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New UC Admissions Policy Would Hurt African Americans, Asians

The new freshman admission policy will take UC admissions in the wrong direction, and it will seriously affect minority applicants. Earlier this year on the recommendation of President Mark Yudof and the Academic Senate, the University of California Board of Regents adopted a new freshman admission policy. It greatly expands the eligible applicant pool but […]

Nisei Commencement Honors Our Parents and Grandparents, and UC

The following is an excerpt of Patrick Hayashi’s prepared remarks made Dec. 4 at the Nisei honorary degree ceremony at the Robertson Auditorium at the UC San Francisco Mission Bay campus: During our darkest days, UC stood by us. When others treated us harshly, you treated us with kindness. When others persecuted us, you protected […]

Keiko Fukuda’s Lifelong Journey with Judo

Judo’s highest-ranked woman, Keiko Fukuda, traveled from San Francisco to Tokyo during the last week of October to be honored at the Kodokan Judo Institute’s annual judo kata competition. The 96-year-old judoka was also honored at a reception and press event that was held two days after the competition, said filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer, who […]

Back in J-Town, Barons Reflect on Yesteryear

The lines on their faces may have increased with each passing year, but old familiarities shined through as social groups that emerged after World War II recently gathered to reunite in their old stomping grounds of San Francisco’s Japantown. “It’s hard to believe how we all aged,” said Shig Yabu, 77, who now resides in […]

NISEI COLLEGE DIPLOMAS: Making Good on a 67-Year-Old Promise

The California Nisei College Diploma Project is sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program in cooperation with Union Bank. Our job, our task, our responsibility is to assist colleges and universities in identifying their Nisei college diploma recipients, wherever they or their families may be. I would like to thank Assemblymember Warren Furutani […]

Youngest Openly Gay Asian American Mayor in Nation Elected in Campbell

CAMPBELL (Bay City News Service) — Campbell Vice Mayor Evan Low made history on Dec. 1 by becoming the country’s youngest openly gay mayor. Chosen by his fellow council members to fill the mayoral seat, Low, 26, is also the country’s youngest Asian American mayor, he said. He replaces current Mayor Jane Kennedy. Low said […]

UCSF Nisei Commencement Ceremony

On July 16, 2009, the University of California Board of Regents agreed to grant special honorary degrees to Japanese American students who were enrolled at the University of California but were forced to leave because of their incarceration during World War II. Ceremonies to award the degrees have been scheduled at the four campuses in […]

‘Ukulele Strikes a Chord with San Jose Japantown Music Instructor

Originally trained as a computer hardware programmer, Rodney Takahashi has turned his passion for the ‘ukulele into a successful career as a music instructor. Takahashi teaches lessons at his store, Ukulele Jams, at 565 North Sixth Street in San Jose’s Japantown. The classes cover ‘ukulele picking, strumming and music theory. Takahashi, who originally operated his […]

Seeking Nisei Honorees for the California Nisei College Diploma Project

More than 2,500 students of Japanese ancestry are estimated to have been in California colleges and universities during World War II, with the Nisei — or second-generation Japanese Americans — comprising the largest number. Assembly Bill 37, authored by California state Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach), bestows honorary degrees to Japanese Americans, living or deceased, […]

Seven Decades Late, Japanese Americans to Get their College Diplomas

Prominent members of the Nikkei community gathered in San Francisco’s Japantown on Nov. 12 to address “unfinished business” and announce a statewide project to confer honorary degrees to former students of Japanese descent who were forced out of college campuses nearly seven decades ago. Run by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, […]

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