Opinion

My tsuru

I am a member of Tsuru for Solidarity. I am not an activist, nor am I a trained artist, but I have painted 12 large tsuru (paper cranes) of various sizes. I paint because it gives me pleasure and a way to express myself. Last year, like many Japanese Americans, I began by folding hundreds […]

LETTERS: COVID-19 and the national disasters

In the United States as of Dec. 27, 2020, there were 331,524 COVID-19 deaths. This is from January through December of 2020, a one-year period. During World War II, from 1942 through 1945, in the four-year period the American casualty was around 400,000. We were fighting a war then and the military leaders were leading the […]

The virtual Nikkei

To call this past year “unprecedented” is the understatement of all understatements. But as we noted in the commentary at the onset of the pandemic — “Navigating the new normal” (March 26, 2020) — “we are a resilient community, which fought racist immigration laws, endured our wartime incarceration and rebuilt our lives from scratch after […]

A life lesson from John Lennon, in Japantown

Sadness and sorrow. Dec. 8 was the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Here’s my story on meeting him: I was a young teen in the summer of 1973, hanging out at Paper Tree, when in walks John and Yoko. They smiled at my folks as they wandered through the store, bought some postcards, then […]

The Census is about our past and future

Many have come to understand that by participating in the Census, you are shaping the future — ensuring your community has the resources and representation it deserves for the next 10 years. As the deputy director of statewide initiatives for the California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office, I have learned professionally how this aspect […]

Cupertino holds two bell ringing events for peace

In 1945, the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was devastating, killing tens of thousands. However, the U.S. and Japan have since formed a strong connection. In observance of 75 years of peace with Japan, Sister Cities International and Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. organized a virtual bell ringing for peace Webinar Aug. […]

LETTERS: Sobering Seventy-Five

Dear Editor, Can you hold your breath for one minute, 15 seconds?Seventy-five seconds. One second for every year since atomic bombs were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ask yourself: Are we (all of humanity) capable of living together with respect and humility for other countries and for one another? As the U.S. and Russia continue […]

LETTERS: California vs. Japan on COVID-19

Dear Editor, As of July 20, 2020, California had 7,851 COVID-19 deaths and Japan had 988 deaths. That is a ratio of 7.9 to 1 and the ratio has been increasing daily. California has 40 million people whereas Japan has 126 million people. California has 164,000 square miles of land and Japan has 146,000 square […]

Japantown’s Peace Plaza — A chance to heal

Shattered tiles, forced removal and broken promises. To those unfamiliar with San Francisco Japantown, some might think that the Peace Plaza is just another open space in the city. But the cold, hardscape of the current design, is an unremarkable feature of a neighborhood that has never truly healed from the tragic history surrounding the […]

LETTERS: Two responses to racism

Dear Editor, “Everyman is me. I am his brother. No man is my enemy. I am everyman and he is in and of me. This is my faith, my strength, my deepest hope and my only belief.” — Kenneth Patchen, American poet and novelist (1911-1972) Been thinking lots. Especially about how I might handle an […]

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