Nichi Bei Times

Nichi Bei Times is Northern California's oldest and most honored Japanese American newspaper.

Updated January 2009


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Exhibit Examines 'The Many Faces of Manga'

The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), in collaboration with the Nichi Bei Times, is presenting an exhibit of the ever-popular artform of manga and anime in the heart of San Francisco's Japantown.

Titled "The Many Faces of Manga," the exhibit includes the work of Japanese American and Asian American comic artists from throughout the country, feature stories from the past three Nichi Bei Times Anime and Manga Special Editions, and the winners of the past two Nichi Bei Times Manga Art Contests. It will be held from Saturday, Jan. 10 through Tuesday, June 30 at the NJAHS Gallery ...

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'Flower Drum Song' Actor, a Groundbreaking Leading Man Four Decades Ago, Sings a Slightly Different Tune

It’s often noted that James Shigeta is the only Asian American actor to be groomed as a romantic lead in Hollywood’s studio system. At a time when interracial relationships were rare, Shigeta romanced leading ladies, who also happened to be Caucasian, in the groundbreaking films “The Crimson Kimono” (1959) and “Bridge to the Sun” (1961).

His most celebrated role later came in the splashy 1961 movie musical “Flower Drum Song,” where he performed opposite Nancy Kwan in a film that paved the way for the next generation of Asian Americans in media.

Now 45 years later, Shigeta has ...

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