Little Tokyo community discusses concerns and fears about Trump

LOS ANGELES — Japanese Americans and friends gathered for a meeting held at the Japanese American National Museum Nov. 13 to discuss their concerns and fears about how President-elect Donald Trump and his administration might affect the nation and this community. Bill Watanabe, retired executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center, revealed to the […]

Heart Mountain film wins Emmys

LOS ANGELES — “Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain” won three Emmy Awards at the 66th annual Emmy Awards on July 26. David Ono, co-producer, won Outstanding Writer – Programming and Jeff MacIntyre, co-producer, won  Outstanding Editor – Programming and Outstanding Videographer – Single Camera Programming. “This isn’t just a win for the show, it […]

Lost words

It has been said by many that writing letters is a lost art form. People under the age of 35 or so may have never experienced the sentimental emotions of discovering that dusty old shoebox full of beautifully crafted letters that convey love, joy, sorrow and introspection. The grief-stricken letter with tear-stained handwriting or the […]

Extras in ‘Conscience’ DVD add a fuller, if not more controversial, picture

“Conscience and the Constitution,” the documentary on the only organized draft resistance movement to come out of a U.S. concentration camp during World War II, has been re-issued as a two disc DVD set with two hours of additional footage and interviews. When “Conscience” first came out in 2000, it uncovered the untold story of […]

LETTERS: Remembering the ‘real Senate redress hero,’ Spark Matsunaga

Dear Editor: In the run-up to the Heart Mountain [Interpretive Learning Center] opening, [former Senator] Alan Simpson said to a Wyoming reporter that redress couldn’t have been done without me. This was all very nice, but on the Senate floor in the spring of 1988, Simpson voted for an amendment offered by Jesse Helms to […]

IN REMEMBRANCE: Website documents wartime incarceration, one photo at a time

Inspired by the accounts of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II, photographer Andy Frazer now shares their stories through profiles on his Website, Kioku: Portraits of Japanese-American Internment. Kioku means remembrance in Japanese. Frazer interviews the former inmates and shoots black-and-white images that he then displays online at www.gorillasites.com/kioku/default.htm. “The original goal […]

Etsu Mineta Masaoka dies

Etsu Mineta Masaoka, a longtime member of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and widow of one of the organization’s leading icons, passed away in Maryland. Born May 14, 1916, she was 95. Mineta attended most of the National JACL Conventions during the past 60 years. She was the sister of Norman Mineta, whose political […]

Muslim, Japanese American youth empowered by history

LOS ANGELES — “Have you ever been called a racist name?” Mustafah Hawari, 17, asks Yuka Ogino, 23, a Japanese American coordinator at the Bridging Communities Program. “Yes, I have,” she tells Hawari and the small group of students sitting on the floor at a mosque in Anaheim, Calif. The students, most of them Muslim […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Kiyoshi Okamoto, an unsung hero of the camp resistance movement

It was a solemn and moving ceremony in a Buddhist church last month, the funeral for Frank Emi. At 94, his time had come, and so a steadfast American patriot was honored and put to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Los Angeles. When the light that was Frank’s spirit — which had burned so steadily […]

Remembering Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee leader Frank Emi

Frank Seishi Emi was a fighter. The word “retreat” was not in Frank’s vocabulary. He, and he alone, would decide when it was time to move on. Sadly, that time has arrived. Frank’s battle began in 1943 in the Heart Mountain concentration camp when the so-called “loyalty questionnaire” was circulated, ostensibly to help the government […]

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