Annual concentration camp pilgrimage salient to politics 50 years on

LOS ANGELES — After being expelled from university for “inciting a riot,” fighting for African Americans’ civil rights and protesting the Vietnam War, Warren Furutani decided it was time to galvanize a Japanese American community which had experienced mass incarceration two decades earlier. Just 22 years old at the time of the first pilgrimage to […]

A brief history of Japanese American basketball in the Bay Area

First QuarterUnlike baseball, which was introduced to Japan by the United States in 1873 and played by the immigrant Issei, Japanese American basketball was a predominantly Nisei sport and truly a Japanese American phenomenon. Basketball in the Japanese American community started gaining popularity in the 1920s with recreational teams forming wherever there were significant numbers […]

Google honors late Nisei artist Ruth Asawa with Doodle

Kicking off the start of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Google honored the late Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa with its May 1 online Doodle at google.com. The image featured the Google logo rendered in the fashion of Asawa’s iconic wire sculptures, with Asawa working on the sculpture. Accompanying the Doodle, Google published a biographical […]

CAAMFest presents nuanced personal stories

The Center for Asian American Media’s CAAMFest 2019 returns to the Bay Area May 9, and includes venues in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. The following short films screen in San Francisco. ‘Period Girl’Any number of documentaries could be made about Nadya Okamoto. At 21 years old, she’s already co-founded a nonprofit with more than […]

S.F. Cherry Blossom Festival crowns naginata practitioner Yuki Nishimura queen

San Francisco’s 52nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival crowned its 2019 queen April 13 during the ceremony held at the AMC Kabuki 8 in the city’s Japantown. The program, emceed by KTVU Fox 2 reporter Jana Katsuyama and Devin Katayama, host of KQED’s “The Bay” podcast, had Nami Katie Saito, Elena Anne Harumi Nielsen, NaOmi Leilani […]

Japanese Americans gather in Texas to protest family detention at border

CRYSTAL CITY, Texas — More than 60 people from across the United States participated in a historical pilgrimage to Texas from March 29 to April 1 that included a memorial service at the former World War II Crystal City Department of Justice camp, a protest rally at the Dilley Detention Center, a meeting with Texas […]

Ichiro announces retirement, sent off with ovation

TOKYO — Iconic Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki, who has more hits in professional baseball than any other Japanese player, walked away from his career to thunderous applause on March 21 “When I look back on it, 28 years doesn’t seem that long a time,” he said after the game. “It’s impossible to review every step […]

Ichiro’s final bow

TOKYO, Japan — Over four games here in Japan, Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-12. He got on base once with a walk, struck out twice with a runner on second, and still, when it was all over, the crowd went crazy. For some time, the 45-year-old said he intended to keep playing until he needed to […]

Filmmakers warn U.S. should not repeat grave mistakes of World War II

Filmgoers packed New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown for the eighth annual Films of Remembrance film showcase presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation Feb. 23. With the rise of xenophobic rhetoric and federal policies President Donald Trump’s administration has enacted through family separation and the travel ban from Muslim majority countries, the films warned […]

S.F.’s Cherry Blossom Queen Program candidates address JA identity

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program presented its 2019 queen candidates during its annual preview March 10 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program, a highlight of the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, will take place April 13 at the AMC Kabuki 8. The candidates are: Nami Katie […]

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