DEAN OF THE COLUMBO J-SCHOOL: Passionate and profane, K.W. Lee fights on at 90

By STEPHEN MAGAGNINI Special to the Nichi Bei Weekly RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — The man with nine lives has made his last stand in his bunker in Rancho Cordova, a pale green house filled with “a tsunami of boxes,” more than 100 cartons representing a fierce lifetime struggle for underdogs from Seoul to Sacramento, Mexico […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: A ‘Fresh’ take on the Asian American sitcom

“Fresh off the Boat,” the first sitcom with an all-Asian American cast since 1994’s “All American Girl,” is kind of like rocking a perm or making a martini, in that there’s a right way and wrong way to do it. The right way, is to just watch it as you would any other network sitcom […]

Lack of Asian-language materials on exchanges leaves many AAPIs uninsured, say advocates

The lack of Asian-language materials on health care exchanges has left hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders uninsured, according to a report released last month by Action for Health Justice (AHJ). “Sixty percent of our population are foreign-born and face language barriers and are in a range of immigration statuses,” […]

30 YEARS AFTER CHOL SOO LEE: A case that gave birth to Asian American activists

The National Japanese American Historical Society hosted a retrospective March 9 entitled “Chol Soo Lee: 30 Years of Freedom” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Chol Soo Lee’s release from prison. The event was held in conjunction with the nonprofit’s ongoing exhibit of Japantown Art and Media Workshop posters, created for community organizations and events […]

Harris declares victory in California attorney general race

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris on Nov. 30 declared victory in the race for state attorney general “humbly and with happiness.” She claimed her win at a news conference in Los Angeles, then traveled back to San Francisco for a second news conference and celebration. Harris said she feels “very thankful to the voters […]

Warriors Sign Jeremy Lin from Harvard

As the much anticipated NBA draft ended roughly a month ago with big names like John Wall and Evan Turner being picked at the top of their draft class, Jeremy Lin went unnoticed and undrafted. Despite having solid stats at the college level and being selected to the All-Conference first team, few thought he would […]

OBITUARY: Karen Tomine

SACRAMENTO — Karen Tomine, described as “a dedicated and passionate advocate,” passed away on July 4, 2010 after an eight-year bout with breast cancer. She was 63. “Karen had tried every chemo regimen available over the course of eight years for her HER2-neu breast cancer, including targeted therapies,” her husband Chris told the Nichi Bei […]

Osteoporosis Higher Among Asian American Women

Asian American women are at higher risk for osteoporosis, national statistics show. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 20 percent of Asian American women older than age 50 are estimated to have the bone disease. Bob Nishime, a doctor in San Jose’s Japantown, said that Asian American women are particularly susceptible to osteoporosis. “It’s […]

Landmark Salinas Cafe to Reopen as Asian Cultural Center

SALINAS, Calif. — The Republic Cafe in Salinas was once a bustling restaurant in Chinatown, which served as a central gathering place, for the city’s Japanese, Chinese and Filipino communities. Now, two decades later, federal funds will help to transform it into an Asian American museum and cultural center. By 2012, the abandoned Soledad Street […]

Pan-Asian Comfort Food With a Twist

The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens By Patricia Tanumihardja (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2009, 368 pp., $35.00, hardcover) A multitude of cookbooks reference mothers. A fair amount offer nods to grandmas of all ethnic backgrounds. And there is no shortage of pan-Asian cookbooks to choose from at the local bookstore. But Patricia […]

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