Murase makes history

Emily Moto Murase, who serves as executive director of San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women, was sworn in as the first Japanese American member of the San Francisco Board of Education on Jan. 7. Murase was installed with fellow board members Kim-Shree Maufas and Hydra B. Mendoza at a ceremony at the Tenderloin […]

Obama Honors Two Japanese American Teachers

Two Japanese American teachers from Hawai‘i were recently honored by President Barack Obama at the White House with Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Liane Tanigawa and Seanyelle Yagi were among more than 100 educators from across the country who received awards from Obama on Jan. 6 as part of his “Educate […]

Nikkei Reflect on ‘What it Means to be a Japanese American Woman’

When community members at this year’s Mountain View Obon Bazaar and Festival were asked to explain what it means to be Japanese American, the responses were as diverse as the community itself. To some, their Nikkei experience and identity is formed by the injustices of wartime incarceration that tens of thousands of persons of Japanese […]

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