GARDENA — J.K. Yamamoto, Rafu Shimpo reporter, will talk about his career as editor, writer, photographer and reporter on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at Merit Park Recreation Hall, 58 Merit Park Drive, Gardena.

The program is sponsored by the Greater L.A. chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

Yamamoto grew up in Gardena and graduated from California State University, Long Beach. During the 1980s, he wrote for the Nikkei Sentinel (published by Little Tokyo People’s Rights Organization in L.A. and Japanese Community Progressive Alliance in San Francisco), East-West News in San Francisco, and Pacific Ties (UCLA’s Asian American newspaper) before becoming assistant editor of Pacific Citizen, JACL’s then-weekly newspaper.

From 1987 to 2009, he was English editor of the Hokubei Mainichi, a bilingual daily serving the Japanese American community of Northern California. He also wrote occasionally for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. After Hokubei went out of business, he was a correspondent for Nikkei West and worked briefly for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Since November 2010, he has been a reporter for The Rafu Shimpo.

All are welcome. For information, call Louise at (310) 327-3169.

San Francisco Public Press article about the closure of Hokubei Mainichi in 2009.

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