Archives for June 2011

Korematsu and Hirabayashi families, legal teams react to ‘confession of error’

The families and legal teams of Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi, two civil rights icons, reacted to the news that the U.S. Department of Justice has finally admitted its mistakes in the cases challenging the government’s World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. The “confession of error,” posted by then-acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal on […]

Peruvian president apologizes for wartime persecution of Japanese

LIMA, Peru (Kyodo) — Peruvian President Alan Garcia apologized June 14 for his government’s persecution and forced emigration of Japanese and Japanese Peruvians to the United States during World War II, marking the first such gesture by the Andean country, according a diplomatic source. The apology came during his speech delivered at a Japanese Peruvian […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The Japanese American fight for gay and lesbian rights

  This week’s piece represents a fifth entry in the series of annual columns I have produced for Nichi Bei on the Queer heritage of Japanese Americans. In past pieces I have looked at the hidden and sometimes complex sexual history of early Japanese immigrants; the evolution of widespread anti-gay prejudice in mid-century Japanese communities, […]

OBITUARY: Mary Shizuko Ishida (née Mizono)

ISHIDA (NÉE MIZONO), SHIZUKO, MARY was born on Feb. 21, 1921 and passed away on June 10, 2011 at her home in the Inner Richmond with her family by her side. Mary was born in San Francisco where she grew up in a house on Steiner Street. During World War II, she traveled across the […]

IMPORTING AMERICA’S PASTIME: The 75th anniversary of U.S. ball players in Japan

Japan’s love affair with baseball began in the early 1880s and this shared passion created an enduring bond with the United States, surviving even through war. In fact, in Nicholas Dawidoff’s book “The Catcher Was a Spy,” the author notes that after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, Major League ballplayer Moe Berg pleaded with […]

Something new at Sake San Jose in Japantown

SAN JOSE — Have you ever wondered, “What kind of food goes with cold sake?” The answer was clear at the sixth annual Sake San Jose fundraising event for Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service, held May 26. The event, which supports the nonprofit’s Healthy Aging Initiative and various programs, is a regular crowd […]

Agreement signed for MIS Learning Center at Building 640

Memorial Day could have been a solemn occasion for Military Intelligence Service (MIS) veteran Marvin Uratsu, as his brother Gene — one of the Japanese language instructors of the first class secretly trained in the Presidio of San Francisco’s Building 640 — passed away in March. But the surviving brother found the recent signing of […]

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 […]

Keiko Fujimori loses Peru’s election, remains force to be reckoned with

CHICAGO, Ill. — Keiko Fujimori lost Peru’s presidential election on June 3. But don’t expect the dynamic, if difficult, Keiko — age 36, female, Gen Xer, of Japanese descent, mother of two toddlers, spouse of an American and daughter of a former president, who is now incarcerated — to fade into the shadows of Latin […]

Family maintains Le is alive as police classify case as murder

HAYWARD, Calif. (Bay City News Service) — Family members of missing nursing student Michelle Le said June 7 they think Le is still alive even though the Hayward Police Department is treating the case as a homicide. “We are not giving up on finding Michelle alive,” Le’s father, Son Le, said. Le, 26, went missing […]

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