OBITUARY: William H. Kika

KIKA, WILLIAM H. passed away after a brief illness on December 25, 2011. He was 91 years young! Born Aug. 8, 1920. Beloved husband of the late Joan K. Kika. Loving father of Gerald, Cecilia (Keith) Candace & William A. (deceased). Cherished grandfather of Paul & Susie Terasaki, Brother Shorge (Kitty). He retired from the […]

“Miwa: A Japanese Icon” Tonight at the Castro

In Japan, Miwa Akihiro is a household name. The 76-year-old, openly gay, bleached blonde, drag queen, actor/author/singer is a regular face on Japanese television, known for making outrageous, cutting and (sometimes) insightful comments on news and culture. In the U.S., he is known mostly known for his film roles—playing the femme fatale in Kinji Fukusaku’s […]

What’s oppression of a minority in a world with no majority?

On March 4, CNN published a story that shocked me. The headline, both eye catching and ridiculous, read, “Are whites racially oppressed?” As Angry Asian Man said, “NO.” The article looks into what CNN calls “racial jujitsu,” whites adopting the language and protest tactics of an embattled minority group. They cite conservatives, like talk show […]

Fall of Japan? A look at 2010 and what it might spell for J-Pop around the world

So it’s another year, and while real life doesn’t actually revolve around the increment of 365 ¼ days, it’s good to know that we like to box everything into little categories. Ronald Kelts, author of Japanamerica, wrote last January that Japan may have jumped the shark: 2009 wasn’t such a hot year for them either, […]

Events, Jan. 6-12

THURSDAY, JANUARY 6 AND SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 The Japanese American Museum of San Jose will hold a docent training from 1 to 4 p.m. at 535 North Fifth St. in San Jose’s Japantown. Aggie Idemoto and Joe Yasutake will facilitate the workshops, and train volunteers on how to enhance the visitor experience by interpreting exhibits, […]

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