Jeremy Lin and Bruce Lee

All my life I’ve wondered exactly how Bruce Lee, the world’s greatest martial artist (at least in film), could be Asian, but there had never been a dominant, cat-quick, ninja-like point guard, akin to Allen Iverson, or Brandon Jennings — thin, wiry, yet strong and fluid, and SO quick you couldn’t stop him. As an […]

Lodi Nisei baseball legend ‘Mauch’ Yamashita dies: Local baseball field was named after longtime manager

LODI, Calif. — Masato “Mauch” Yamashita, a veteran of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team who served as the longtime manager of the Lodi Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) baseball team and had a local baseball field named after him, died on Dec. 7, 2011 from complications following a heart attack, sources said. He was […]

Petition launched to rename Arizona park to commemorate wartime incarceration

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The city of Chandler, Ariz. drafted plans for “Nozomi Park” in 2005, but has since suspended indefinitely its plans due to budgeting shortfalls. The 70-acre park was meant to honor those of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in the state during World War II. The park’s name, which means “hope” in Japanese, […]

Catching up with Godzilla

It’s taken a while for Oakland A’s designated hitter Hideki “Godzilla” Matsui to cause terror on the basepaths. In his debut season with the Athletics, the former World Series MVP with the New York Yankees hasn’t shown much of his previous penchant for the long ball, which saw him blast 50 homeruns in his last […]

Japanese comedians beat up female Korean martial artist

South Korean netizens are in an uproar over a popular Japanese variety show that featured three well-known comedians beating up a female Korean martial artist, reports South Korea’s Chosun Daily. According to the report, Soo-young Lim, 27, was seriously injured during what was supposed to be a mock match with the three Japanese comedians on […]

The father of Japanese American baseball

Kenichi Zenimura: Japanese American Baseball Pioneer By Bill Staples Jr. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2011, 282 pp., $40, paperback)  As a fan of Japanese American baseball history, I have been anticipating the release of what is one of only a handful of books written on the subject so far. The book thoroughly […]

COURTING DREAMS: Los Angeles City Council grants Little Tokyo sports complex final approval

LOS ANGELES — The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) inched closer to its goal of building a recreation center in the Japanese American community when the City of Los Angeles gave its final approval on May 17 to develop the Budokan of Los Angeles. The City Council voted to grant LTSC a long-term ground lease […]

Yu-Ai Kai’s ‘Run for All Ages’ in SJ’s Japantown

SAN JOSE — Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service held its annual “Run for All Ages,” a one-, two-, and three-mile run/walk, in conjunction with its Health Fair and the annual Nikkei Matsuri on May 1 in Japantown. Irene Nakamitsu said she was participating in the festivities to support the nonprofit, as well as […]

Nikkei siblings take bronze in world ice dance championship

In a show of skill, siblings and partners Alex and Maia Shibutani secured the bronze medal for ice dancing in the World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow. The U.S. dominated ice dancing with the gold going to Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who beat Canadian skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and the third team […]

San Jose State gymnast going to Nationals

San Jose State University women’s gymnast Katie Valleau will compete in the 2011 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which will be held April 15-17, in Cleveland, Ohio. Valleau scored a career-best 9.900 to tie three other gymnasts for first place at the NCAA Corvallis Regional held April 2. In advancing to the championships, the gymnast, […]

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