SF State to establish Japan and Japanese cultural center

San Francisco State University (SFSU) has received the second-largest private individual gift in its history, a $5 million dollar gift from alumna and Professor Emerita Kay Takeyama Dilena, to establish the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture. The Center will give a new prominence to the study of Japan at […]

Murase becomes first Japanese American woman elected in SF

Three weeks after the Nov. 2 election, Emily Murase — the executive director of the city’s Department on the Status of Women — overcame an election night deficit to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education. The win makes her the first elected Japanese American woman in the city’s history. The final […]

CA Civil Liberties Public Education Program targets Nikkei World War II stories

SACRAMENTO — The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP), a state-funded program administered by the California State Library, announced that funding for gathering first-person Japanese American World War II interment accounts will be given first priority in their upcoming grant cycle. The CCLPEP stressed that these accounts have to be gathered before they are […]

Korematsu Campus opens in San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — The San Leandro community gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new San Leandro High School Fred T. Korematsu (ninth grade) Campus on Sept. 29. More than 250 guests attended, including the current Board of Education and former Board members, elected officials, civic leaders, students and families, district staff, neighbors and […]

Sugimoto Named Pasadena City College Vice President of College Advancement

PASADENA, Calif. — The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Dr. Lisa Sugimoto as Pasadena City College vice president of College Advancement. “I have made clear from the outset that I had hopes of persuading Dr. Sugimoto to stay on the PCC team and I am very happy […]

Reflections on the push for Asian American studies at UIC

It has been quite some time since I last walked through the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus. There are distinct memories I carry with me about my time in college. For instance, the gigantic cement structures, the time Will Ferrell and Dustin Hoffman filmed “Stranger than Fiction” at UIC, and eating pizza puffs […]

JET alums rally to save group’s funding from chopping block

NEW YORK — More than 40 former Japan Exchange and Teaching Program alumni from across the United States recently holed themselves up in a Manhattan hotel to figure out how to sell their organization’s value to the Japanese government as potential budget cuts loom large. “I think the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association of […]

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 […]

Calif. Civil Liberties Program announces latest round of grant recipients

SACRAMENTO — The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP) recently announced their fiscal year 2009-2010 CCLPEP grant recipients. The CCLPEP was created with the passage of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Act (AB1915) in 1998. The legislation was authored by Assemblymember Mike Honda and was renewed in 2000 by Assemblymember George Nakano. The […]

Cal State University East Bay confers honorary doctorate to activist Kochiyama

Yuri Kochiyama, a human rights activist dedicated to social justice for more than 50 years, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the commencement ceremonies for California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) on June 12. The ceremony was held at the university’s Hayward campus. Born in San Pedro, Calif., Kochiyama spent two years […]

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