JCCCNC celebrates 25 years, honors longtime community fixtures

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) celebrated its 25th year since opening at 1840 Sutter St., with a night of entertainment, auctions and Hawaiian comfort food. More than 400 JCCCNC supporters attended the “25 Years of Opening Our Doors” fundraiser, held Sept. 24 at the center, which is located in San […]

Nikkei Community Internship program celebrates 10 years, current class

When surveying community programs a decade ago, Japanese American leaders found a lack of meaningful activities for young people. “There had been a vacuum for a long time of new programs (for young people),” said Jon Osaki, the executive director of Japanese Community Youth Council. In an effort to engage Japanese American young people, the […]

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 […]

OBITUARY: Karen Tomine

SACRAMENTO — Karen Tomine, described as “a dedicated and passionate advocate,” passed away on July 4, 2010 after an eight-year bout with breast cancer. She was 63. “Karen had tried every chemo regimen available over the course of eight years for her HER2-neu breast cancer, including targeted therapies,” her husband Chris told the Nichi Bei […]

Managing a Major Metropolis: Ed Shikada tackles new challenges as assistant city manager of San Jose

Growing up in Hawai‘i, Ed Shikada never imagined that he would one day become assistant city manager of the 10th largest city in the United States. Shikada was appointed assistant city manager of San Jose on June 24. He began his new role on June 27. Appointed by City Manager Debra Figone, Shikada’s duties focus […]

San Francisco Presents Heritage Awards for Leadership, Community Impact, Lifetime Achievement

The winners of the 2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards were announced at San Francisco’s annual official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 3 at the Herbst Theater. Both the 2010 award recipients and the finalists received a commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 4. The recipients are: […]

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. […]

OBITUARY: Nao Takasugi

Former California state Assemblyman and Oxnard Mayor Nao Takasugi passed away from stroke-related complications on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at the St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. He was 87. Takasugi, a Republican, spent six years in the California state Assembly, until his term limit expired in 1998. Prior to this, he had served […]

Youngest Openly Gay Asian American Mayor in Nation Elected in Campbell

CAMPBELL (Bay City News Service) — Campbell Vice Mayor Evan Low made history on Dec. 1 by becoming the country’s youngest openly gay mayor. Chosen by his fellow council members to fill the mayoral seat, Low, 26, is also the country’s youngest Asian American mayor, he said. He replaces current Mayor Jane Kennedy. Low said […]