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Government of Japan Honors Columbia Professor Takamura

NEW YORK — Professor Jeanette C. Takamura, dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work, has been honored with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for her contributions to the promotion of social welfare policies and programs and the status of Japanese Americans. First awarded in 1875, the Order […]

San Leandro School to Be Named for Civil Rights Icon Fred Korematsu

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — San Leandro High School’s new freshman campus will be named after the late Fred T. Korematsu — who challenged orders to go to a World War II American concentration camp — following a unanimous vote by the school board. “I hope my father’s story will be an inspiration to high school […]

Students Help Families in Honduras Rebuild Lives

Shin Fujiyama will never forget an impoverished 10-year old girl named Juli Marroquin Rodas, whom he first met in the Honduran village of El Progreso in 2005 while volunteering with a college campus group. “She was carrying her baby brother on her back, helping her other brother with his homework and doing math problems herself […]

UC Berkeley’s Honorary Degree Ceremony a Time to Reflect

For most of the approximately 400 students who participated in the University of California Berkeley’s Dec. 13 winter graduation ceremony, the day represented the beginning of an exciting future as college grads. However, for a select group, the day marked a bittersweet end to a painful chapter in their past. Forty-two of the approximately 500 […]

Forum Examines Death and Rebirth of JA Press

A few dozen community members gathered at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco’s Japantown on Dec. 6 to discuss the state of the community’s Japanese American newspapers. The forum — co-sponsored by the Nichi Bei Foundation, the Japanese American National Library, the National Japanese American Historical Society and […]

Grammy Jazz Ensembles Hits Right Note with Student Musician

Trombone player Jon Hatamiya is only in high school, but he’s about to have the unique opportunity to rub shoulders with notable Grammy Award-winning artists. Hatamiya, 17, was one of 28 students from around the country selected from a field of 75 entrants to participate in the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensembles program. He will be […]

Honored: 67 Years Late, UCSF Awards Nikkei with Diplomas

On Dec. 4, Edith Oto received a degree from the School of Nursing at the University of California San Francisco. She also turned 90. The Napa native was one of the 68 former UCSF students who was granted an honorary degree almost 68 years after Executive Order 9066 derailed her education. Diplomas were handed out […]

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Found Dead

California Polytechnic State University junior Charles M. Tamae’s body was found on Dec. 4 at Cerro San Luis, a popular hiking destination in San Luis Obispo, Calif., located less than a mile from campus, city police told the Nichi Bei Weekly. San Luis Obispo Police Department Administrative Captain Chris Stanley said that Tamae was reported […]

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 […]

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