Opinion: The firing of Don Wakamatsu

In the end, I’m just sad the Mariners felt they had to fire manager Don Wakamatsu. I wanted to believe the front office saddled him with a roster of players who just couldn’t hit, and who especially couldn’t hit with runners in scoring position, but I’m told by those close to the team that the manager concurred in those […]

For a more queer-friendly Japanese America

This past May, a friend who volunteers for a Japanese-language bilingual program at a San Francisco public school faced harassment by another Japanese language teacher in the faculty lounge for being a lesbian. My friend Keiko had a rainbow pin on her backpack signifying lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride and a Japanese co-worker of […]

Children and Youth Dept. turns its back on Japantown

Lori Kunihara says that she owes a lot to the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) and her involvement in the Japantown Youth Leaders (JYL) program. “JYL taught me the value of serving the community and really gave me a sense of belonging. I learned so much from the staff of JYL and being in the […]

Multiracial: Border Crosser: Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu navigates nations, cultures and academia

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is looking again toward Japan. A psychotherapist, writer and academic, Murphy-Shigematsu has lived in Palo Alto, Calif. the past eight years, teaching at Stanford University and running an independent multicultural consulting practice. Life in the Bay Area, he says, is easy for someone like him, the son of an Irish American man and […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Be Ready

The kanji character 用 (yo) means “to be able, useful” and consists of two parts. A vertical center line represents a nail. All other lines represent pieces of wood. The pieces of wood were put together by the nail. 意(i) means “thinking in your heart,” which consists of two parts. Above is a person’s voice and below […]

More than words: Teaching English in Ecuador

In the 24 years that I have been “Ali, short for Alicia,” I have secretly longed for a nickname of distinctive familiarity and endearment. Now, in this small provincial city tucked in the Sierra region of central Ecuador, I have been branded with the inescapable moniker of “China,” or sometimes the affectionate diminutive, “Chinita.” Disregard […]

LETTERS: Hospice Workshop Addresses the ‘End of Life Journey’

Dear Editor, Nikkei and Retirement had a program entitled “What Is Hospice Care?” on Saturday, April 24, at the Christ United Presbyterian Church. The San Francisco Senior Citizens’ resource directory states, “Hospice is a philosophy of care that accepts dying as a natural part of life, and aims to enhance comfort and quality of life […]

The Kanrin Maru and JAs

As Japanese Americans, we should know where we came from and how we came to be. The more we learn about what happened 150 years ago, the more we find as Japanese Americans that we are inextricably tied to the world events, the personalities and the legacy of this special occasion. The 1860 mission initiated […]

LETTERS: Memories of Cypress House, aka JASEB Home

Note: This letter was sent in response to Ben Hamamoto’s “JASEB to Stop Operating Homes for Japanese American Seniors” article, Feb. 4, 2010. Dear Editor, After 20-plus years of operation, the Cypress House has many stories to tell. There must be hundreds. This is one of them. My mother, Hede Takao Shirasawa, was a resident […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Popping Duo

Hey, with the entry of the Year of the Tiger, it’s only appropriate to pop a couple of corks from bottles of Champagne. Nothing says celebration more than Champagne, or in the words of Napoleon, “In victory, you deserve it; in defeat, you need it.” And it doesn’t specifically have to be from the French […]

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