Executive director change at Densho signals new generation of JA leadership

When Tom Ikeda got together with a small group of volunteers in 1996 to start Densho, he was considered a young upstart within the Japanese American community. Now, 26 years on, he is passing on the reigns of an organization that has become one of the most authoritative resources of Japanese American wartime history. The […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Not really a nut

I used to have those childhood sandwiches with that creamy spread from the favorite legume of most children, the Arachis genus, the humble peanut, many times a week. I think most of you are aware that the peanut isn’t a nut at all — actually, foods in the nut family like walnuts, almonds and pecans […]

Praise for Topaz Museum’s Jane Beckwith

Dear Editor, The letter writer who wrote that Jane Beckwith should be replaced is way out of line. I maintain that if it wasn’t for Jane B. there probably wouldn’t even be a Topaz Museum! Instead of calling for her resignation, we should be thinking about holding a huge banquet in her honor. Fred M. Shinoda […]

Plumas Unified suspends assistant principal/athletic director to probe ‘potential misconduct’

The Plumas Unified School District has suspended Quincy High School’s assistant principal and athletic director, Jason Hawkins, to investigate “potential misconduct” since he joined the school in 2018. The suspension follows an EdSource report on Sept. 8 that Hawkins sexually and racially harassed players when he coached San Jose State’s baseball team in 2017. Plumas […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: How to maintain a good heart at all times

常 (Tsune) means “always.” This character’s top lines indicate the roof of a house, a window and steam coming out of the vents of the house. The bottom lines indicate a person who is wearing an apron. Together, this character shows a person cooking with a calm heart. 良 (Yoki) means “good.” This character represents […]

S.F. Taiko Dojo to move out, but plans to keep drumming

As donations continue to pour into San Francisco Taiko Dojo’s GoFundMe fundraiser, its leaders are looking for a sustainable future for the storied taiko performance group and school. Ryuma Tanaka, son of Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, broke the news to group members Aug. 7 that they had been asked to vacate their South San Francisco studio […]

Hate crimes alleged in robberies of Sacramento Asian women

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A man and a teenager arrested in connection with robberies that targeted Asian women in Sacramento are now facing hate crime allegations, police said. Sacramento County prosecutors this week added a hate crime enhancement to robbery charges filed against both suspects, who have been in custody since June, the Sacramento Police Department […]

California to launch new anti hate initiative with a focus on healing

Hate crimes and hate-related incidents have been on the rise in recent years, prompting fear and anger across communities. But according to experts and civil rights advocates more public engagement — not increased policing — is key to addressing the issue. And, they say, raising public awareness is a critical step toward individual and communal […]

Sixth annual Nichi Bei Day of Giving fundraiser Sept. 5

Livestream Web-a-thon to feature the best of the ‘Nichi Bei Café,’ staff and board, and more The public is invited to join in on the sixth annual Nichi Bei Day of Giving Web-a-thon on Monday, Sept. 5, from 3 to 6 p.m., to benefit the Nichi Bei Foundation and its cultural programs. The first $50,000 […]

On memorializing James Wakasa

Mr. Wakasa was shot by a guard while walking his dog along the perimeter of the fence at the Topaz, Utah concentration camp.  Other prisoners created a half-ton, five-foot high, concrete monument to honor Mr. Wakasa and commemorate his death. I assume they created the monument by making a mould in the ground and filling […]

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