‘Telling Stories’ shorts at Films of Remembrance spotlights little-known WWII episodes

The Nichi Bei Foundation will present the sixth annual Films of Remembrance Saturday, Feb. 25 at the New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. in San Francisco’s Japantown. Three short films, each telling the World War II incarceration experience through unique lenses, compose the “Telling Stories” shorts program at 12:15 p.m. For more information or tickets, […]

Angus Macbeth, CWRIC special counsel, dies

The Japanese American Citizens League issued a statement Jan. 23 “mourn(ing) the passing of Angus Macbeth, who served as special counsel to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) and headed its staff. The CWRIC report, “Personal Justice Denied,” and its recommendations formed the basis for the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.” […]

Arkansas ‘Relocation’: Film explores impact of camps on inmates’ children

In 1942, some 120,000 West Coast Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and imprisoned in concentration camps throughout the country. A film showing the impact of the incarceration on the children born to inmates in the Rohwer camp, or after the Arkansas camp closed down, will be shown in conjunction with the Day of […]

Let’s Talk … About remembering

The ability to remember is something we may take for granted on a daily basis. We rely on our ability to remember in order to learn new things, avoid repeating mistakes, and to re-live experiences from our past. When it comes to painful memories of difficult times, particularly traumatic experiences that overwhelmed us, we may […]

Korematsu Day tackles mass incarceration across communities

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Fred T. Korematsu Institute held its seventh annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution program Jan. 29 at the Paramount Theatre. The program, entitled “Mass Incarceration Across Communities: What’s Next?,” commemorated the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Korematsu defied military orders — that incarcerated some 120,000 people […]

A ‘delectable’ though perhaps ‘paradoxical’ tribute to a civil rights icon

FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP By Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette. (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday Books, 2017, 112 pp., $18, hardcover) As indulgent friend/relative and indefatigable book advocate, one activity I have always found a great challenge is finding holiday books for the children on my list. (I have sometimes tongue-in-cheek attributed my […]

Couple’s exhaustive search for documents led to truth behind WWll incarceration camps: Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga donates historic papers to UCLA Library Special Collections

LOS ANGELES — Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga was born an American citizen in Sacramento. She grew up in Los Angeles. But none of these facts prevented the U.S. government from incarcerating her and her family — alongside more than 120,000 residents of Japanese descent living on the West Coast, many of whom were also American citizens — […]

Renowned community photographer Archie Miyatake dies

Editor’s Note: The following press release was issued by the Manzanar Committee. LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of former Manzanar incarceree and renowned community photographer Archie Miyatake, 92, who passed away on Dec. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Miyatake family is best known for being the […]

A ‘powerful’ (and ‘critical’) case for the Asian American Movement

SERVE THE PEOPLE: MAKING ASIAN AMERICA IN THE LONG SIXTIES By Karen L. Ishizuka (London: Verso, 2016, 288 pp., $29.95, hardcover) In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, which prompted the U.S. government to imprison 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry (two-thirds of which were U.S. citizens) in concentration camps, a […]

Memoirist intertwines family, farming and feelings of the heart

CHANGING SEASON: A FATHER, A DAUGHTER, A FAMILY FARM By David Mas Masumoto with Nikiko Masumoto (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, 2016, 192 pp., $16, paperback) In the mid-1980s, while researching the World War II incarceration experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry at the Gila River Relocation Center in south central Arizona, I discovered a brief yet […]

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