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THE POWER OF WORDS REVISITED: ‘Concentration Camps’ and ‘Internment Camps’

Note: The following is the second part of a series on the terminology used to describe the incarceration of Nikkei during WWII. The first piece, which focused on two specific terms — “evacuation” and “relocation” — appeared in the Nichi Bei Times Weekly July 23-29, 2009 (www.nichibeitimes.com). Some people have told me the problem with […]

Working Out the Right Way: Fitness Tips for Seniors

No one has found the Fountain of Youth for senior citizens yet but there is an alternative for those trying to turn back the clock: exercise. Medical study after medical study after medical study have found that a regular exercise program can stave off the risk of a variety of ailments — from diabetes to […]

Hibakusha Victims Express Gratitude Following Japanese Doctors’ Biennial Visit

It has been 32 years since the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association began sending a team of physicians to the United States every two years to conduct medical examinations on those of Japanese and Korean descent who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski in 1945. More than 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings […]

APIS LIVING WITH HIV: Suffering, Stigma and Survival

In the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, “Miss E” talks about being an HIV-positive Asian American. “I was at death’s door when I was diagnosed. Of course it’s devastating to find out you have AIDS,” she said. Miss E has the kind of remarkable life you could base a movie on. Her Japanese mother died […]

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 […]

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