Archives for September 2011

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 […]

Catching up with Godzilla

It’s taken a while for Oakland A’s designated hitter Hideki “Godzilla” Matsui to cause terror on the basepaths. In his debut season with the Athletics, the former World Series MVP with the New York Yankees hasn’t shown much of his previous penchant for the long ball, which saw him blast 50 homeruns in his last […]

‘Jazz Katsu’ mixes jazz and pork on a stick to benefit Japan

SAN JOSE — With thrilling riffs, familiar jazz, old style “scatting” and great eats, the inaugural “Jazz Katsu” collaborative, a free jazz fundraising concert and kushi katsu fry-a-thon, was held at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Aug. 27 in San Jose’s Japantown. Fundraising tickets were sold for two kushi katsu — delectable panko encrusted […]

Typhoon toll rises to 49 dead

OSAKA (Kyodo) — Rescue workers continued their struggle Sept. 7 to reach about 480 people who remain cut off five days after a powerful typhoon wreaked havoc on the Kii Peninsula in western Japan, with the death toll rising to 49 and restoration of water and power supplies still a priority. The death toll from […]

LETTERS: ‘American concentration camp’

Dear Editor: We were recently made aware that the American Jewish Committee (AJC) had requested that the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) disapprove a proposal to utilize the term “American concentration camp” to describe the World War II incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry. In a June 30, 2011, e-mail to the JACL, […]

Letter of support to the American Muslim community

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent on Sept. 3 to three American Muslim organizations — the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).  Dear Muslim American Friends, I am writing to you today to extend a hand of support and understanding, and to let […]

Lessons from America’s past important to recall on the 10th anniversary of 9/11

Ten years ago, the United States was shaken by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks upon New York City and Washington, D.C. In the immediate aftermath, the Japanese American National Museum contemplated its role in response to these unthinkable events. Clearly, more than our country’s national security was under attack. Our way of life as a […]

OBITUARY: Kenji Noda

NODA, KENJI passed away in Fresno, Calif. at the age of 87. He was born on April 23, 1924 and died August 27, 2011. Kenji grew up in Selma, Calif. until 1942 when his family was sent to Gila River concentration camp. During WWII, he served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy. After […]

JACL seeks stories for book on Watsonville’s Japantown

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — The Watsonville-Santa Cruz chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) seeks stories from current and past residents of Watsonville, or the general Santa Cruz County and Parajo Valley areas, as it writes “Watsonville Nihonmachi: Then and Now.” The group hopes to incorporate stories about life in the area before and after […]

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 […]

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