Leaders to discuss community revitalization on Sept. 18, in SF’s J-Town

San Francisco’s Japantown, as with numerous Nikkei communities, has faced more than a few challenges in recent years. The 2006 purchase of the Kintetsu and Miyako malls by Beverly Hills-based 3D Investments and the closure of the beloved Japantown Bowl a few years prior, are just two events that have caused a community outcry. These […]

JCCCNC announces recipients of Okamoto volunteer and leadership awards

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) announced on Sept. 9 the 2010 recipients of the Kay Okamoto Volunteer Award and the Takeo Okamoto Community Leadership Award. Each award will be presented at “Tabemasho: From Generation to Generation,” the JCCCNC’s annual event, which will be held on Sept. 25. Kay Okamoto Volunteer […]

Daphne Kwok now Obama’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ of the Asian American Community

President Obama has picked Daphne Kwok of San Francisco to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a job that carries the responsibility of “being the eyes and ears of the community,” as Kwok puts it. The 48-year-old Chinese American will continue to stay in her current job as executive director […]

Lani Kume Nishiyama crowned Nisei Week Queen in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo

LOS ANGELES — The Nisei Week Foundation announced that Lani Kume Nishiyama became the 70th Nisei Week Queen on Aug. 14, at the Nisei Week Coronation held at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. The 2009 Nisei Week Queen, Dana Fujiko Heatherton, passed on her reign to Nishiyama. The 2010 Nisei Week Court […]

Children’s playgroup promotes Japanese language, culture

BAMBI, a social activity group for children, holds its Tuesday Children’s Playground from 10 a.m. to noon every week at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s gymnasium in San Francisco’s Japantown. The group helps to create social networks for both children and their parents among the Japanese-speaking community in San Francisco. After […]

For a more queer-friendly Japanese America

This past May, a friend who volunteers for a Japanese-language bilingual program at a San Francisco public school faced harassment by another Japanese language teacher in the faculty lounge for being a lesbian. My friend Keiko had a rainbow pin on her backpack signifying lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride and a Japanese co-worker of […]

‘UNDERCOUNTED’ Asian Americans continue to face barriers to being accurately represented by Census data

Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau sets out to gather information about the country’s population with a short questionnaire. Americans were encouraged to send their forms back by April 1, and one month later, on May 1, census workers started going door-to-door to collect answers from non-respondents. Despite the scope of this undertaking, […]

Japanese American Museum of San Jose offers a sneak peek

SAN JOSE — Shoppers converged on the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) in Japantown on May 22 to get a sneak preview of the new facility while shopping to benefit the museum. The preview was part of “Shopping Days at the Museum,” an event that was held at the museum from May 22-24. […]

Children and Youth Dept. turns its back on Japantown

Lori Kunihara says that she owes a lot to the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) and her involvement in the Japantown Youth Leaders (JYL) program. “JYL taught me the value of serving the community and really gave me a sense of belonging. I learned so much from the staff of JYL and being in the […]

Kimochi, Inc. presents 2010 Spirit Awards

“The Longevity of Giving” was the theme on May 16 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown as Kimochi Inc. presented its annual Spirit Awards for their commitment to the senior service agency. Kimochi board member Benh Nakajo served as emcee. Following a performance by the San Francisco Police Department Lion Dance Team, […]

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