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Olympian’s Field of Dreams in Fremont: Kristi Yamaguchi Envisions New Playground in Fremont Hometown

FREMONT, Calif. — Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi’s longtime dream of a playground where children with and without disabilities can play freely together is getting closer to reality. Construction began this summer on the Always Dream PlayPark, located at Central Park in Fremont. It is scheduled to open in early December. “Seeing that construction is […]

Race Relations in the Neighborhood

When I first came to California I was warned to be careful about certain neighborhoods. I didn’t know what it meant until I heard about a tourist being robbed on a quiet street in San Francisco. He was surrounded by a group of little boys between eight to ten years of age each wielding weapons […]

SFSU College of Ethnic Studies Honors Jim Hirabayashi

San Francisco State University’s (SFSU) College of Ethnic Studies hosted an international conference to delve into issues at the heart of the new national dialogue on race that has emerged since the United States elected its first African American president. James A. Hirabayashi, Ph.D., who was the first dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 4)

(Note: The fourth of four parts) For more than 30 years, off of the deck of my house, I have gazed into the beautiful garden of my neighbor next door below me. I observed Rose planting flowers everywhere, tenderly applying soil or pulling unsightly weeds. Years ago she passed away, and her husband did a […]

Nikkei Cultural Views Pose Barriers to Cancer Care

***Article missing in dropbox*** Mavis Nitta knows firsthand how important early detection is when it comes to cancer prevention. “My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so she always says, ‘Make sure you get a mammogram.’ I think I may have a greater risk since she had it,” said Nitta, chronic disease program coordinator at […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 3)

Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) Capital Campaign has already raised 95 percent of its $2,200,000 goal. NLF retired the mortgage on the 1830 Sutter St. building in 2007 and is currently in the process of much needed retrofitting and upgrading. My purpose in writing is to encourage more supporters to find inspiration in the many extraordinary […]

JCYC Celebrates Renovated Building

The Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) hosted a reopening ceremony at its San Francisco’s Japantown building after a year of renovation, presenting to the public its new exterior and a more handicapped-accessible facility. “A lot of people were very surprised with the renovations and how it looks,” said JCYC Executive Director Jon Osaki. “It was […]

OBITUARY: Gina Hotta

Gina Hotta, host of the Apex Express show on Pacifica radio’s KPFA, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 56 on Sept. 28. The longtime community activist collapsed while attending a meeting of the University Professional and Technical Employees to discuss the week’s walkout protest at UC Berkeley, where she worked as […]

New Yu-Ai Kai Executive Director Sees a Bright Future

Sophie Horiuchi-Forrester walks through the Yu-Ai Kai senior services center in San Jose’s Japantown, enthusiastically greeting fellow staff members and seniors in both English and Japanese. It’s clear that she has a knack for connecting with people. This skill has come in handy for Horiuchi-Forrester, who was named the executive director of Yu-Ai Kai in […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 2)

The 1830 Sutter Street building is one of the few and most long-lasting of great Japanese American works destined to convey some knowledge of us to remote posterity. It is not a shrine, not a pagoda, not a garden, and not a bridge. Nor is it a museum or an historical organization looking backward at […]

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