Nichi Bei Times to Fold, May Come Back as a Nonprofit

August 20, 2009

nichi_bei_times.jpgThe Nichi Bei Times, which has been covering the Northern California Japanese American community for 63 years, will cease publication after its Sept. 10 issue.

Earlier this month, the Nichi Bei Times board of directors voted to cease operations for the San Francisco-based publication. Nichi Bei Times Vice President and English Edition Editor Kenji Taguma has formed the Nichi Bei Foundation with a new board of directors and hopes to continue publishing the paper as a nonprofit.

The media is taking a beating from the recession and ethnic media isn't immune. We at Hyphen welcome the Nichi Bei Foundation to the nonprofit struggle to keep independent, community media alive.


Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.



Thanks Harry for posting this. I'm excited to join the nonprofit team behind the Nichi Bei Foundation and invite the community to back us with the same enthusiasm they have shown for Hyphen.
You're welcome, Keith.Here how the San Francisco Chronicle covered the story.It got top of the page treatment in the Business section. Probably helps that the writer, Benny Evangelista, keeps up with what's happening in the Asian American community and may have flagged this story for his editors.