San Jose Taiko reflects upon its evolution in community-centered arts

As the iconic San Jose Taiko approaches their 45th anniversary concert later this month, the Nichi Bei Weekly caught up with Executive Director Wisa Uemura and Artistic Director Franco Imperial via e-mail to discuss the group’s transition from its founding pioneers, their approach to creative collaborations, and what the future has in store for the […]

Former Orinda doctor who lost his license sentenced for child pornography

A former orthopedic surgeon from Orinda was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco Sept. 5 to seven years in prison for transporting child pornography while returning from a trip to Thailand in 2016. John D. Warbritton III, 64, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer. Warbritton pleaded guilty before Breyer in May to […]

Federal Judge denies Temporary Restraining Order in Tulelake Airport sale

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Aug. 27, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in Sacramento, issued an 18-page order denying, without prejudice, the Tule Lake Committee’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to put on hold the City of Tulelake’s decision to sell the Tulelake Municipal Airport, which occupies 358 acres […]

Son of Union City police chief arrested in Manteca assault of 71-year-old Sikh man

The 18-year-old son of an East Bay police chief was arrested the morning of Aug. 8 on suspicion of assaulting a 71-year-old Sikh man in a case that the Manteca Police Department is investigating as a possible hate crime. Around 6 a.m. Aug. 6, the victim was walking in the vicinity of Graystone Park, listed […]

Justice Department decries, local governments praise sanctuary cities ruling

A federal appeals court upheld an injunction Aug. 1 protecting San Francisco and Santa Clara County from a presidential executive order that threatened to withhold federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said by a 2-1 vote that the 2017 order by […]

Noted playwright Wakako Yamauchi dies

Wakako Yamauchi, a pioneering Japanese American writer, poet and playwright, died at her home in Gardena, Calif, on Aug. 16, 2018. She was 93. Her first play, 1977’s “And the Soul Shall Dance,” shed light on “the harsh realities of the early 20th century immigrant experience” and was commissioned by the Los Angeles-based East West […]

NPS awards $1.5 million in grants for preservation of JA confinement sites

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service on Aug. 21 announced more than $1.5 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants. The money will fund “preservation, restoration, and education projects related to the detainment of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government during World War II,” the NPS said in a statement. These projects will help tell […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: JA ‘godmother of redress’ was an internationally esteemed community-builder

Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, who passed away on July 18, 2018, was not a household name, even among Japanese Americans. Yet her place in history as “godmother of Japanese American redress” seems secure. A one-woman research team, she spent years combing through the National Archives and other government document centers in search of material on the […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Remembering ‘miracle worker’ Herzig Yoshinaga’s relentless hunt for truth

I am very saddened by the death of a dear friend, Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga. Of course, it wasn’t a total surprise, since she was in her 90s and had been ill, and at that age, it could happen at anytime. But losing friends and close ones is always hard. She was a wonderful and exceptional […]

Police investigating possible murder-suicide

Police in San Francisco are investigating the possibility of a murder-suicide after two sisters were found dead the evening of Aug. 8 at the Tenderloin apartment they shared, police said. Around 5:25 p.m., officers responded to an apartment in the 200 block of Turk Street after relatives of the victims contacted police to ask that […]

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