Archives for June 2011

Searching for a wartime photo of Crystal City DOJ camp

The German American Internee Coalition is trying to locate the original hard copy of a photo that was taken at the Crystal City, Texas Department of Justice camp during World War II. Anyone who has the original photo is asked to contact the Coalition via its online contact form, available at www.gaic.info/ContactUs.php. For more information, […]

Honda introduces POW bill

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michael Honda (D-San Jose) introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring U.S. veterans who were held as prisoners of war during World War II, according to a statement his office issued June 22. The resolution commemorates the men and women who were taken as U.S. prisoners of war in the Pacific. It also commends […]

National Park Service to award $2.9 million in JA Confinement Site grants

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service will award 24 grants that total $2.9 million to preserve and interpret sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II. This year — the grant program’s third — the awards will provide $2.9 million to projects in 11 states, Secretary of the Interior […]

COURTING DREAMS: Los Angeles City Council grants Little Tokyo sports complex final approval

LOS ANGELES — The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) inched closer to its goal of building a recreation center in the Japanese American community when the City of Los Angeles gave its final approval on May 17 to develop the Budokan of Los Angeles. The City Council voted to grant LTSC a long-term ground lease […]

Shirley Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chinatown’s culinary queen, dies at 64

Shirley Fong-Torres, renowned San Franciscan travel writer and chef, passed away at the age of 64 after a bout with leukemia. She was hospitalized in April for treatment and was briefly released to recover at home. However, she went into relapse and passed away on June 18, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. San Francisco’s Asian […]

Tweets to cheer disaster victims find way into books

TOKYO — When the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan on March 11 and knocked out telephone lines, Twitter was flooded with messages trying to reach people affected, including expressions of encouragement, and those words are now making their way into books as memorials of the country’s biggest postwar crisis. “Pray For Japan,” a printed version of […]

Nominations being accepted for Okamoto volunteer and leadership awards

The committee for the 2011 Kay Okamoto Volunteer Award and Takeo Okamoto Leadership Award announced on June 16 that they are now accepting nominations for two awards to recognize individuals who “demonstrate a deep concern for the Nikkei community within which they actively participate.” The award recipients will receive a total prize of $1,000 each, […]

LETTERS: The ‘joy, challenges and essence of being a hapa’

Note: The following letter was sent in response to the “In Mixed Company: Multiracial academics, advocates and artists gather for Hapa Japan Conference” article that was published in the May 26 – June 1, 2011 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Thank you, Alec, for your excellent article on the Hapa Japan Conference held at […]

Japanese government honors Sen. Daniel Inouye

The Japanese government announced on June 18 that U.S. Sen. Daniel Ken Inouye (D-Hawai‘i) will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, the highest level of National Orders for ordinary foreigners. The award recognizes his continued significance and unprecedented contribution to enhancing goodwill and understanding between the two nations, a statement […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: True Revival

真 (Makoto or Shin) means “true or truth,” and forms a person’s head and face facing down, to indicate a person’s death. When a person dies, he or she doesn’t change; he is unchangeable and becomes egoless. And 復 (Fuku) means “revival,” which consists of three parts. The left side of the character represents half […]

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