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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 […]

‘The Cove’ Puts Health Risk at Forefront, But Japanese Side Not Convinced

TOKYO — A U.S. documentary film about dolphin hunting in Japan places its focus on the health risks that could arise from eating mercury-laden dolphin meat, relegating to the sidelines the aspect of animal rights protection and brushing aside claims of traditional customs. But Japanese authorities and scientists are not convinced by the warning message […]

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 […]

Uncovering Tokyo’s Yakuza and Nightlife

For 12 years, Jake Adelstein was embroiled in the seedy underbelly of Tokyo crime and nightlife, spending late nights schmoozing with police, conducting investigations at brothels and fielding death threats from the Japanese mafia. Adelstein himself, however, was not in law enforcement or a criminal. Rather, from 1993 to 2005, Adelstein worked as a crime […]

Video of Police Using Taser and Baton on Asian Exchange Student Prompts Investigation

SAN JOSE (Bay City News) — A criminal investigation has begun into the actions of four San Jose police officers, two of whom were captured on a cell phone camera using a baton and a Taser stun gun last month on a 20-year-old Vietnamese exchange student at San Jose State University. Police Sgt. Ronnie Lopez […]

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 […]

Jojima Opts Out of Contract

SEATTLE (Kyodo) — Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Jojima is opting out of the final two years of his three-year, $24 million contract and will return to Japanese baseball, the club said Oct. 19. Jojima, the only Japanese-born catcher who has played in the major leagues, has decided to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract […]

Race Relations in the Neighborhood

When I first came to California I was warned to be careful about certain neighborhoods. I didn’t know what it meant until I heard about a tourist being robbed on a quiet street in San Francisco. He was surrounded by a group of little boys between eight to ten years of age each wielding weapons […]

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