Safekeeping ‘treasures’ and their stories for future generations

  “You can’t take it with you but you can leave it behind with meaning and purpose,” Rosalyn Tonai told a room of more than a dozen people gathered for the “Treasures Revealed” workshop on preserving artifacts from previous generations for the future. The event, held at the Japanese American Citizens League’s (JACL) national headquarters […]

“Ga(wo)man”: On Yuri Kochiyama & Sexism/Patriarchy in Japanese American Culture

  Note: For readers who are not of Nikkei heritage, Gaman means “to persevere through extremely difficult times with patience, grace and dignity.” With March being Women’s Herstory Month, we may assume by inference – if we are to look deep enough together – that January, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November […]

San Francico’s Japantown welcomes new Mayor Ed Lee

An ad hoc committee of San Francisco Japantown’s business and community leaders gathered together on the night of Feb. 22 to welcome and congratulate Mayor Ed Lee, the first Asian American mayor of the city. The event, held in NEW PEOPLE’s Superfrog Gallery, brought together old friends of the new mayor from the community to […]

Japantown BNP organizers to deploy outreach efforts through upcoming meetings

On Feb. 16, the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP) Organizing Committee held its monthly meeting at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The meeting, led by Karen Kai, included subcommittee chairs, members of Japantown’s residential and business communities and Paul Lord of the San Francisco Planning Department.   Finalizing community outreach plans […]

An Urgent Plea for Bone Marrow Donors: You could be the one to save a life

There have been many recent victories in sports and politics (e.g. my hometown San Francisco Giants winning the World Series; Jean Quan elected the first Asian American and female mayor of Oakland), but a real victory would be finding a bone marrow donor match for my dear friend, Sheri, and others (Asians and other ethnic […]

San Jose Day of Remembrance focuses on ‘Fighting Against Fear’

SAN JOSE — Jimi Yamaichi will never forget his long and frustrating battle to join the carpenters union, which turned away Japanese Americans and other Asians before the start of World War II. Yamaichi, director and curator of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, was among several speakers at the 31st annual San Jose […]

OBITUARY: Wally Yonamine

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Former Yomiuri Giants and Chunichi Dragons outfielder Wally Yonamine, the first foreigner to play professional baseball in Japan after World War II, died Feb. 28, 2011 in Honolulu after battling prostate cancer, his family said. He was 85. A former multisport second generation Japanese American who played pro football for the San […]

THE KAERU KID: Managua, Nicaragua is a beautiful town…

The title of this article comes from the opening lyrics to an old popular song by Guy Lombardo. I love the catchy tune, but learned reality is a far cry from the lyrics. The only countries I had not visited in Central America were Nicaragua and Honduras, and plans were made to scratch them off […]

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