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Last Bilingual Japanese Newspaper in SF ‘Suspends’ Operations

The recent closure of two bilingual Japanese American newspapers reflects not only demographic shifts in the community but also a time of reinvention for newspapers serving the Japanese American community, according to ethnic media experts. With its last issue Oct. 30, the Hokubei Mainichi became the second bilingual Japanese American newspaper in Northern California to […]

San Jose Police Beating Stirs Distrust and Resentment

On Oct. 24, the San Jose Mercury News released the video of a San Jose State math major getting beaten and stunned with a taser by the San Jose Police Department in his home on Sept. 3, 2009. Police were called to the scene after 20-year-old Phuong Ho allegedly wielded a knife during an altercation […]

THE POWER OF WORDS REVISITED: ‘Concentration Camps’ and ‘Internment Camps’

Note: The following is the second part of a series on the terminology used to describe the incarceration of Nikkei during WWII. The first piece, which focused on two specific terms — “evacuation” and “relocation” — appeared in the Nichi Bei Times Weekly July 23-29, 2009 (www.nichibeitimes.com). Some people have told me the problem with […]

Working Out the Right Way: Fitness Tips for Seniors

No one has found the Fountain of Youth for senior citizens yet but there is an alternative for those trying to turn back the clock: exercise. Medical study after medical study after medical study have found that a regular exercise program can stave off the risk of a variety of ailments — from diabetes to […]

APIS LIVING WITH HIV: Suffering, Stigma and Survival

In the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, “Miss E” talks about being an HIV-positive Asian American. “I was at death’s door when I was diagnosed. Of course it’s devastating to find out you have AIDS,” she said. Miss E has the kind of remarkable life you could base a movie on. Her Japanese mother died […]

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 […]

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