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MORE THAN A HILL OF BEANS: Hodo Soy Beanery Opens New Factory in West Oakland

OAKLAND — Dressed in a bright yellow plastic apron and blue-striped engineer’s cap, Minh Tsai, the founder of Hodo Soy Beanery, is leading a tour of his company’s new West Oakland factory. With one hand, he presents a palmful of re-hydrated organic soybeans, and with the other he gestures enthusiastically to the large silver soymilk […]

Hokubei Mainichi, the Last Bilingual JA Newspaper in Northern Calif., to Close

The Hokubei Mainichi Newspaper, one of only two Japanese American bilingual newspapers left in California, will halt publication after its Oct. 30 issue, said Hokubei President and CEO Don Yamate in a statement that was posted on the newspaper’s Website late Oct. 27 and printed in their Oct. 28 issue. The newspaper’s board of directors […]

MUNI Fight Spurs Discussion Between Asian and Black Leaders

(Bay City News) — A fight between two women on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus earlier this month has prompted a discussion among community leaders about how to reduce tensions between the city’s Asian and African American communities. On Oct. 26, community leaders hosted a panel discussion and media roundtable to examine the underlying […]

Nikkei Reflect on ‘What it Means to be a Japanese American Woman’

When community members at this year’s Mountain View Obon Bazaar and Festival were asked to explain what it means to be Japanese American, the responses were as diverse as the community itself. To some, their Nikkei experience and identity is formed by the injustices of wartime incarceration that tens of thousands of persons of Japanese […]

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 […]

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