Archives for September 2010

Journey Back to Topaz: Former inmates take pilgrimage to former Central Utah concentration camp

Although May Saito Takashima was only 9 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked, that Sunday is seared into her memory. “That’s when I became a ‘Jap’ overnight,” said Takashima, who participated in the recent pilgrimage to the former Topaz (Central Utah) concentration camp. “When I went to school Monday, I became a ‘Jap.’ I […]

JCCCNC’s ‘Tabemasho’ fundraiser celebrates family and food

On Sept. 25, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) filled with food and family for its biggest annual fundraising event, “Tabemasho.” The warm air buzzed with conversation and brimmed with the rich, tempting smells of appetizers prepared by more than 10 guest chefs, a fitting atmosphere for the event’s theme “from […]

Going back to ‘Ground Zero’ called Topaz

This past August, Ken Yoshida went back to Topaz, Utah, where, in 1944, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent picked him up. “The FBI agent came inside our barrack because it was windy and dusty outside. But it was windy and dusty inside, too,” recalled Yoshida, who was, at that time, going to be taken […]

In SF City Hall hearing, Arabs and South Asians call for an end to discrimination

Arabs, Muslims, Central and South Asians from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area say they are fed up with being discriminated against because of their religion or appearance. At a special Human Rights Commission hearing at San Francisco’s City Hall Sept. 23, more than 150 concerned community members gathered in the main hearing room and […]

Bill establishes Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day

Sacramento — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sept. 23 signed Assembly Bill 1775, which establishes Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. The bill uses the wrongful conviction of Fred Korematsu during World War II to emphasize the importance of preserving civil liberties and the Constitution. “Fred Korematsu was an ordinary […]

Japanese American WWII students at City College of SF sought for diploma project

The California Nisei College Diploma Project (CA Nisei Project) is seeking to locate those Japanese Americans whose studies at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) were halted due to the signing of Executive Order 9066 during World War II. California Assembly Bill 37 (AB37) calls for honorary degrees to be presented to more than […]

Ichiro reaches 200 hits for 10th straight season

TORONTO (Kyodo) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki extended his major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to 10 on Sept. 23 after going 2-for-5 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Suzuki, who came into the game with 198 hits, also tied Pete Rose for the most career 200-hit seasons after hitting a double down the […]

JASEB expands mission, renames itself J-Sei and hires new executive director

BERKELEY, Calif. — Japanese American Services of the East Bay (JASEB) announced on Sept. 22 two major developments in its 39-year history. Following a rebranding process, the agency has changed its name to J-Sei, to reflect the recent expansion of its mission. The agency said in a statement that it will “continue to serve seniors, […]

Nisei hibakusha reflects upon wartime experience during Topaz pilgrimage

To recognize the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Jack Dairiki, a Nisei hibakusha on the Topaz pilgrimage bus, shared his experiences. When Dairiki was in the 5th grade, the Sacramento-born Nisei accompanied his father to Hiroshima in 1941 to visit his ailing grandfather. They boarded the Tatsuta Maru in July […]

OBITUARY: Frances Fumiye Okamoto (Koga)

OKAMOTO (KOGA), FRANCES FUMIYE, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in Stockton. Frances was born and educated in Alameda, Calif., completing high school in the Manzanar concentration camp during WWII. Frances married Tom Okamoto in May 1947, and they made their permanent residence in Stockton. Frances’s family legacy includes daughters Patti Yep […]

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