COVID-19 claims two in J-Sei Home

Following its Jan. 17 announcement of confirmed COVID-19 cases at J-Sei Home, an assisted living facility in Hayward, Calif., two residents have since died, according to Diane Wong, J-Sei’s executive director. According to Wong’s Jan. 31 e-mail statement, all of J-Sei Home’s staff and residents have tested negative and “sufficient time has passed allowing the […]

Racism targets Asian food, business during COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus spread throughout the U.S., bigotry toward Asian Americans was not far behind, fueled by the news that COVID-19 first appeared in China. Some initial evidence suggested the virus began in bats, which infected another animal that may have spread it to people at one of Wuhan, China’s “wet markets.” Such markets sell […]

Kristi Yamaguchi’s program uniquely positioned to supplement COVID-era education

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Founded by the renown figure skating gold medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” champion, the organization helps underserved kindergartners develop good reading habits through their Always Reading Program. The program has been particularly busy during the pandemic, as many kids have had to attend […]

Sheltering-in-place in a senior residential facility

Retirees Kiyoshi and Tazuko Naito once led busy lives, visiting Japan twice a year, going on cruises, attending Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants games, visiting museums and dining in restaurants several times a month. However, the coronavirus pandemic has hampered the couple’s lifestyle, which Kiyoshi Naito, 86, described in an e-mail to the Nichi […]

Let’s Talk … About thriving in the pandemic, Part 2

We have many things to look forward to in 2021, a kind of U-turn, but on a different plane of living. The “new normal” will forever be inflected by this harrowing epidemic, unprecedented political instability and the raw social injustice brought to the heart of 2020. Like the lumbering ox that represents the Chinese zodiac […]

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: 20 thoughts of 2020

Here are an assortment of my thoughts, some serious, some not, about the past year: • Skills I gained this year: I am better at teleconferencing, gardening and washing my hands. • If someone from 2019 told me those were the skills I would acquire, I would’ve been really confused. • I actually don’t think […]

Olympic skater Mirai Nagasu helps save parents’ restaurant

Mirai Nagasu, the winner of a bronze medal in the team event at the 2018 Olympics, knows the thrill of victory. Her parents, on the other hand, felt the agony of defeat as their restaurant almost became a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic — until their daughter came to their rescue. Her parents Ikuko and […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: A global pandemic equals a family history opportunity

We certainly are living through unusual times. With the pandemic, most of us are still sheltering in place, wearing masks to the market, and desperately missing physical contact with our closest friends and extended family members. What’s interesting to me is that while many people are stressed with the changes, others are thriving. I’m a […]

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