Pro basketball team in Japan hires Japanese American head coach

KOBE, Japan — San Jose, Calif. native Danny Yoshikawa — who was an assistant coach under fellow Japanese American Rex Walters at the University of San Francisco Dons basketball program from 2008 to 2012 — was recently named the head coach of the Hyogo Storks of the newly-formed National Basketball League in Japan. Japan’s top […]

BACK IN THE BAY: One-on-one with Jeremy Lin

OAKLAND, Calif. — Heading into the All-Star break, the Golden State Warriors entered their Feb. 12 game against the Houston Rockets needing a win to snap a four-game losing streak. Fans packed into Oakland’s Oracle Arena not just to see the Warriors, but also to cheer on Rockets point guard and Bay Area native Jeremy […]

Coaches’ Circle class includes Roseville’s Goto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Roseville resident George Goto, who led Placer College to the state championship in 1950 and went on to coach successful teams at Roseville High School and Sierra College, was one of 10 inductees into the new Basketball Alumni Coaches’ Circle at Sacramento State. Honored on Oct. 18 at the Alumni Center on campus, […]

For Chen and Lew, Linsanity came too late

On a recent Sunday morning, I was glued to the boob tube watching a professional basketball game from the opening jump ball to the last waning second. Haven’t done this for years, but suddenly I too have been swept up by the global phenomenon of Linsanity. By now, everybody knows Linsanity refers to Jeremy Lin, […]

Why Jeremy Lin Matters: Asian male images in the media

Pop culture traditionally has painted Asians as awkward, unathletic and never the leading man, like Long Duk Dong from a 1980s film. In just a week, Lin has shattered the stereotype. Since he burst into the national consciousness just a week ago, basketball sensation and New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin has proved that he’s […]

Is the Non-existent Lin/Kardashian Date a Problem?

So Asian America collectively shuddered the other day at rumors that Jeremy Lin and Kim Kardashian might go on a date. (Interestingly, if you Google “jeremy lin,” “jeremy lin kim kardashian” comes up as the first autocomplete result.)  I guess it’s since been debunked, but I feel like I’m a little alone in thinking that […]

Jeremy Lin and Bruce Lee

All my life I’ve wondered exactly how Bruce Lee, the world’s greatest martial artist (at least in film), could be Asian, but there had never been a dominant, cat-quick, ninja-like point guard, akin to Allen Iverson, or Brandon Jennings — thin, wiry, yet strong and fluid, and SO quick you couldn’t stop him. As an […]

COURTING DREAMS: Los Angeles City Council grants Little Tokyo sports complex final approval

LOS ANGELES — The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) inched closer to its goal of building a recreation center in the Japanese American community when the City of Los Angeles gave its final approval on May 17 to develop the Budokan of Los Angeles. The City Council voted to grant LTSC a long-term ground lease […]

Northern California Nisei Athletic Union: Jesters no laughing matter, schools the Shonenz

2011 NCNAU Standings Aye Plus W L GB PF PA x San Francisco Drakes 5 3 – 605 618 x Setai-Cossa 4 3 .5 503 438 x Sacramento Barons 4 3 .5 481 484 Gametime 3 4 1.5 570 560 Sacramento Samurai 2 5 2.5 401 460 Aye Major W L GB PF PA y […]

Northern California Nisei Athletic Union: San Mateo Ryusei unstoppable at 7-0

  Week 8 – March 5-6 Aye Plus 1 2 F Setai-Cossa 33 47 80 SF Drakes 39 44 83 HIGH SCORERS Setai-Cossa: Chi – 26 Drakes: Sugawara – 26 1 2 F Sac Samurai 43 45 88 Gametime 46 33 79 HIGH SCORERS Samurai: Kwong – 35 Gametime: Blightman – 29 Aye Major 1 […]

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