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Stanford’s Hoji Shinbun project digitizes prewar Japanese American newspapers

Persons interested in preserving Japanese American history from the late 19th century to 1945 will have the opportunity to do the research, thanks to Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Their Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection project is an ambitious effort to digitize all prewar Japanese newspapers in America, as well as other collections. This will make data […]

Ethnic media outlets discuss intersections of ‘Exclusion’

The Presidio Trust and New America Media held a panel discussion among San Francisco Bay Area ethnic media outlets Oct. 5 at the Presidio Officers’ Club in San Francisco’s Presidio. The panel, entitled “Your Voice Matters” featured ethnic media leaders from a variety of ethnicities and reflected on their respective communites’ parallels to the “Exclusion: […]

APAs gain seats on election day

Several Asian Pacific Americans won their bids for political office during the Nov. 7 election. Ravi Bhalla was elected as mayor of Hoboken, N.J. according to NJ.com. Bhalla faced discrimination attacking him for his Sikh faith during the campaign. Similarly, Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel also won seats to the Edison, N.J. school board despite […]

New America Media, which empowered ethnic media, to close

The board of directors and staff of the nonprofit New America Media, and its parent organization, Pacific News Service, announced in a statement Nov. 1 that the two entities will cease operations by Nov. 30. “Long before terms like civic engagement, youth media, collaborative reporting, and inclusive journalism were in vogue, PNS and NAM were […]

Nikkei recount their escape from NorCal’s rampaging fires

Fires have ravaged part of Northern California since the Tubbs, Nuns and Atlas fires started the night of Oct. 8. The deadly firestorm has since been almost fully contained as of Oct. 25, but not before dozens of deaths and thousands of structures were burned to the ground. According to Cal Fire, as of Oct. […]

Japanese ‘wine king’ exhibit lost in California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Gingerly stepping over melted bottles and charred debris that was once Paradise Ridge Winery’s tasting room and event hall, owners Sonia Byck-Barwick and her brother Rene Byck searched for a samurai sword in the rubble left after one of the worst wildfires in California’s history swept the area. For the last […]

Minami Tamaki LLP recognized by Asian Pacific Fund for leadership in philanthropy

In recognition of their decades of commitment to Asian Pacific American community concerns and philanthropic endeavors, the Minami Tamaki LLP law firm — rooted in historic legal cases such as overturning the World War II conviction of civil rights icon Fred Korematsu for resisting relocation orders — were presented the Leadership in Philanthropy Award by […]

Sonoma fire claims last remnant of Nagasawa winery

The Tubbs Fire in the Sonoma County city of Santa Rosa, Calif. on Oct. 9 claimed the last remnant of the Fountaingrove Winery pioneered by Kanaye Nagasawa, as well as the adjacent Paradise Ridge Winery that housed an exhibit dedicated to the Japanese immigrant pioneer once called the “Wine King” of California by locals and […]

Japanese Americans throughout Northern California rediscover their roots

On Oct. 7, some 160 people throughout Northern California boarded buses from San Francisco, Emeryville, San Jose and Sacramento to make a trek to the site of the former Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony — the first sizable settlement of Japanese in America — located in Placerville, Calif. The pilgrimage, led by the Nichi […]

Fundraiser launched for family of woman killed at Vegas shooting

A close friend of one of the victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting has launched an online fundraiser to support Nicol Kimura’s family. News outlets have reported that Stephen Paddock shot and killed 58 people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival and injured hundreds from his Mandalay Bay hotel room, before […]

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