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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 […]

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 […]

Coalition opposes Athletics’ plan to build new stadium

OAKLAND, Calif. — A coalition of neighborhood groups, small business owners and Laney College students and faculty said Sept. 19 that it opposes the Oakland Athletics’ plan to build a new baseball stadium near Laney. Members of the “Stay the Right Way Coalition” said at a news conference and rally that the project, which they […]

Suspect arrested in connection with May crash that killed 18-year-old

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a May crash in Fremont that killed a high school student who was returning home from her prom, police said this afternoon. Robert Carroll, 22, was arrested Sept. 22 and is now in the Santa Rita Jail, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of committing gross […]

Man who robbed elderly victims sentenced to 327-years-to life in prison

A 60-year-old man has been sentenced to 327-years-to-life in prison for a series of violent residential burglaries that targeted the elderly in San Francisco’s Chinatown and Japantown neighborhoods in 2014, prosecutors said Sept. 6. German Woods Jr., of San Francisco, was found guilty on all 16 counts of residential burglary, inflicting injury on an elder […]

New book helps to make San Jose’s Japantown more accessible

After some 15 years on a volunteer project, pouring over hundreds of photographs for a seminal volume on San Jose’s Japantown, you would think that it would be easy to walk away once that project was complete. But not for Japantown photographer and businessman James “Jim” Nagareda. A new opportunity arose to further document the […]

19-year-old assault suspect targeted Asian women

A San Francisco man has been arrested in connection with a series of brutal assaults against Asian women that took place in the city’s Bayview and Ingleside districts, police said Sept. 1. Agustin Garcia, 19, was arrested on suspicion of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, battery with serious injuries, terrorist threats, […]

First Nichi Bei Day of Giving to raise funds through Sept. 4

In order to raise critically-needed funds, support a small but dedicated staff, and create a reserve fund, the Nichi Bei Foundation has launched its first Nichi Bei Day of Giving now through Monday, Sept. 4. Through Labor Day, a series of online and check donations will be met with matching grants, helping to address the […]

A century of growth

One hundred years ago, Gijiu Kitazawa established the seed company that still bears his name. He first worked as an apprentice for a seed company in Japan before immigrating to the U.S. at the age of 22. In 1916, Gijiu and his brother Buemon started the Kitazawa Brothers Nursery and Seed Company in San Jose, […]

Bone marrow match needed to help save reverend’s life

Japanese American bone marrow donors are needed to potentially save the life of the Rev. Shuichi “Thomas” Kurai, who was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia-lymphoma in January. As is the case with most minority populations, the potential Japanese American donor count in the national marrow and stem cell registry is extremely low. According to Mylanah Yolangco, […]

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