Health

LET’S TALK: About love

For most of us, our first experience of being loved occurred in our home. As children, we took such things for granted or we didn’t recognize it when someone was expressing their love for us. For those who received an abundant supply, being loved may have been just an ordinary every day experience. But those […]

FIGHT FOR MIKE: 19-year-old Michael Sakata’s battle against leukemia

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Despite the scorching 100-degree weather, Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes and former Sacramento Kings point guard Bobby Jackson joined about 45 other people to play in a golf tournament at the Woodcreek Golf Club in Roseville, Calif. on June 30 to raise money for 19-year-old leukemia patient Michael Sakata. Barnes, who […]

Multiracial, multiethnic patients struggle to find marrow matches

Because Michael Sakata is of Japanese and Mexican ancestry, the need for new donors to register is crucial. Unlike blood donations, bone marrow matches depend more on the ethnicity of the individual donating their marrow and the individual receiving the transplant. According to Carol Gillespie, Asian American Donor Program’s executive director, it will be difficult […]

LET’S TALK: About Day of Remembrance

It’s only been in recent years that people have been able to talk about the incarceration of our Japanese American community during World War II as a form of “trauma.” Filtered through government language that disguised and diminished the harm inflicted, our own community has struggled for decades to actually name what happened to us […]

LET’S TALK: About coping with stress

You may notice that some days just go along quite smoothly, and you hardly notice any emotional or physical discomfort. Other days, you may find yourself feeling agitated, irritable and even a little sick, or on the other hand, excited, exuberant and anxious. These may just be the normal ups and downs of life, or […]

LET’S TALK: About Depression

Feeling blue, sad, lethargic or unmotivated can be a transient mood that comes with disappointing news, such as not getting the job you interviewed for, being turned down for a date, or missing someone who has moved away. “Situational depression” is a normal response to difficult situations and down moods tends to dissipate with time […]

Battling the stigma of HIV in the API community

Seventeen years ago, Henry Ocampo did not think he would make it past his 25th birthday. A fresh graduate from the University of California, Davis, the young Filipino American was the pride and joy of his family. None of them knew his status. As an HIV prevention worker, Ocampo knew the risks. Although his then-partner […]

Keiro celebrates 50 years of caring for Nikkei seniors in Southern California

LOS ANGELES — Keiro Senior HealthCare, the largest nonprofit health care organization serving older Japanese Americans, is celebrating its 50th year of enhancing the quality of life for seniors in the Nikkei community. One in five Japanese Americans is over age 65, almost twice the national average. As the number of senior citizens increases, Keiro, […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: An overlooked killer

Kimochi Inc., a San Francisco Japantown-based nonprofit that provides culturally sensitive care to San Francisco’s seniors, invited the Alzheimer’s Association to present on the disease during a community event. Through a PowerPoint presentation at an event held in Japantown July 18, Edie Yau, director of diversity and inclusion for the association, described the disease, which […]

Judo master, 98, is of healthy mind and spirit

Keiko Fukuda, at the age of 98, continues to practice judo, an art she has honed for more than 70 years. While she is often confined to a wheelchair, following a health checkup in May, her doctor described her as healthy as can be. According to her friend and caregiver, Shelley Fernandez, Fukuda has survived […]

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