The Nichi Bei Foundation will present this fundraising event to support the nonprofit community newspaper Nichi Bei Weekly, to promote the health benefits of soy bean product consumption and enhance the public knowledge of soy and tofu products.
About the Nichi Bei Foundation and the Nichi Bei Weekly
As the historic Nichi Bei Times board of directors decided to close the newspaper after 63 years in September of 2009, a group of Nichi Bei Times staff and contributing writers, media professionals and community leaders — encouraged and supported by the Japanese American community — set out to rebuild in the spirit of the pioneering Japanese immigrants, brick by brick.
They established the Nichi Bei Foundation, an educational and charitable nonprofit organization, as a means to support community organizations, shed light on community issues and document the community’s history. Just one week after the last edition of the Nichi Bei Times rolled off the presses, the very first edition of the Nichi Bei Weekly was published as the first nonprofit ethnic newspaper of its kind in the country.
The Nichi Bei Weekly has produced some landmark publications, such as:
• The Japanese Culture and Cherry Blossom Festivals Guide, the only annual guide to Japanese culture in the country, featuring cultural centers, cultural arts class listings, and spring festivals throughout the country;
- The Obon and Summer Festivals Guide, the only publication highlighting festivals throughout the nation;
- The Japanese American Community Resource Guide, highlighting community-based nonprofit organizations, guides and historical maps of the last three remaining Japantowns, cultural arts listings, Japanese Language School Directory, and historical destinations relative to Japanese Americans.
The Nichi Bei Foundation has evolved to present meaningful educational programs such as the Films of Remembrance, a day-long series of films related to the wartime incarceration of the Japanese American community, and determined to get the community reconnected to its forgotten legacy, over three years thus far the organization led more than a total of 1,300 on pilgrimages to the former Immigration Station on Angel Island — the entry point for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Asia.
Born in one of the worst economic climates in decades, with virtually no seed money, the pioneering rebirth of the Nichi Bei Foundation and the Nichi Bei Weekly has become one of the most inspired community movements in recent memory. Inspired by a community-serving historical legacy, the Nichi Bei Foundation and the Nichi Bei Weekly have a simple yet profound mission: to keep the community connected, informed and empowered.