Mineta legacy: Film on Japanese American icon makes its debut

A documentary highlighting the life and career of Norman Yoshio Mineta, the legislator who achieved many firsts for Asians in American politics, will have its world premiere at the Center for Asian American Media’s annual festival Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Co-producer and director Dianne Fukami stated […]

Protesting the injustice of the incarceration

Have you seen “Resistance at Tule Lake” yet? It’s the film by Konrad Aderer that was featured on PBS this past Sunday. It is screening at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival at the California Museum in Sacramento on Saturday, May 26: http://www.sapff.org/2018-festival-programming/. Now there is a link through PBS so the public can view […]

Author Iwao Peter Sano, a Japanese American POW in the Japanese Army during WWII, dies

Iwao Peter Sano, author of “1,000 Days in Siberia: The Odyssey of a Japanese American POW,” passed away April 8 in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 93. In his book, Sano chronicled his life as a dual citizen of the United States and Japan, who was conscripted into the Japanese military during World War II […]

Japanese baseball ‘Iron Man’ Kinugasa, son of African American, dead at 71

TOKYO — Hall of Famer Sachio Kinugasa, whose 2,215 consecutive games remain a Japanese record, died of colon cancer April 23 aged 71, people familiar with the matter said. Nicknamed “Iron Man,” Kinugasa played for the Hiroshima Carp from 1965 to 1987 and was the Central League’s 1984 MVP. He is tied for fifth in […]

Kawauchi becomes first Japanese runner to win Boston Marathon since 1987

BOSTON — Yuki Kawauchi became the first Japanese runner in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon after besting the men on April 16 with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 58 seconds to earn his first World Marathon major title. Kawauchi endured the coldest start in 30 years, strong winds and heavy rain […]

Names of Imperial Army’s Unit 731 released

KYOTO — The National Archives of Japan has disclosed the names of 3,607 members of the Imperial Japanese Army’s notorious Unit 731 that conducted germ warfare experiments mainly on prisoners in China before and during World War II, according to a researcher. Katsuo Nishiyama, professor emeritus of Shiga University of Medical Science, told reporters, “It is […]

Film examines little-known origins of famed 442nd unit

For Yonsei Stacey Hayashi, the effort to preserve the story of the famed all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team is not only a labor of love, but it’s also a part of her family legacy. With a great uncle in the original 100th Battalion, and another in the 442nd — which the 100th morphed into — […]

Nicole Tachiki named 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen

San Francisco’s 51st annual Cherry Blossom Festival crowned its 2018 queen April 14 during the ceremony held at the AMC Kabuki 8 in the city’s Japantown. The program, emceed by KTVU-TV reporter Jana Katsuyama and KGO-TV reporter David Louie, had Lauren Kieva Matsuno, Rachel Mika Kawawaki, Maya Hernandez, Nicole Tachiki and Emiri Sakurai vying for […]

‘Japanese Babe Ruth’ Shohei Ohtani dominant on the mound, at the plate

In his major league pitching debut in Oakland, Calif. and in his home pitching debut in Anaheim, Shohei Ohtani, the highly touted two-way player from Japan, earned the wins as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-4, on April 1 and again, 6-1, on April 8. Sandwiched between his wins, Ohtani belted three […]

Speaking the language of karate for the Tokyo Olympics

As if fluency in both English and Japanese wasn’t enough, Gakuji Tozaki has used a different type of skill as a means to positively express his Japanese American identity. Through karate, the 26-year-old is aiming to represent the country of his birth in the land of his ancestry in the biggest sporting event in the […]

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