The Megumi Nishikura Story: Filming the distant dance of multiracial Japanese identity

To many in Japan, Megumi Nishikura doesn’t look like a Megumi. “People would assume that I was fully Japanese and when I would go meet them in-person they would do a double take,” Nishikura said. “They would be shocked that I look like I do and speak as well as I do, and when I […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The mixed plate

The mixed plate is a classic staple here in the 50th, one you’ll find at every local drive-in. It basically consists of two scoops of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad and your choice of mixed proteins, such as teriyaki beef, pork or chicken, fried tonkatsu or chicken katsu, beef stew or curry, chili or […]

San Francisco J-Town merchants fear end to eviction moratorium

Tenants of two major Japantown property owners have raised their fears of eviction as a San Francisco moratorium on evictions for small businesses was set to expire Sept. 14. While San Francisco Mayor London Breed has granted a short reprieve in the form of an extension to the end of the month, both tenants, including […]

Project Bento volunteers deliver bento to senior New Yorkers

During the spring of 2020 when New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, residents were abruptly instructed to shelter-in-place. Susan Miyagi McCormac, a vice president and secretary of the Japanese American Association of New York, became concerned about how their older members were faring. Pre-COVID, about 100 Japanese […]

Asians continue to suffer racist hate incidents during the pandemic

About half a year since the coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down for Americans, a disturbing trend for hate directed against Asians remains a concern. Launched in mid-March, Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative by Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, is […]

San Jose names J-Town Park

The San Jose City Council voted unanimously Sept. 1 to name a new park in San Jose’s Japantown Heinlenville Park, after John Heinlen, a German immigrant who opposed the anti-Asian racism Chinese immigrants suffered in the late 19th century. Heinlen went on to become a key contributor in establishing the ethnic enclave’s Chinatown. Nicolle Burnham, […]

JAs serve on the frontlines treating COVID-19 patients

While treating COVID-19 patients on 12-hour shifts, three to four days per week and overtime from mid-March to May, Julia Yuge, an intensive care unit nurse at New York University Langone Health, called her mother, a nurse herself, several times to minimize the stress she’s felt. “My mom’s a nurse so she’s the one that […]

Author shares his passion for the history of Japanese food in the U.S.

Gil Asakawa grew up eating Japanese food in both Tokyo and the United States. The journalist and author of the forthcoming book, “Tadaima: Let’s Eat!” set to release in 2021, spoke about the history of Japanese food in the United States July 19 during a virtual event hosted by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center […]

Teachers, students feel impact of the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has seriously impacted California and most of the United States. It has led authorities to close schools, teach remotely and ignore the calls of many conservatives who demand that schools and businesses reopen, as they describe COVID-19 as a hoax and refuse the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s orders to wear […]

Lane Hirabayashi, scholar of Japanese American history, dies

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, a prolific scholar whose work expanded the research of the Japanese American experience, died earlier this month in Southern California after a bout with cancer. He was 67. His lifelong commitment to Japanese American history followed “in the footsteps of his uncle Gordon Hirabayashi who defied curfew and evacuations orders during World […]

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