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Pilgrimage remembers 150 years after Wakamatsu Colony established

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Along a curved dirt path, sat a historical white farmhouse site surrounded by patches of green grass. The site was the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony farmhouse. Inside, the historic site contained photos and informational graphics about the first Japanese colony in the United States that were on view for the […]

Census experts, youth advocates tackle getting California’s kids counted: Contest enlists students’ help in getting their families counted, too

With millions of dollars of federal funding on the line statewide, a gathering of youth serving organizations, community activists, city and census officials and ethnic media met to brainstorm how to ensure that the youngest members of the population — especially kids 4 and younger — get counted in the 2020 census next year. “The […]

Hiroshima survivor trees planted at S.F.’s Japanese Tea Garden

Two saplings, descendants of ginkgo biloba trees that survived the 1945 nuclear blast over Hiroshima, were planted Sept. 20 at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The trees were planted during a ceremony that also honored former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Dame Charlotte Malliard Shultz for their advocacy around nuclear […]

Glendale, Calif. ‘comfort woman’ statue vandalized again

LOS ANGELES — A controversial statue in Southern California depicting a hanbok-wearing Korean girl who symbolizes the so-called “comfort women” forced to serve in brothels during Japanese colonization has been defaced for the second time this summer, according to police. A suspect vandalized the copper statue using a black marker and knocked over surrounding potted […]

Hundreds of Nikkei gather in S.F. for biennial international conference

More than 250 Nikkei from around the world gathered in San Francisco Sept. 20-22 for COPANI XX San Francisco, an international conference focusing on people of Japanese descent living in the Americas. Nikkei from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and other countries joined Japanese Americans for the two-day program to listen to each other’s experiences […]

S.F. Rec and Park Commission approves renaming Julius Kahn Playground

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission on Sept. 19 voted unanimously to rename a park whose previous namesake was a local congressman who was instrumental in extending a racist law more than a century ago. Julius Kahn Playground, located at West Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street in the Presidio Heights neighborhood, will now be […]

S.F. Park Commission committee recommends new name for Julius Kahn Playground

A San Francisco parks commission committee recommended Sept. 5 a new name for Julius Kahn Playground, park department officials said. The operations committee for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission recommended Presidio Wall Playground as the new name. Last year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to change the name of the playground. […]

Arts center on hold while commercial developments move forward

SAN JOSE — As San Jose’s Japantown finally sees construction begin at the site of the city’s former Corporation Yard and its historic Chinatown, community members expressed hope as the long-delayed project is now pouring concrete. Part of the development, however, has been put on hold, with costs becoming too high to move forward on […]

Four S.F. J-Town establishments approved for Legacy Business Registry

Four San Francisco Japantown establishments — Kinmon Gakuen, Nichi Bei Foundation, National Japanese American Historical Society and Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop — were among eight businesses and nonprofit organizations unanimously approved by the San Francisco Small Business Commission for the city’s Legacy Business Registry at the Commission’s meeting Aug. 12. The Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses […]

SF: Man killed in 1 of 3 separate Aug. 10 shootings identified

One person died and five others were hospitalized Aug. 10 following three separate shootings throughout San Francisco, police said Aug. 12. The first shooting occurred around 1:40 a.m. near Post and Fillmore streets, when a suspect allegedly shot at a victim, described as a 20-year-old man. The suspect then grabbed the victim’s wallet and fled […]

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