Opinion

California chief justice on the right side of history

We applaud Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court for taking a strong position against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement practice of stalking undocumented immigrants in California courthouses. “There is ample evidence that immigrants view such practices as a form of stalking that deters them from seeking justice for themselves or cooperating in […]

We will fight back in defense of our communities

As Donald Trump’s presidency barely passed its one-month mark, Trump has launched profound threats against immigrants and refugees, our human rights, and our climate. In the face of his hateful and destructive policies, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are rising up. Recently, 10 out of 14 members of the president’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans […]

Japanese Americans speak up for Muslim Americans

SAN JOSE, Calif. — “A monetary sum and words alone cannot restore lost years or erase painful memories. Neither can they fully convey our nation’s resolve to rectify injustice and to uphold the rights of individuals.” Tom Oshidari, co-president of the Japanese American Citizens League, San Jose chapter, was reading from the letter he had […]

NY DOR on the 75th anniversary of EO9066: Never again!

Editor’s Note: The following is a speech made at the 2017 New York Day of Remembrance. Imagine your family immigrated to this country. (That would include most of us). And please imagine that your country of origin is at conflict with the United States. You are torn, because you hate violence. In fact it may […]

Okinawa Americans demand halt of U.S. military base construction

We, people with ancestral ties to Okinawa living in the United States of America, demand the immediate halting of new U.S. military base construction at Henoko, Okinawa. This demand is presented to both governments of Japan and the U.S. The reasons for our demands include, but are not limited to the following: Irreversible harm to […]

Never again! No Muslim incarceration

Editor’s Note: The following commentary was originally published by the Freedom Socialist. Most people don’t know where Rohwer, Ark. or Tule Lake, Calif. are located. I do. My parents’ families were incarcerated in both those concentration camps during World War II. The U.S. government rounded up and jailed 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans for “posing […]

The Tule Lake issues

The National Park Service (NPS) has recently held hearings concerning the Tule Lake Segregation Center issue in several cities. In view of this, there are two issues which need to be addressed, and that is the Tule Lake stockade and the Tule Lake cemetery. First, the stockade. There at Tule Lake exists the remnants of the stockade. […]

Not fit for print (Apparently in the white media establishment)

First it was letters to the Travel Section of the Los Angeles Times, followed by an op-ed piece in The New York Times. These opinion pieces distorted the real experiences of the majority of Japanese Americans who had been placed into United States-style concentration camps during World War II. Seems like with the rise of […]

Mike Honda is our Nikkei of the Year

Mike Honda has had a long and storied career in public service, which started with the Peace Corps in El Salvador to his steady rise up from a teacher, principal, member of the San Jose Planning Commission, San Jose Unified School Board and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was elected to the […]

Trying to regain hope in a time of fear and uncertainty

As the election polls started closing on Nov. 8, most of America was in a state of utter shock, as a presidential candidate who so easily stoked the flames of racism, sexism, xenophobia and misogyny was suddenly trust into the office of the presidency. A mere eight years after a movement for hope and change […]

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