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Oregon prison’s healing garden offers renewed perspective

In 2014, Johnny Cofer, who is incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Ore. told the institution’s activities director, Patrice Lans, he would love to see a Japanese garden and koi pond outside in the yard of the facility. At the Oregon State Penitentiary, there is an activities department, consisting of 11 clubs, one […]

Layoffs by community legal center spark controversy

LOS ANGELES — The sudden decision by one of the nation’s leading Asian American civil rights and legal services organizations to lay off 19 of its employees on Oct. 7, because of what it stated was a financial crisis, has led to protests by the staff and former employees amid accusations that the organization had […]

Canadian architect says Japanese roots shaped his aesthetic

TOKYO — For Raymond Moriyama, an award-winning Canadian architect of Japanese descent, the lessons of culture and community he takes from his ancestry formed the foundation of his aesthetics and architectural designs. He often sought inspiration and solutions from childhood memories, including his days spent at an incarceration camp during World War II, when he […]

Japanese American man found stabbed in Orange County dies

TUSTIN, Calif. — Detectives are searching for a murder suspect after a Japanese American man was found stabbed on a street in Tustin and later died, the city’s police department announced Dec. 10. The victim has been identified as David Nakaki, a 62-year-old resident of the neighborhood in Tustin where he was attacked at about […]

Wartime documents shed light on gov’t role in recruiting ‘comfort women’

TOKYO — The Imperial Japanese Army asked the government to provide one “comfort woman” for every 70 soldiers, according to documents reviewed by Kyodo News on Dec. 6 that shed new light on the wartime practice of forcing women into military brothels. The documents were collected by the Cabinet Secretariat between April 2017 and March […]

First of 10 public artworks along future Central Subway line installed

With construction on San Francisco’s Central Subway expected to be completed next year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced this week that the first piece of public artwork along the line has been installed. The piece, called Microcosmic, is a stainless steel wind-activated kinetic sculpture mounted on a 40-foot light pole near Fourth and […]

Asian Americans, other minorities still underrepresented in voter rolls

More than 3 million additional Californians will be able to cast a ballot in the upcoming presidential primary thanks to a groundswell of interest that has built up over the past three years. But voting rights activists are still worried about the persistent, and in some cases extremely large, gaps in voter participation based on […]

Akashi-Kama: A mixture of Japanese aesthetic and modern American streetwear

It took a trip to Japan to inspire Alec Nakashima, a former product manager for a tech company, to create a clothing brand that reflects his identity: feeling both Japanese and American. Nakashima went on the Japanese American Citizens League’s Kakehashi grassroots exchange program to Japan in March 2018. He was in awe of the […]

Missing cadet found dead

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet Kade Kurita, 20, from Gardena, Calif., was found dead Oct. 22 at 9:47 p.m. at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy said in a statement. “We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita’s family and friends” Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, 60th superintendent, U.S. […]

Okinawa castle at World Heritage site destroyed in predawn fire

NAHA, Japan — The main buildings of a castle at a World Heritage site in Okinawa, regarded as a symbol of the southern Japanese prefecture, burned to the ground in a predawn fire Oct. 31, with the blaze finally suppressed hours later. The fire started just before 2:40 a.m. at Shuri Castle, one of Okinawa’s […]

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