Community urged to provide input on J-Town Better Neighborhood Plan

A meeting was held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) on April 27 to further discuss the draft of the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP), the document that will serve as the guideline for the development, promotion and preservation of San Francisco’s Japantown during the next two decades. “Sixty-eight years […]

White House Initiative on AAPIs: Key Facts and Figures

Total U.S.: Population is 307 million; 13.2 percent live in poverty; 4.2 percent are unemployed; 15.0 percent haven’t graduated high school; 28.5 percent have only a high school degree; 28.8 percent have some college education; 17.5 percent have a bachelor’s degree; 10.2 percent have a graduate or professional degree. Asian American: Population is 15.5 million; […]

THE JOY OF STICKY SOY: Organic Megumi Natto Launches in California

With its signature stringiness and distinct, pungent smell, natto is a Japanese food made of soybeans that are soaked, steamed and finally, fermented. Usually only found in sushi restaurants and Asian supermarkets, the current natto market is dominated by frozen varieties. Minami Satoh, president of Japan Traditional Foods Inc., noticing the lack of readily available […]

Political Pioneer: The First Asian American Governor

NJAHS annual awards dinner keynote speaker Governor George Ariyoshi became the third governor of Hawai‘i in 1974, promoted from lieutenant governor after the sitting Governor John Burns had to step down due to illness. He became the first Asian American and Japanese American governor in America, and also the first Hawai‘i-born governor of the state. […]