Rabbit Ramblings

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Avoiding government-induced poison

Well, that does it. From now on, I plan to buy mostly organic produce. I know that it will cost me a bit more, but after watching the new Rachel Carson documentary, this is a small price to pay for food that is certified to have no pesticides or herbicides used in its production. And […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: A wake up call

Uncertainty is an uncomfortable emotion and state of existing, and we’re living through such times, what with the outcome of the elections. But we have to go on living and going about our business in our usual ways. What were we thankful for at Thanksgiving time? The bountiful tables and cheery dinners were as good […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Confronting ‘trauma’ at Tule Lake, and a call to action

Another Tule Lake Pilgrimage is over. This last one, held over the Fourth of July weekend, from July 1-4, was the 21st. First held in 1974, this amounts to roughly 42 years of activity, an impressive accomplishment for this biennial gathering. I went several times while I lived in Seattle, and our trusty leader, Stan […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Rooting for the Warriors (and thoughts on race)

So I’ve become a rabid Warriors fan in the last few years. I’m sure that there are mobs of others who have gotten interested in this team — not just in the Bay Area — but worldwide, because of their prowess and spectacular play. It seems to me that this year is special and we […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Culture and history collide in wartime family drama

“I have been thinking about this subject for a long time,” said Luis Valdez in a phone conversation. Valdez, who is a world renown playwright and writer, was referring to his new play, “Valley of the Heart,” which he calls a “kabuki (classical Japanese dance and drama) corrido.” First performed in San Juan Bautista, Calif. […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: A ‘phantasmagoric, dreamy depiction’ of one man’s post-camp life

For a long time, I have thought of the incarceration experience as full of possibilities for drama, fiction and other forms of creative expression. So much happened in the camps. Those were times that tried men’s (and women’s) souls, so to speak, and all were punished for the accident of their ancestry. Circumstances forced hard […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Fighting for just ideals

We’ve had such a flurry of mentions of camp history in the last several months that obviously there’s renewed interest about what happened to us during World War II. We did have national attention when the Rago auction was taking place, and then that mayor of Roanoke, Va. brought it up apropos the question of […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Who gets to tell the Japanese American incarceration story?

What are the meanings to be found in our camp experience? And why am I puzzling over such a deep question, and why now? It’s because I am involved in an inquiry about the contents that are to be placed in the Topaz Museum. As many of you know, there has been a multi-year effort […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Human nature, incarceration and intimidation

I recently saw “Stanford Prison Experiment,” a feature film based on an experiment conducted by Stanford University professor Philip Zimbardo in 1971. This is a famous study, one that is apparently cited in many psychology classes and I had heard of it. It was to study human behavior in a prison setting and a group […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Grassroots movement halts auction of WWII incarceration artifacts

Editor’s Note: Chizu Omori is a member of the Ad Hoc Committee to Oppose the Sale of Japanese American Historical Artifacts. I have been witness to an amazing event. In case you haven’t heard about it, please check out the Facebook page, “Japanese American History: NOT For Sale.” The page and a petition accompanying it […]

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