Turlock Assembly Center dedication held May 1 to honor former internees

TURLOCK, Calif. — With former internees in attendance, a memorial marking the site of the Turlock Assembly Center was dedicated on May 1. Located on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock was one of several assembly centers established on the West Coast in 1942 to detain Japanese Americans who were forced from their homes following enactment […]

More than words: Teaching English in Ecuador

In the 24 years that I have been “Ali, short for Alicia,” I have secretly longed for a nickname of distinctive familiarity and endearment. Now, in this small provincial city tucked in the Sierra region of central Ecuador, I have been branded with the inescapable moniker of “China,” or sometimes the affectionate diminutive, “Chinita.” Disregard […]

Homicide suspects arrested in Daly City to be extradited back to Washington State

Bay City News Service – Two men arrested in Daly City over the weekend will be extradited back to Washington State, where they are accused of fatally shooting a man who was trying to sell a ring on Craigslist last month. Kiyoshi Higashi, 22, and Joshua Reese, 20, waived their right to fight extradition at […]

Community urged to provide input on J-Town Better Neighborhood Plan

A meeting was held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) on April 27 to further discuss the draft of the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP), the document that will serve as the guideline for the development, promotion and preservation of San Francisco’s Japantown during the next two decades. “Sixty-eight years […]

White House Initiative on AAPIs: Key Facts and Figures

Total U.S.: Population is 307 million; 13.2 percent live in poverty; 4.2 percent are unemployed; 15.0 percent haven’t graduated high school; 28.5 percent have only a high school degree; 28.8 percent have some college education; 17.5 percent have a bachelor’s degree; 10.2 percent have a graduate or professional degree. Asian American: Population is 15.5 million; […]

Spring Kunsho Recipients

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco on April 28 announced the recipients of the 2010 Spring Conferment of Decoration.Among the recipients of the kunsho, or medals of honor from the Japanese government, are: • Kayoko Fujimoto, an ikebana teacher from San Leandro, Calif., who is being bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, […]

Obama Names Asian Americans to U.S. Court

WASHINGTON — President Obama on April 21 nominated Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi and Edmond E. Chang to United States District Court judgeships. Kobayashi, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i, serves as a U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Hawai‘i, a position she has held since 1999. Prior to […]

Yu-Ai Kai’s Nihonmachi Run Brings Out the Athletic Fun

SAN JOSE — Between rainstorms, it was a perfect day for the 2010 Yu-Ai Kai Nihonmachi “Run for All Ages,” held on April 25. The three-mile run/walk began in front of the Yu-Ai Kai building in Japantown. Half an hour before the start, the throng of 510 runners/walkers of all ages, some in costume, some […]

San Francisco Presents Heritage Awards for Leadership, Community Impact, Lifetime Achievement

The winners of the 2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards were announced at San Francisco’s annual official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 3 at the Herbst Theater. Both the 2010 award recipients and the finalists received a commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 4. The recipients are: […]

KQED Honors APA Local Heroes, Offers Heritage Month Programming

KQED Public Television and Union Bank held their annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration and Local Hero awards ceremony on May 4, honoring four outstanding community members. Jeff Mori is currently executive director of Asian American Recovery Services Inc., (AARS), a nonprofit community-based organization that provides specialized substance abuse services to Asian and Pacific […]

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