OBITUARY: Barbara Nobuko Muramoto

Barbara Nobuko Muramoto Aug. 3, 1932 – Nov. 10, 2022 MURAMOTO, BARBARA, 90, passed away the evening of November 10, 2022, most recognized for bringing Japanese music to the Bay Area. Barbara was born in Palo Alto, California and with her family, was a survivor of the internment of Japanese Americans at Topaz and Tule […]

OBITUARY: Sumiko Nishimura

Sumiko Nishimura Oct. 12, 1918 – Nov. 12, 2022 NISHIMURA, SUMIKO of San Francisco passed away peacefully at the age of 104 on November 12, 2022. One of seven children, Sumiko was born in Laguna Beach, California, in 1918 to Issei farmers, Hidekichi and Haru Kihara. When Sumiko was four, the Kihara’s moved to Hiroshima […]

OBITUARY: Tetsuo Asano

Tetsuo Asano Dec. 19, 1928 – Oct. 23, 2022 ASANO, TETSUO, 93, passed away in the early morning of October 23, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fusajiro and Mitsuko Asano, brother Wakichi Asano, and sisters Fumiko Bower and Mary Osaka. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Keiko, daughter […]

OBITUARY: Midori Kotake

Midori Kotake June 30, 1927 – Oct. 17, 2022 KOTAKE, MIDORI (MIDY), a resident of San Jose CA, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2022 at the age of 95 years. She loved taking care of her orchids, garden, fruit trees and vegetables. During her younger years she enjoyed bowling, golf, traveling and entertaining friends. […]

Renowned Asian American Studies scholar Odo dies

Franklin Odo, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s Founding Director and University of California, Los Angeles Asian American Studies Center co-founder, passed away Sept. 28 at the age of 83, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center said in a statement. Odo passed away from a battle with cancer, according to the Rafu Shimpo. Born in […]

OBITUARY: Gary Yoneo Takeoka

Gary Yoneo Takeoka Dec. 19, 1962 – Sept. 4, 2022 Surrounded by friends and family with hearts full of love, TAKEOKA, GARY passed peacefully at the age of 59. He was predeceased by his parents, Hoover and Nora Takeoka and was the beloved nephew of Carvin Dowke and Mabel Dowke. Gary possessed a special gift […]

OBITUARY: Mabel Chizuko Kitamata

Mabel Chizuko Kitamata Feb. 15, 1928 – Sept. 8, 2022 KITAMATA, MABEL CHIZUKO passed away at the age of 94 at home with her daughter by her side. Mabel was born in Waimea, Kauai, but she spent most of her life in San Francisco with her husband, Steve. Mabel was a very active member of […]

Former L.A. Times editor Henry Fuhrmann dies

Henry Fuhrmann, a former assistant managing editor for the Los Angeles Times, passed away on Sept. 14, at the age of 65. The journalist and self-described “word nerd” saw the hyphen, especially in regards to race and ethnicity, as “an unnecessary and derogative diminution of American identities and understood that no battle was too small […]

OBITUARY: Donald Yoshiyuki Matsubara

Donald Yoshiyuki Matsubara Oct. 12, 1927 – Sept. 3, 2022 MATSUBARA, DONALD YOSHIYUKI was born October 12, 1927, the 3rd of 4 boys to the late Ichizo and Sumie Matsubara. He is survived by his loving wife of over 57 years Katie Fumi (Yamamoto), children Kenneth Matsubara and Leslie Kimi (Carter) Harbaugh & granddaughter Kaitlan. […]

OBITUARY: Hitoko Nagasawa

Hitoko Nagasawa July 5, 1923 – Aug. 10, 2022 NAGASAWA, HITOKO “HITO”, 99 years old of Sacramento, CA died August 10, 2022. She was born July 5, 1923 in Orange Cove, CA. Just before WWII, Hito’s parents relocated the family to Okayama, Japan. As a young teenager and American, she faced prejudice by the locals. […]

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