A journey to say goodbye in Tohoku

When the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye By Marie Mutsuki Mocket (New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc., 2016, 336 pp., $16.95, paperback) “Perhaps it is possible, then, to see through more than one set of eyes …” Expected to speak and behave as a Japanese once she boarded the plane from America, […]

A heartwarming film of cross-cultural discovery rolled into ‘East Side Sushi’

“You have to be open to something different,” says single mom Juana Martinez, played by newcomer Diana Elizabeth Torres, to her young daughter (Kaya Jade Aguirre). And that something is sushi made by a Mexican American woman who dreams of becoming a sushi chef in the award-winning film “East Side Sushi” by director Anthony Lucero. […]

New headquarters for J-Sei in works

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — J-Sei, a multi-generational and multi-cultural organization with its roots in Nikkei values and culture, purchased and is in the process of remodeling its new headquarters at 1285 66th Ave. in Emeryville, Calif. Located about two miles from the organization’s current headquarters and one mile from its senior center space — both in […]

Could the LA Riots happen again?

April 29 marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles civil unrest — or Sa-I-Gu (Korean for 4-29) — the day in 1992 that community outrage erupted hours after a jury’s unjust acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who severely beat an African American motorist, Rodney King. Fifty-four individuals died during the […]

J-Sei celebrates 40 years of community service, evolution

OAKLAND, Calif. — Some 240 supporters helped to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a cherished East Bay agency on Sept. 10, taking a video tour of the agency’s past while gaining some insight into its evolving future. And while the organization went through a name change and rebranding of its mission over the past year, […]

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