Community News

Sheltering-in-place in a senior residential facility

Retirees Kiyoshi and Tazuko Naito once led busy lives, visiting Japan twice a year, going on cruises, attending Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants games, visiting museums and dining in restaurants several times a month. However, the coronavirus pandemic has hampered the couple’s lifestyle, which Kiyoshi Naito, 86, described in an e-mail to the Nichi […]

Japanese American cookbooks as primary sources

I received my first cookbook from my Sansei mentor. “Asian Cookbook” had a sumi-e painting of winter matsutake (pine mushroom) and ripe fuyu persimmons on its cover, a chunky plastic comb binding, and ran an astonishing 429 pages. It was sold as a fundraiser for the Japanese American Services of the East Bay sometime in […]

Artist and activist traci kato-kiriyama overcomes breast cancer

LOS ANGELES — traci kato-kiriyama, director and co-founder of Tuesday Night Project, which presents Tuesday Night Café, the longest-running Asian American-produced public arts series in the country, was extremely busy as an award-winning artist, community organizer and cultural producer when she faced a big jolt — she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2016. […]

Caregiver stress and support

Family caregiving spans across all generations and communities, including, but not limited to baby boomers, Gen X, Gen Z, millennials, LGBTQ+ and the silent generation. According to AARP’s “2020 Report on Caregiving in the U.S.,” more than one in five Americans have cared for an adult or child with special needs at some time in […]

Protecting against elder abuse

In California we have federal as well as state elder abuse laws that protect persons 65 years and older. These laws have been created to protect elders, as well as adults with disabilities, from abuse by others. Abuse can take many forms, including but not limited to physical abuse, like hitting, kicking and pushing. It […]

Preventing falls

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: • One in four Americans age 65 and older falls each year. • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. • Falls are the leading cause of […]

Ikigai during a pandemic

This time of year usually marks the height of the annual fair, festival and bazaar circuit, when Nikkei families and friends travel near and far to get their “fix” of favorites, such as teriyaki burgers, “the best” teriyaki chicken, steaming bowls of udon or manju with a modern twist. For many, annual cultural and community […]

Mourning from a distance comes at a cost: patience

The coronavirus pandemic has endangered the lives of millions worldwide, putting the elderly, in particular, at risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website, eight out of 10 adults in the United States who have died from the virus were 65 years old or older. The pandemic has deprived families from being […]

Q-and-A with longtime activist and mentor Alan Nishio

Editor’s Note: This Q-and-A-format interview was originally posted on the Manzanar Committee’s blog prior to the 2020 virtual Manzanar Pilgrimage. https://manzanarcommittee.org/2020/04/25/nishio-q Alan Nishio, who is the keynote speaker for our 2020 Virtual Manzanar Pilgrimage, was awarded the Manzanar Committee’s 2017 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Award for his leadership during the Redress Movement in the 1980s, along […]

L.A.’s Japanese Community Pioneer Center founded out of necessity

LOS ANGELES — The Japanese Community Pioneer Center was established out of necessity, to serve older Japanese Americans who had endured decades of racial discrimination and had re-established their lives after returning from World War II concentration camps, the center’s chairman of the board Haru Takehana explained. “In 1964, after the United States Congress passed […]

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