FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: A few of my favorite things

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Have you begun to ponder holiday gifts for your friends and family? How about genealogy gifts and gadgets from or for your favorite family historian? Consider the following gifts FOR the genealogy geek in the family: A scanner for digitally preserving photos and documents. There are […]

Pregnant? Planning to become pregnant? Get vaccinated against COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic, I have been treating pregnant patients at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. Before the vaccines, there were a lot of unknowns and people were worried. But today, I recommend the COVID-19 vaccines to my pregnant patients. I tell them it is part of taking good care of themselves […]

Wilma Chan’s chief of staff appointed to fill her seat on board of supervisors

OAKLAND — Following the untimely death of Supervisor Wilma Chan, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 16 appointed Chan’s former Chief of Staff Dave Brown to replace her. Brown will serve the remaining 14 months of Chan’s current term. Chan died in a collision with a vehicle in Alameda on the morning of […]

Bill Nishimura, vocal Tule Lake resister, dies at 101

Toru “Bill” Nishimura, a former Tule Lake civil rights fighter, passed away on Oct. 19, 2021 at the age of 101. Nishimura was born in Compton, Calif., when the area was still farmland. He was the middle child of Tomio and Sada Ito Nishimura, both from Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, the […]

S.F. Supe proposes naming Japantown pedestrian mall after late artist Ruth Asawa

San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston this week proposed naming Japantown’s Buchanan Mall after the famed and late artist Ruth Asawa. Asawa, who was of Japanese descent, is known for her bold metal and wire sculptures — located in public spaces throughout the city and various other cities like Oakland, San Jose, and St. Helena. Some […]

S.F. JACL shifts gears during pandemic, distributes safety alarms to seniors

Elena Nielsen hopes to raise an LGBTQ Pride flag next May in San Francisco’s Japantown. The San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, of which Nielsen is a new board member, is pursuing the project. Nielsen has “had this dream of seeing the pride flag raised in S.F. Japantown, representing our queer Nikkei […]

Supervisor Chan called ‘north star,’ ‘trailblazer’ by other Bay Area leaders

ALAMEDA — “North star,” “trailblazer,” and “one of our strongest leaders” are some of the terms Bay Area elected officials used Nov. 3 to describe Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, who died after being struck and killed by a car the morning of Nov. 3 in Alameda. Police responded just after 8 a.m. to Shoreline […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: A country can be changed by a bouquet of flowers

一 (Hito, ichi) means “one.” This number indicates one finger. (Taba) means “bunch.” This word symbolizes wood or flowers tied with string. 花 (Hana) means ”flower.” The top portion of the character represents a plant, the left side represents a person and the right represents a person who is upside down. 国 (Kuni) means “country.” […]

Remembering Wilma Chan

On November 3, 2021, Supervisor Wilma Chan of Alameda County was struck and killed by a car while walking her dog. This heartbreaking news is hard felt not only by Chan’s immediate family and her supporters and colleagues in Alameda County, but for many of us in the API community. Chan was elected to the […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Rethinking ‘By Order of the President’

In my Aug. 19, 2021 column of the Nichi Bei Weekly, I commemorated the 20th anniversary of the publication of my first book, “By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans,” by recounting the origins and development of the project — first as a dissertation, then as a published volume. I […]

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