THE HEART OF KANJI: Practice seeing the good side

良 (Yoi) means “good.” The top lines indicates a box and the lines below indicate measuring something correctly. 方 (Ho) means “direction.” This word indicates a small boat heading in a certain direction. 見 (Miru) means “look or see.” This word represents the human eye. 練習 (Renshu) means “learn or practice.” The left side of […]

Peace march held in Okinawa ahead of 50th anniv. of return to Japan

NAHA, Japan — A peace march calling for the burden on Okinawa from hosting U.S. forces to be reduced was held May 14 in the southern island prefecture, a day before the 50th anniversary of its reversion to Japan. For the first time since taking office in October last year, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited […]

San Francisco celebrates Asian heritage through community bonds

After a virtual celebration in 2020 and an outdoor celebration in 2021, the 2022 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards returned to the Herbst Theater in San Francisco’s Civic Center May 4 under the theme of “forging community bonds.” Performers from the Samoan Community Development Center led a Samoan warrior chant to open the ceremony emceed […]

Japanese American seniors tell stories through film

In keeping with a long-standing tradition of Asian elders passing down their stories to their children and grandchildren, Visual Communications, a Los Angeles-based Asian American media arts center, created Digital Histories, a project that provides Asian Pacific American older adults the unique opportunity to tell their stories — as directors of their own short films. […]

Norman Mineta, former San Jose mayor, congressman and transportation secretary in 9/11 era, dies at 90

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Norman Mineta, who broke racial barriers for Asian Americans serving in high-profile government posts and ordered commercial flights grounded after the 9/11 terror attacks as the nation’s federal transportation secretary, died May 3, 2022. He was 90. John Flaherty, Mineta’s former chief of staff, said Mineta died peacefully at his home surrounded […]

Pan-fried ginger pork belly from ‘Kodoku no Gurume’ 豚バラ生姜焼き

Featured in the popular Japanese drama “Kodoku no Gurume,” this pan-fried ginger pork belly is cooked in a savory soy sauce base with a hint of sweetness and a touch of spicy ginger. It’s a quick meal that you can prepare in less than 20 minutes. After requests from many JOC readers, I started to […]

4 running to fill Wilma Chan’s seat on Alameda County board of supervisors

Four people are running to fill a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors that became vacant following the death of Supervisor Wilma Chan. Chan’s former chief of staff David Brown is serving as supervisor for her district until the election is held. The Alameda County Taxpayer’s Association has mounted a challenge to the […]

Historic anti-racism banner donated to Smithsonian by Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

A banner carried by members of San Francisco’s Chinese community during one of the country’s first anti-racism marches in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is heading to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The long red banner reads “Fight the Virus, NOT the People” in English and “Together we support the businesses, (we are) […]

Wakasa Committee asks for professional excavation where monument was unearthed

The Wakasa Memorial Committee has asked the Topaz Museum Board to carry out a professionally-led community archaeology excavation of the site where the Wakasa monument was unearthed by the museum last year using a forklift. Artifacts were left behind and the hole where the monument was dug out was covered with backfill, according to a […]

Topaz Museum seeks public input to guide preservation and future of Wakasa Monument

DELTA, Utah — The Topaz Museum Board announces the launch of the Topaz Community Outreach Project, as part of its effort to preserve and interpret a recently discovered stone monument, first erected in 1943 in honor of James Hatsuaki Wakasa. Wakasa was a Japanese American man unjustly imprisoned (along with nearly 11,000 others) during World […]

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