Murase elected first JA president of S.F. School Board

Emily Murase wears a number of hats in San Francisco. She is executive director of San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women, the first Japanese American to serve as San Francisco Unified School District’s board president and a mother of two. Her father, Kenji Murase, was among the first parents to help create the […]

Santa Ono named first Asian American president of University of Cincinnati

Santa Ono, the University of Cincinnati’s first Asian American president, formally assumed his position April 19 after serving as interim president since August of last year. Ono is among the few Asian American college presidents in the U.S. Priorities in Running a Major Research University Ono has taken the helm of a prestigious university. The […]

Letter to Princeton Admissions — One Applicant Draws a Line in the Sand

Editor’s note: One rite of passage in early spring is the arrival of college admissions acceptance or rejection letters. For commentator Stephen Fong — a senior in high school in San Francisco who is waiting to hear on his applications to Ivy League universities — one school has lost its luster. This week, high school […]

Leroy M. Morishita officially installed as CSUEB’s fifth president

HAYWARD, Calif. — Shortly after noon on Oct. 12, Chancellor Charles Reed of the California State University system officially installed Leroy M. Morishita as the president of the California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). Morishita, who had been serving as interim president since July of last year, was officially appointed as the fifth president of […]

Reduced bus service to ‘accelerate destruction’ of San Francisco’s Japantown

Editor’s Note: According to the San Francisco Unified School District, it has reduced its bus service for the 2012-13 school year, due to ongoing state budget cuts. For more information, visit www.sfusd.edu/en/transportation/transportation-changes.html or call (415) 695-5505. The combined effect of the elimination of SFUSD school bus routes to the Nihonmachi Little Friends stop is the […]

UCLA removes ‘internment’ from professorship’s title

LOS ANGELES — Professor David K. Yoo, director of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, announced that the endowed chair and professorship of the Asian American Studies Center has been renamed The George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress and Community. “After considerable consultation, Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, who is the current holder […]

iTOUR THROUGH HISTORY: New app allows digital media to teach about the Japanese American incarceration experience

Have the days when students learned about Japanese American history through textbooks gone by the wayside? As consumers latch on to the latest tech gadgets, some companies are using digital media to teach about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. From iPhone applications to video games, the emerging trend signals the innovative […]

AFFIRMATIVE (RE)ACTION: Cal’s pay-by-race bake sale gets yawn from Asian students

BERKELEY, Calif. — The debate over colorblind admissions policies in California’s four-year public colleges is heating up again. The passage of Prop. 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative passed by state voters in 1996, prohibited public institutions from considering race, sex or ethnicity. SB 185, one of hundreds of bills currently before Gov. Jerry Brown awaiting […]

Lotus Preschool in San Jose’s Japantown turns 25, celebrates the love

SAN JOSE — Kids anxiously waited outside the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose to catch a peek of their favorite teacher, “Miss Lynne,” and to celebrate Lotus Preschool’s 25th anniversary. “I don’t think she knew it would be this big or last this long,” George Yamaichi, Lynne Santo Yamaichi’s husband, said of the last […]

A HIDDEN ACHIEVEMENT: Margaret Masuoka’s education interrupted

Margaret Masuoka was meant to graduate with a degree in botany from Santa Ana College in 1942. Masuoka, 89, studied the subject until she was ordered to the Poston, Ariz. concentration camp. The Nikkei was set to graduate that June. Masuoka received a letter from her favorite professor, J. Russell Bruff, telling her to meet […]

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