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S.F.’s Cherry Blossom Queen Program candidates address JA identity

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program presented its 2019 queen candidates during its annual preview March 10 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program, a highlight of the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, will take place April 13 at the AMC Kabuki 8. The candidates are: Nami Katie […]

Nikkei WWII experience parallels Latino immigrants’ plight today

LOS ANGELES — The parallels between Japanese Americans who were persecuted during World War II and today’s Latino immigrants whose human rights are also being violated by the United States government, was the focus of this year’s Day of Remembrance program, held Feb. 16, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The annual […]

S.F. Public Defender Jeff Adachi, tireless social justice advocate and filmmaker, dies

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose David v. Goliath campaign for his seat in 2002 catapulted the longtime community activist into a highly visible city position, died Feb. 22, 2019 after falling ill during a dinner with a friend in the city’s North Beach area. He was 59. Described by many as a social […]

Korematsu case re-enactment targets Trump’s anti-immigration policy

NEW YORK — A re-enactment in New York of Korematsu v. United States, a 1944 Supreme Court case that upheld the wartime incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese Americans, was recently staged with a new ending after the court overruled the notorious decision last June. The public event, held Jan. 30 to mark the centennial birthday […]

Symposium honors Ninth Circuit Judge Tashima

The career and jurisprudence of Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was the subject of a day-long symposium on Jan. 25, featuring present and former clerks and colleagues who celebrated the trailblazing jurist’s half century of public service and leadership. Keynote speaker Judge Jacqueline Nguyen ’91 of […]

Educating to remember, 40 years after the first California Day of Remembrance

Carole Hayashino recalled pulling into the Fort Mason parking lot in San Francisco on the morning of Feb. 19, 1979. She was surprised to be greeted by hundreds of people ready to form a caravan headed due south to the former site of the Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno, Calif. for the state’s first ever […]

Woman arrested after allegedly walking into ocean with infant

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — A 36-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Jan. 15 after San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies found her soaking wet with an infant at Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay after allegedly walking into the ocean with the baby, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies responded around 3:10 p.m. to […]

South Koreans grieve over death of ‘comfort women’ campaigner

SEOUL — Many South Koreans gathered in Seoul on Jan. 30 to mourn the death of Kim Bok Dong, a human rights activist and a symbolic figure among those who were forced to work as “comfort women” in Japan’s wartime military brothels. Kim, who died Jan. 28 aged 92, had traveled to various places in […]

Nikkei arrested for allegedly stalking woman and setting cars on fire

Ontario, Calif. police arrested Matthew Masumi Toyotome, 27, of Riverside, Calif. on the morning of Jan. 13 for allegedly stalking a woman and torching her car, along with six other vehicles in the early morning hours that day. The fire was intended for a former friend of Toyotome, who turned down his romantic advances. Ontario […]

Little Tokyo supporters wary of rail construction, gentrification

LOS ANGELES — The Metro Regional Connector rail line, slated to run through Little Tokyo upon completion in 2021, has raised concerns among people who care about the ethnic Japanese enclave’s survival and want to protect the 134-year-old neighborhood from the negative effects of gentrification. Metro’s project, now under construction, will bring three new underground […]

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