Tips for navigating Japanese learning online

Learning Japanese is hard. Unlike English there are multiple alphabets plus character sets. Online learning can make what would normally be challenging seem overwhelming. Don’t despair, a few tips gleaned from experience can reduce the stress of learning Japanese. The default technology, Zoom, is far from a friction free learning environment. Let’s start by taking […]

Down from mountain, Japanese American incarceree’s remains return home

When Giichi Matsumura arrived at his final resting place in December, the people who knew him best already were there. His wife, Ito, who had mourned his passing for 60 years before her death in 2005, was buried in the same plot, as was his daughter, Kazue, who died in 2018. His father, Katsuzo, who […]

TV’s ‘New Amsterdam’ tackles Asian hate

Over the past year and especially during the last couple of months, videos on various social media platforms have showed Asian people being brutally attacked on a daily basis. Incidents like this have become all too familiar: “When COVID was at its worst, a man stopped me in the street, he grabbed my arm, and […]

eBay auction of Japanese American incarceration art pulled after protest

LOS ANGELES — The auction of a series of sketches purportedly drawn by an artist at the Japanese American concentration camp at Manzanar was canceled April 6 after groups protested it was offensive and immoral to profit off the misery of incarcerated people. The auction was halted by eBay hours before it was to conclude […]

Kelly Eshima crowned NorCal sakura matsuri queen amid unprecedented year

While the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the event last year, San Francisco’s 54th annual Cherry Blossom Festival held an online program and crowned its 2021 queen April 10. Akiko Jacqueline Bates, Ashlyn Sumiko Hom and Kelly Noelani Eshima competed in this year’s program emceed by Jana Katsuyama, KTVU Fox 2 reporter. The three women, along with […]

A new ‘Kung Fu’ debuts at a crucial time for Asian Americans

NEW YORK — Up-and-coming actors will sometimes claim to know a variety of skills to be considered for roles, but Olivia Liang set a boundary early in her career. “When I started off in the industry, people would ask me why martial arts wasn’t on my resume because it was such a typecast for Asians […]

Asian neighbors pen letter of fear to Ohio’s lieutenant gov

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dozens of Asian American residents of the suburb that Ohio’s Republican lieutenant governor calls home penned a letter to him March 31 citing their concerns over a tweet he sent referring to the “Wuhan virus” and the fears they have for the safety of their children because of such comments. “Lt. Governor […]

New video shows suspect being beat by multiple assailants moments before attacking elderly Asians

New video released April 7 by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office shows a man getting brutally beat by a group of people in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood — just moments before he then himself attacks two elderly Asian victims unprovoked. Steven Jenkins, 39, is accused of attacking 83-year-old Ngoc Pham and 75-year-old Xiao Zhen […]

S.F. school board member sues over tweet response

The former vice president of San Francisco’s school board is suing the district and her colleagues after they voted to strip her of the position because of tweets she wrote in 2016 that said Asian Americans used “white supremacist” thinking. Alison Collins filed the lawsuit April 7 in federal court, alleging violation of her constitutional […]

Japan heartened by Matsuyama’s historic Masters win

TOKYO — People living in the hometown of Hideki Matsuyama and his university town in Japan on April 12 congratulated the golfer, who became the first player from the country to claim a men’s major golf championship this past weekend. In Tokyo, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called Matsuyama’s Masters victory at Augusta National Golf Club […]

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