The Strange Story of Yoshie Akiba, War Orphan Turned Club Owner
My name is Yoshie. But my club is called Yoshi’s. It’s easier for Americans to say. When I was a little girl, I lived in an orphanage in Zushi, Japan. There was a U.S. naval base nearby with an officers’ club, and they invited us to Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving—all these special events. At that time, […]
Will the Bubble Burst? Inside Berkeley’s Boba Tea Craze
These days, you can hardly throw a rock in Berkeley without hitting a boba shop.
From Closet Gamer to Millionaire: How Kevin Chou Made It Big
A lot of people talk about giving back. Kevin Chou did it.
At 50, People’s Park Abides. But How Much Longer?
Half a century after the park’s founding, development looms. It’s a quarter past three on a sunny spring Thursday in Berkeley. After weeks of rain, People’s Park is bursting with life: a sea of yellow, purple, and red flowers pours from the gardens on the west side of the 2.8-acre park, while the occasional gust […]
An Incurable Infection Is on the Rise. A Vaccine Remains Elusive.
Despite long-running efforts by UC researchers, there is still no vaccine for valley fever. Sherry D. Martinez thought she had the flu. The then-45-year-old had all the usual symptoms—fever, fatigue, sore joints—and then some. When it became difficult to breathe, a doctor diagnosed her with pneumonia and sent her home with antibiotics. A few days […]
Get Your Head in the Game: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Baseball
How to watch baseball like a philosopher I arrive at Evans Diamond on a chilly Friday night, find a bleacher seat among the 400-plus fans in attendance, put my phone on airplane mode, and pull out my scorebook. This is not my usual ballpark routine, but tonight I’m determined to watch this game through new […]
“Our Democracy Is on the Line”: Q&A with Cartoonist Darrin Bell
Once on staff at the Daily Cal, Bell is now a Pulitzer Prize winner. Darrin Bell was about 5 years old when he discovered political cartoons. He was living in Southern California, and he came across the work of Paul Conrad while leafing through issues of the Los Angeles Times. “I was just a little […]
Chancellor’s Letter: Anxiety and Admissions
Berkeley’s admissions policies for athletes include a number of checks and balances specifically designed to protect the integrity of the admissions process and to ensure that students are qualified both in academics and athletics. There should not be side or back doors for admission to Berkeley. While we are committed to doing what we can […]
Editor’s Note: Going Deep
I’ve always loved everything about baseball. Everything except playing it. It was just never my game. My left eye wandered and I couldn’t hit to save my life. I could throw but tended to overthrow. Worse, I lacked baseball smarts. I remember stealing second once. As I dusted myself off, the shortstop casually informed me […]