New Year's Edition

Our annual New Year's editions include an extra helping of original feature stories, a Winter Book Review, a piece on Preserving Our Japantowns, as well as contributions from all our columnists. Our 2011 issue includes the first annual Nikkei of the Year award, which went to Olympian Apolo Anton Ono. Also inside, an interview with Korean American actor Tim Kang and an update on LA's Little Tokyo.

Wakamatsu — really first?

Is the Wakamatsu colony really the first Japanese settlement in America? This question still nags some diehard skeptics, although the Gold Hill site was recognized in 1966 by the state of California as a historical landmark. Years of search by the Japanese American Citizens League for authentic data had preceded the official recognition. A key […]

PARTING SHOTS: Gold Hill Colony: Hope and betrayal for a ‘Mayflower’

PAGES FROM THE PAST: In recognition of recent developments to restore the historic site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony near Placerville, Nichi Bei Weekly columnist K.W. Lee files these two stories on the colony from the June 6, 1971 edition of the Sacramento Union. By K.W. LEE, Sacramento Union Staff Writer There is […]

Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo more vibrant at night than in past years, but there are concerns that businesses are hurting and worries about disruptions caused by subway construction.

LOS ANGELES — Is Little Tokyo in dire straits? Bill Watanabe, executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) and also a member of the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC), doesn’t think so. “Generally speaking, I think the foot traffic and level of business seem to be going pretty well,” Watanabe said. “Evening events […]

THE KAERU KID: Epic Disappointment

Let me preface this article by stating that I am not a big fan of cruises because my interests are the destinations rather than the cruise experience. However, there are many fans of cruises and if you have never taken one, it is definitely an experience not to be missed — but I think there […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Divine parent

親 (oya) means “parent.” This character consists of three parts. The top of the left side is 立 (tatsu), which means “stand.” Below that is 木 (ki), which means “a tree.” The right side is 見 (miru), which means “to see or look.” So parents are standing in a tree and looking upon their children […]