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This year’s Los Angeles Day of Remembrance will be live-streamed via the Japanese American National Museum’s YouTube cha...
02/17/2022
L.A. DOR to Feature Taiko, Generational Stories - Rafu Shimpo

This year’s Los Angeles Day of Remembrance will be live-streamed via the Japanese American National Museum’s YouTube channel at 2 p.m. PST on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Focusing on the theme of “Power of Communities: Building Strength Through Collective Action,” the virtual event will honor the resilience and fight of the community over the 80 years since the signing of Executive Order 9066, and explore the next steps for ensuring a just and equitable future for all.

The annual event commemorates President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II. The event aims to educate attendees on the history of E.O. 9066 and its impact on the Japanese American community, while also creating dialogue around supporting Black and brown communities.

This year’s programming will include a taiko performance by Maceo Hernandez and a historical story from Emiko Kranz.

#DayofRemembrance #janm #japaneseamerican #EO9066
#littletokyo
https://rafu.com/2022/02/l-a-dor-to-feature-taiko-generational-stories/

This year’s Los Angeles Day of Remembrance will be live-streamed via the Japanese American National Museum’s YouTube channel at 2 p.m. PST on Saturday, Feb. 19. Focusing on the theme […]

A great cook, a natural leader, skillful with tools, a real MacGyver, adventurous, outgoing and cheerful: Conner Kurahas...
02/17/2022
Kurahashi, 22, Mourned After Tragic Accident - Rafu Shimpo

A great cook, a natural leader, skillful with tools, a real MacGyver, adventurous, outgoing and cheerful: Conner Kurahashi made an impact on everyone who knew him. A diverse, wide community of friends, family and mentors mourn his tragic death at just 22 years old.

West High School in Torrance, where Kurahashi served as ASB student body president, will host his memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the West High School Performing Arts Center. The service will be presided over by Rev. Kory Quon of Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

The setting is fitting both for the large seating capacity and Kurahashi’s impact on the school. West High posted a tribute on their Instagram page, noting that he led the student body “fearlessly.”

“He was genuinely interested in making West High a better place,” ASB advisor Sue Eriksen said. “Not just for his college apps. He had such good follow-through on his work ethic. Other kids have ideas; he also had amazing follow-through.”

https://rafu.com/2022/02/kurahashi-22-mourned-after-tragic-accident/

By GWEN MURANAKA, Rafu Senior Editor A great cook, a natural leader, skillful with tools, a real MacGyver, adventurous, outgoing and cheerful: Conner Kurahashi made an impact on everyone who […]

https://rafu.com/2022/02/fdr-library-museum-to-commemorate-dor/The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum...
02/16/2022
FDR Library/Museum to Commemorate DOR - Rafu Shimpo

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The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents a Day of Remembrance program (virtual) ‑ in observance of the 80th anniversary of FDR’s signing of Executive Order 9066 — with historian Greg Robinson, author of “By Order of the President,” on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. PST, with an encore presentation on the Day of Remembrance, Saturday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. PST.

HYDE PARK, N.Y. – The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents a Day of Remembrance program (virtual) ‑ in observance of the 80th anniversary of FDR’s signing of […]

Paige Uyehara totaled 16 points and added a team-high seven assists and three steals, as No. 3 Azusa Pacific ran to thei...
02/08/2022
Uyehara Nets 16 as APU Wins 14th Straight in Hawaii - Rafu Shimpo

Paige Uyehara totaled 16 points and added a team-high seven assists and three steals, as No. 3 Azusa Pacific ran to their 14th consecutive win Saturday, 81-64 over Hawaii Pacific.

The victory improved the Cougars’ overall record to 17-1 and 13-0 in the PacWest Conference.

https://rafu.com/2022/02/uyehara-nets-16-as-apu-wins-14th-straight-in-hawaii/

HONOLULU — Paige Uyehara totaled 16 points and added a team-high seven assists and three steals, as No. 3 Azusa Pacific ran to their 14th consecutive win Saturday, 81-64 over […]

As fellow contestant Todrick Hall looks on, Mirai Nagasu chats with her “housemates” on the new season of the CBS contes...
02/08/2022
Nagasu Joins 'Big Brother' Competition - Rafu Shimpo

As fellow contestant Todrick Hall looks on, Mirai Nagasu chats with her “housemates” on the new season of the CBS contest program “Celebrity Big Brother.”

Nagasu, the Olympic medalist figure skater and the first Asian American to join the celebrity version of the televised competition, is among 11 public figures who have moved into the “Big Brother” house and will vie for the $250,000 top prize.

“I’m super excited to be playing the game with such an amazing cast,” Nagasu posted on social media before moving into the house on Jan. 26. It’s time to show them that I can win more than Olympic medals.”

“Celebrity Big Brother” airs on CBS several weeknights until the finale on Feb. 23. Check local listings for air times.

#mirainagasu #bigbrother #CelebrityBigBrother #CBS #olympics
#asianamerican
https://rafu.com/2022/02/nagasu-joins-big-brother-competition/

As fellow contestant Todrick Hall looks on, Mirai Nagasu chats with her “housemates” on the new season of the CBS contest program “Celebrity Big Brother.” Nagasu, the Olympic medalist figure […]

After a historically significant 2021 season, Shohei Ohtani will appear on the cover of “MLB The Show 22.”  This marks t...
02/07/2022
Shohei Ohtani Makes History as First Asian on Major Sports Video Game Cover

After a historically significant 2021 season, Shohei Ohtani will appear on the cover of “MLB The Show 22.”

This marks the first time that an Asian athlete will appear on the cover of the over 20-year-old franchise. It is also the first time in history that an Asian athlete has appeared on the cover of any major American sports video game.

In addition, this is the first time any Angels player has appeared on the cover of “MLB The Show.”

#shoheiohtani #baseball #mlb #ohtani #mlbtheshow #videogames
https://rafu.com/2022/02/shohei-ohtani-makes-history-as-first-asian-on-major-sports-video-game-cover/

After a historically significant 2021 season, Shohei Ohtani will appear on the cover of “MLB The Show 22.” This marks the first time that an Asian athlete will appear on the cover of the over 20-year-old franchise.

The Los Angeles City Council on Jan. 12 approved the Historic-Cultural Monument listing of the Nishiyama Residence/Otomi...
02/07/2022

The Los Angeles City Council on Jan. 12 approved the Historic-Cultural Monument listing of the Nishiyama Residence/Otomisan Japanese Restaurant in Boyle Heights, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy.

The property located at 2504-2508 E. First St. consists of a 1½-story Queen Anne style residence and a one-story vernacular commercial building, significant for its association with early Japanese American settlement patterns in Boyle Heights and for its association with commercial development along the East First Street streetcar line in the 1920s.

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Hiroshima’s Domo Tour begins this weekend in California and will go across the country and back! The legendary Sansei ja...
02/02/2022
Hiroshima Launches Domo Tour - Rafu Shimpo

Hiroshima’s Domo Tour begins this weekend in California and will go across the country and back! The legendary Sansei jazz band will be performing at the Blue Note in #Napa on Feb. 5.

Hiroshima is: Dan Kuramoto, saxes, flutes, shakuhachi, keyboards, percussion; June Kuramoto, koto; Kimo Cornwell, piano, keyboards, synthesizers; Dean Cortez, bass; Land Richards, drums, percussion.

Dan Kuramoto explains, “‘Domo’ is a casual way of saying ‘thank you’ in Japanese. It occurs to me I’ve signed every autograph with ‘Domo’ for the last 40 years.

#hiroshima #domo #smoothjazz #sansei #japaneseamerican #bluenote

https://rafu.com/2022/02/hiroshima-launches-domo-tour/

Hiroshima’s Domo Tour begins this weekend in California and will go across the country and back. Hiroshima is: Dan Kuramoto, saxes, flutes, shakuhachi, keyboards, percussion; June Kuramoto, koto; Kimo Cornwell, […]

The Max Original docuseries “Take Out with Lisa Ling” debuts with all six episodes Thursday, Jan. 27, on HBO Max.In “Tak...
02/02/2022
Docuseries 'Take Out with Lisa Ling' Debuts Jan. 27 - Rafu Shimpo

The Max Original docuseries “Take Out with Lisa Ling” debuts with all six episodes Thursday, Jan. 27, on HBO Max.

In “Take Out,” award-winning journalist Lisa Ling — whose own family story began in a Chinese restaurant — travels from the bayous of Louisiana to Orange County’s Little Saigon, exploring the foods we love while shining a long overdue spotlight on the contributions Asian Americans have been making to this country since before the United States was even the United States.

Little Tokyo-based Go For Broke National Education Center announced, “In one of the episodes, Lisa visits with Doreen Nakama, owner of East Los Musubi. Doreen, part Mexican American and part Japanese American, creates musubi dishes to celebrate her grandfather, Alton Nakama, a member of the famed 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team. Pvt. Nakama was one of the eight members of I Company who walked out of the Vosges Mountains [in France] after the rescue of the Lost Battalion.

“Featured also in the episode are the Go For Broke National Education Center’s Torchbearers. GFBNEC’s Torchbearers are young adults who are dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II.

#lisaling #HBOMax #takeout #asianamerican #orangecounty #littlesaigon #littletokyo #boyleheights #goforbroke

https://rafu.com/2022/01/docuseries-take-out-with-lisa-ling-debuts-jan-27/

The Max Original docuseries “Take Out with Lisa Ling” debuts with all six episodes Thursday, Jan. 27, on HBO Max. When it comes to choosing where to eat out, Chinese, […]

The Leopards of the University of La Verne returned home on Wednesday evening and battled with the visiting California L...
02/01/2022
Kuramoto's Clutch Play Seals Deal for La Verne - Rafu Shimpo

The Leopards of the University of La Verne returned home on Wednesday evening and battled with the visiting California Lutheran Regals. Timely defense and clutch three-point shooting helped boost the Leos to victory, 71-67.

Senior guard Jaelynn Curley led the way offensively while the Leopards were on the road, and carried the ferocity back with her to their home floor. Curley lit up the scoreboard with 31 points, including a game-winner from downtown and two insurance free throws to seal the deal.

#universityoflaverne #basketball #jaelynncurley #womensbasketball
https://rafu.com/2022/01/kuramotos-clutch-play-seals-deal-for-la-verne/

The Leopards of the University of La Verne returned home on Wednesday evening and battled with the visiting California Lutheran Regals. Timely defense and clutch three-point shooting helped boost the […]

Japan Hollywood Network, the local TV broadcaster that airs Japanese-language programs throughout Los Angeles and Orange...
01/31/2022
JTN to Air Quirky Drama Featuring Arashi Star - Rafu Shimpo

Japan Hollywood Network, the local TV broadcaster that airs Japanese-language programs throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, will broadcast the Japanese TV drama “My Neighbor, Chikara,” beginning Sunday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.

The series stars Jun Matsumoto, a member of the wildly popular J-pop group Arashi. The script was written by Kazuhiko Yukawa, who took Japan by storm with “I Am Mita, Your Housekeeper.”

#jhollywoodnet #junmatsumoto #arashi #jpop

https://rafu.com/2022/01/jtn-to-air-quirky-drama-featuring-arashi-star/

Japan Hollywood Network, the local TV broadcaster that airs Japanese-language programs throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, will broadcast the Japanese TV drama “My Neighbor, Chikara,” beginning Sunday, Feb. 13, […]

Chizuru (Chiz) Nakaji Boyea passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 21, 2021, at the age of 101.As an incarceree at Manza...
01/31/2022
OBITUARY: Chiz Nakaji Boyea; Terminal Islander Established Library at Manzanar - Rafu Shimpo

Chizuru (Chiz) Nakaji Boyea passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 21, 2021, at the age of 101.

As an incarceree at Manzanar, Boyea started the camp’s library collection, with just 17 books she brought with her. She recalled carrying some of her precious books, including one of Gilbert and Sullivan, when the family was forced to leave Terminal Island.

As a 10th-grader, Boyea had written a report on Althea Warren, the City of Los Angeles head librarian. While at Manzanar, she led the initiative to establish a library and contacted Warren. As a result, the city donated thousands of books to the Manzanar Library. There was at least one regular City library branch that was closed during that time, which ended up being a vital source of books for Manzanar.

#manzanar #library #japaneseamerican #terminalisland #librarian #chiznakajiboyea

https://rafu.com/2022/01/obituary-chiz-nakaji-boyea-terminal-islander-established-library-at-manzanar/

Chizuru (Chiz) Nakaji Boyea passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 21, 2021, at the age of 101. Boyea was born on Dec. 12, 1919 in Terminal Island, a thriving […]

Lynn Nakamura of St. Francis Japanese Catholic Center provides comments during the L.A. #Metro board meeting.The Los Ang...
01/31/2022
Little Tokyo Stakeholders Call for Underground Rail, Station - Rafu Shimpo

Lynn Nakamura of St. Francis Japanese Catholic Center provides comments during the L.A. #Metro board meeting.

The Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors laid the groundwork Jan. 27 to advance the timetable for a new light rail system that subject to securing adequate funding, could reach from Artesia to Union Station, travel along Alameda Street, and potentially include a station in #LittleTokyo.

Voting unanimously in favor of a motion co-authored by Metro Board President Hilda L. Solis and directors Janice Hahn, Holly Mitchell, Fernando Dutra, and Eric Garcetti, the board took a step closer to ensuring that the 19.3-mile West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) light rail project will provide a single-seat ride connecting the city of Artesia to L.A. Union Station. Solis, Hahn and Mitchell are also members of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and Garcetti is also mayor of Los Angeles.

#santaana #wsab #lightrail #artesia #hildasolis #alameda #maryknoll #transit #rafushimpo #unionstation #rafushimpo

https://rafu.com/2022/01/little-tokyo-stakeholders-call-for-underground-rail-station/

By ELLEN ENDO, Rafu Shimpo The Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors laid the groundwork Thursday to advance the timetable for a new light rail system that, subject to securing […]

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute will celebrate Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution on Sunday, Jan...
01/30/2022
Daniel Dae Kim to Be Honored at Fred Korematsu Day Event - Rafu Shimpo

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute will celebrate Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. PST in partnership with Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF).

Using education, the institute’s overarching vision is to uphold all human and civil rights by inspiring people to, as Fred Korematsu said, “stand up for what is right” by using his story to connect to current issues like civil and constitutional rights and social justice.

This virtual event includes an educational webinar and the presentation of the inaugural Fred Korematsu Social Justice Award to Daniel Dae Kim, actor, producer, and activist, who has spoken up for the AAPI community in the face of historic xenophobia, advocated for equality and social justice, and promoted the use of COVID-19 vaccines to keep the community safe.

#fredkoremtsu #korematsu #japaneseamerican #danieldaekim #StopAAPIHate #standupforwhatisright
https://rafu.com/2022/01/daniel-dae-kim-to-be-honored-at-fred-korematsu-day-event/

SAN FRANCISCO — The Fred T. Korematsu Institute will celebrate Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. PST in partnership with […]

When the San Francisco 49ers face the Los Angeles Rams today in the NFC Championship game, they will be missing one of t...
01/30/2022
OBITUARY: Fusa Takahashi, 94; Nisei Soldier Stamp Campaign Co-leader - Rafu Shimpo

When the San Francisco 49ers face the Los Angeles Rams today in the NFC Championship game, they will be missing one of their biggest fans.

Fusa Takahashi, the energetic co-leader of the Stamp Our Story campaign, passed away on Jan. 16 at her home in Granite Bay, Placer County. She was 94.

Daughter Diane Yuen explained that Takahashi, a big Niners fan, died shortly after watching her beloved team defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card game.

“We think it was the excitement and stress of the game. She spent all week anticipating it,” Yuen said.

Takahashi brought that enthusiasm to the 15-year quest for a postage stamp honoring the Japanese American soldiers of World War II. Speaking to The Rafu Shimpo last year, she said the stamp that depicts a soldier of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team carries an important message to future generations.

“I want to say … always be proud of your heritage and who you are and be proud that you’re Asian American,” Takahashi said.

#fusatakahashi #stampourstory #japaneseamerican #nisei #49ers #sanfrancisco49ers #Rams #NFCChampionshipGame #rafushimpo

https://rafu.com/2022/01/obituary-fusa-takahashi-94-nisei-soldier-stamp-campaign-co-leader/

By GWEN MURANAKA, Rafu Senior Editor Fusa Takahashi, the energetic co-leader of the Stamp Our Story campaign, passed away on Jan. 16 at her home in Granite Bay, Placer County. […]

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Another incident where a tech CEO made disparaging comments towards an Asian American family.
A rally with confederate flags and N**I salutes, happening right now, on Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta/Tujunga. Nice way to observe Juneteenth.
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Japanese section reporter Junko Yoshida has been in Japan but was in the office today.
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