San Jose JA political icon remembered in hometown memorial

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Stuart Mineta recounted as a child becoming frustrated with his attempt to draw a model airplane, so he asked his father to draw it for him. As he often did, Norman Mineta took the time to focus his attention on the task at hand. Family and political leaders shared memories and […]

Agedashi tofu (video) 揚げ出し豆腐

Agedashi tofu (揚げ出し豆腐) is soft tofu coated with potato starch and deep-fried so that the outer shell is crispy. It is typically served with grated daikon, katsuobushi (bonito flakes), scallion, and grated ginger on top. Then tsuyu (sauce) made of dashi, mirin and soy sauce is poured over the toppings and soaks the tofu to enhance […]

HISTORIC GRAVESTONE: Conservancy considers donating artifact

The American River Conservancy is contemplating whether to donate an invaluable Japanese American artifact or keep it under its care. Over the course of two months, Japanese Americans, historians and other stakeholders have weighed in on the potential fate of a gravestone commemorating the first Japanese person to be buried on U.S. soil. According to […]

Horie, 83, ready for more after crossing Pacific solo

TOKYO — Japanese adventurer Kenichi Horie at 83 just became the oldest person in the world to complete a solo, nonstop voyage across the Pacific Ocean — and he says he is still “in the middle of my youth” and not done yet. Horie returned home as he crossed the Kii Strait off Japan’s western […]

Rockets guard Jalen Green, highest-drafted Asian American in NBA, partners with new Asian league

BRISBANE, Australia — Before Jalen Green joined the Houston Rockets, becoming the highest-drafted Asian American player in the NBA, he’d already experienced close up how passionate the people of the Philippines were about the game he loved to play. It’s part of the reason he’s partnering with the new East Asia Super League as an […]

BTS visits White House to discuss combating hate crime surge

WASHINGTON — K-Pop sensation BTS visited the White House on May 31 to talk with President Joe Biden about combating the rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans — bringing superstar sizzle to an otherwise sad and scary topic. Band members J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jin and Jimin joined White House press secretary Karine […]

Teachers respond to fire in S.F.’s Western Addition

Cecily Ina-Lee stood in the recess yard at Rosa Parks Elementary School in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood May 13 when a colleague told her smoke was rising from an apartment complex behind the school. The Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program teacher quickly dialed 911. Ina-Lee ran toward the building, located at 10 Inca Lane, “to […]

Exhibit promotes ‘accepting’ Queer Nikkei in S.F.’s JA community

In December 2021, Elena Nielsen, a Japanese American Citizens League San Francisco chapter board member and Japantown Rainbow Coalition member, approached Tomo Hirai to help solicit support for the JACL’s LGBTQ Pride flag raising project. It will celebrate Pride next month in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza. In asking for support from the National Japanese […]

Ohtani powers Angels to victory on Nichi Bei Day

The Nichi Bei Foundation held its annual Nichi Bei Day with the Oakland A’s on May 15. The A’s hosted the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Coliseum, and the game featured the reigning American League MVP for the Angels, Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani has marveled fans as a two-way star in the Major Leagues as […]

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 […]

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