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Activists seek to secure Japanese immigrants’ ‘sacred’ land

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — The words “Jesus Lives” are emblazoned across a dilapidated unoccupied structure on the busy intersection of Warner Avenue and Nichols Lane in this Orange County city south of Los Angeles. The building’s windows are boarded up. Varying shades of white and unmatched paint cover graffiti and highlight cracks in the property’s […]

Pioneering NYC taiko group Soh Daiko continues to transform itself

It’s another snowy Saturday afternoon in New York, but this has not kept members of taiko group Soh Daiko from holding their normal practice. As the days relentlessly beat toward their Carnegie Hall citywide performance at the end of March, members follow hours of drills and practice with a run through of their performance, energetically […]

The roots of California bonsai, the Issei and Nisei artists of yesteryear

The art of bonsai has contended with a number of challenges throughout the years. Unlike other works of art, bonsai plants are alive and continue growing even after the artist has long since passed. Rooted in Issei and Nisei hobbyist practitioners, bonsai is a curious art split along generational lines in America. “I think I […]

Ikebana showcases nature’s beauty

Ikebana can help one see nature with a different perspective, particularly as practitioners bring beauty into their homes, said Thanh Nguyen, president of the Ikebana Teachers Federation.  Ikebana can teach people “how to take the beauty from nature and apply it to your normal life,” she told the Nichi Bei Weekly in a phone interview. […]

Benkyodo: The bittersweet end of an era at S.F. Japantown’s oldest business

Ricky Okamura clocks in to work at 3 a.m., typically hours before the first customer walks in to his store, but on March 26, his first customer beat him there by three hours, pitching a tent and lining up for manju outside Benkyodo Company in San Francisco’s Japantown.  Lines have wrapped around the block, starting […]

Former Colorado incarceration camp named historic site

DENVER (AP) — President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan bill into law March 18 designating a former World War II Japanese American concentration camp in rural Colorado as a federal historic site managed by the National Park Service. Camp Amache is owned by the town of Granada and is listed on the National Register of […]

Asian American women reflect on how to move beyond hate attacks

Asian American women are experiencing a fresh wave of violent, hate-related attacks. According to the Web portal Stop AAPI Hate, since March 2020, there have been over 10,000 attacks, 16% of which have been physically violent. Elders were the targets in the majority of incidents.  A poll commissioned by The National Asian Pacific American Women’s […]

Mental health program helps AAPI youth

Last November, Changing Tides created CT Stream, a free Little Tokyo Service Center therapy program aimed at providing assistance for Asian American and Pacific Islander youth experiencing mental health issues. The program, located in Los Angeles, provides six to 10 therapy sessions per participant. The Changing Tides program was established in 2018. “As we’ve grown and as […]

99 Ranch Market fills void at South San Jose mall

Thousands of residents flocked to Westfield Oakridge Mall March 22 to check out the latest store bringing an expansive variety of pan-Asian produce, baked goods and hot food to South San Jose. The 99 Ranch Market company, one of the largest Asian supermarket chains in the nation, unveiled its newest store this week at Oakridge […]

Violence against Asians decried on spa shootings anniversary

ATLANTA — A year after the fatal shootings at three Georgia massage businesses, crowds gathered at rallies across the country March 16 to remember the victims and denounce anti-Asian violence that has risen sharply in recent years. Six women of Asian descent were among the eight people killed in and near Atlanta on March 16, […]

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