Stanford’s Hoji Shinbun project digitizes prewar Japanese American newspapers

Persons interested in preserving Japanese American history from the late 19th century to 1945 will have the opportunity to do the research, thanks to Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Their Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection project is an ambitious effort to digitize all prewar Japanese newspapers in America, as well as other collections. This will make data […]

Astros player’s racist gesture on display during World Series

Houston Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel will be suspended for the first five games of the 2018 MLB season for making a racist gesture Oct. 27 during the World Series. After hitting a home run off the Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish during Game 3 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Gurriel, 33, brought […]

Nikkei recount their escape from NorCal’s rampaging fires

Fires have ravaged part of Northern California since the Tubbs, Nuns and Atlas fires started the night of Oct. 8. The deadly firestorm has since been almost fully contained as of Oct. 25, but not before dozens of deaths and thousands of structures were burned to the ground. According to Cal Fire, as of Oct. […]

Japanese ‘wine king’ exhibit lost in California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Gingerly stepping over melted bottles and charred debris that was once Paradise Ridge Winery’s tasting room and event hall, owners Sonia Byck-Barwick and her brother Rene Byck searched for a samurai sword in the rubble left after one of the worst wildfires in California’s history swept the area. For the last […]

Minami Tamaki LLP recognized by Asian Pacific Fund for leadership in philanthropy

In recognition of their decades of commitment to Asian Pacific American community concerns and philanthropic endeavors, the Minami Tamaki LLP law firm — rooted in historic legal cases such as overturning the World War II conviction of civil rights icon Fred Korematsu for resisting relocation orders — were presented the Leadership in Philanthropy Award by […]

DUAL BATTLES: Mountain View City Councilwoman fought cancer during campaign

Mountain View City Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga discovered her competitive streak while practicing kendo as a middle schooler. “I’m of the belief that the best offense is a strong defense,” she says, recalling how the martial art taught her to “read” her opponents and anticipate their next move. As an adult, she took that outlook to […]

Japanese American judo legend to visit Japan for 2nd Tokyo Olympics at age 100

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A second-generation Japanese American man who coaches judo in California is hoping to return to Japan for his second Tokyo Olympics in 2020 when he will be 100 years old. Yoshihiro Uchida, who took part in the 1964 Games in Tokyo as coach of the U.S. judo team, still trains judoka […]

Sonoma fire claims last remnant of Nagasawa winery

The Tubbs Fire in the Sonoma County city of Santa Rosa, Calif. on Oct. 9 claimed the last remnant of the Fountaingrove Winery pioneered by Kanaye Nagasawa, as well as the adjacent Paradise Ridge Winery that housed an exhibit dedicated to the Japanese immigrant pioneer once called the “Wine King” of California by locals and […]

Japanese Americans throughout Northern California rediscover their roots

On Oct. 7, some 160 people throughout Northern California boarded buses from San Francisco, Emeryville, San Jose and Sacramento to make a trek to the site of the former Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony — the first sizable settlement of Japanese in America — located in Placerville, Calif. The pilgrimage, led by the Nichi […]

Japanese ICAN member congratulates ‘hibakusha’ for Nobel Peace Prize

TOKYO — A key Japanese member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons congratulated the survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Oct. 9 for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Geneva-based organization. “It is an award for everyone who has worked to eradicate nuclear arms,” Akira Kawasaki, an […]

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