiro Oyabe (1867-1941) was among the first people of Japanese ancestry to write about his life in the United States. His memoir “A Japanese Robinson Crusoe,” first published in 1898, offers a picturesque account of the author’s experiences. It is also a fascinating example of the dark side of “Americanization” — how immigrants seeking liberty […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Why Do Asian American Women Live Longer?

So, I’m browsing through a Time magazine (Feb. 22, 2010), and on the cover is the headline, “The Science of Living Longer.” The cover photo is of three persons who are related, a grandmother, a daughter and a granddaughter. They are very attractive, WASPish types with blondish hair and blue eyes, ages 7, 37 and […]

THE KAERU KID: Texas Replica Fun

Las Vegas believes in the expression “imitation is the greatest form of flattery,” with all the tribute acts copying the originals and all the casinos themed after other famous locales. Well, the same mentality must exist in Texas. Did you know that there is a miniature replica of the Beijing Forbidden City in the Texas […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Nichi Bei Helps Keep Community Connected

We’re heading into a brave new world where a mighty effort is being made to keep Asian American journalism alive. I refer to the valiant battle to keep the Nichi Bei Weekly in publication and reach out to our increasingly spread out and fragmented community. And yet, many, if not most of us, would very […]


Hey, with the entry of the Year of the Tiger, it’s only appropriate to pop a couple of corks from bottles of Champagne. Nothing says celebration more than Champagne, or in the words of Napoleon, “In victory, you deserve it; in defeat, you need it.” And it doesn’t specifically have to be from the French […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The Community Needs this Forum

As the year winds down, I can’t help but feel that time passes so quickly when you get older. Since we Americans are facing so many issues and challenges, 2010 is going to be another year filled with turmoil and uncertainty. One of my New Year’s hopes is that the Nichi Bei Weekly manages to […]

THE KAERU KID: Long Way to Kau Kau

My favorite Nichi Bei columnist is Ryan Tatsumoto, the Gochiso Gourmet, because I am an unrepentant foodie. He writes in an interesting way and always presents some new nugget of information. A golden opportunity to meet him presented itself when I was given a very cheap airfare to Hawai‘i. For first time visitors to O‘ahu, […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: New Year Ushers New Frontier for APIs in Politics

The New Year always brings new challenges and triumphs. A decade ago, assemblymembers George Nakano, Wilma Chan and Carol Liu established the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. Today, the caucus has grown to 11 members and three constitutional officers. Over the last 10 years, the API community has worked successfully to recruit and elect qualified […]

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: Japan’s 2009 at a Glance

A new political party in power, another World Baseball Classic title, a Japanese movie winning an Oscar, the yen soaring to the highest yen-to-dollar rate in decades, North Korea continuing its nuclear tests, and Obama making his first trip to Japan as president. These are some of the biggest events of the past year in […]

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