The beauty of youth

LYCHEE LIGHT CLUB By Usamaru Furuya (New York: Vertical Inc., 2011, 328 pp., $16.95, paperback) Growing up is hard. Young boys face adolescence and their oncoming adult lives with eyes like those of a deer caught in headlights. In that sense, “Lychee Light Club” is a “Lord of the Flies” for the new century, as […]

Reduced bus service to ‘accelerate destruction’ of San Francisco’s Japantown

Editor’s Note: According to the San Francisco Unified School District, it has reduced its bus service for the 2012-13 school year, due to ongoing state budget cuts. For more information, visit www.sfusd.edu/en/transportation/transportation-changes.html or call (415) 695-5505. The combined effect of the elimination of SFUSD school bus routes to the Nihonmachi Little Friends stop is the […]

Nikkei bridge the digital, generational divide

Youth and seniors are slowly bridging the gap between the community through a series of workshops that are being held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC). The Digital Leadership Program’s classes encourage senior citizens to embrace technology, and allow San Francisco Japantown’s youth to develop their communication skills. The classroom […]

iTOUR THROUGH HISTORY: New app allows digital media to teach about the Japanese American incarceration experience

Have the days when students learned about Japanese American history through textbooks gone by the wayside? As consumers latch on to the latest tech gadgets, some companies are using digital media to teach about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. From iPhone applications to video games, the emerging trend signals the innovative […]

The princess phenomenon

CINDERELLA ATE MY DAUGHTER: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture By Peggy Orenstein (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011, 256 pp., $25.99, hardcover) While true gender equity has yet to be achieved in this country — women are still underrepresented at top levels of government and industry — we’re at least at […]

Nikkei Community Internship program celebrates 10 years, current class

When surveying community programs a decade ago, Japanese American leaders found a lack of meaningful activities for young people. “There had been a vacuum for a long time of new programs (for young people),” said Jon Osaki, the executive director of Japanese Community Youth Council. In an effort to engage Japanese American young people, the […]

Lotus Preschool in San Jose’s Japantown turns 25, celebrates the love

SAN JOSE — Kids anxiously waited outside the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose to catch a peek of their favorite teacher, “Miss Lynne,” and to celebrate Lotus Preschool’s 25th anniversary. “I don’t think she knew it would be this big or last this long,” George Yamaichi, Lynne Santo Yamaichi’s husband, said of the last […]

Young Leaders Organize Peers to Discuss SF J-Town’s Future

On March 27, a group of youth and young adults gathered for a day of discussion about ways they can play an active role in shaping the future of San Francisco’s Japantown. Frustrated by the current draft of Japantown’s Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP), which will inform the future of its development for decades to come, […]

Asian Grandparents Volunteering at Preschools

At Lotus Preschool located in San Jose’s Japantown, one of the senior volunteers, Kay Park, is teaching Japanese songs to the children. Park is 75 years old. She began volunteering at Lotus Preschool about three years ago, when her granddaughter, Cassidy Yoneda, first attended preschool there. Like many other Asian grandparents, Park has shared the […]

Students Help Families in Honduras Rebuild Lives

Shin Fujiyama will never forget an impoverished 10-year old girl named Juli Marroquin Rodas, whom he first met in the Honduran village of El Progreso in 2005 while volunteering with a college campus group. “She was carrying her baby brother on her back, helping her other brother with his homework and doing math problems herself […]

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