Archives for October 2012

Redress advocate, former legislator Dymally dies

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) mourned the passing of former California lawmaker Rep. Mervyn Dymally, a staunch supporter of Japanese American redress, the organization said in a statement released on Oct. 9. He was 86. Dymally, who passed away in Los Angeles on Oct. 7, was known for being a strong supporter of redress […]

LET’S TALK: About Mental Health

It’s something we often take for granted — a feeling of well-being, a positive outlook for the future, clarity of thought, and so forth. Then something comes your way that knocks you flat, whether it’s a job loss, relationship problems, financial stressors, or someone you love passes away. Depression, confusion or anger may follow. Those […]

San Jose arts group honors co-founder

SAN JOSE — Community members, politicians, artists and arts advocates honored Jerry Hiura, a Japantown dentist whose passion for the arts, fine and otherwise, has led him to lead arts commissions and councils, chair arts committees, and help found a nonprofit organization that brings Asian American artists, theater and films to a San Jose audience. […]

Parents, students gather to mourn death of teacher accused of molestation

ALBANY, Calif. (Bay City News Service) — Parents, students and staff gathered outside Albany Middle School Oct. 2 to mourn the passing of a sixth-grade teacher who was found dead of an apparent suicide on Oct. 1 after being arrested on suspicion of molestation. Dozens of people stood in the front of the campus at […]

Study: 1 in 3 Asian American voters undecided

WASHINGTON — Asian Americans have been trending Democratic in their voting patterns but remain highly independent in party allegiances, according to a newly released survey. In 1992, less than one-third of Asian Americans for the Democratic presidential candidate but more than two-thirds voted for Obama in 2008. Today, 33 percent now identify themselves as Democrats, […]

Congressional Gold Medal, awarded to WWII Nikkei vets, to tour seven cities

Last November, the Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to Japanese American World War II veterans in recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments while serving in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service. The medal will travel to seven cities across the country beginning in January 2013, the Smithsonian Institution […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The stigma of being different

Today’s column is a little different. Rather than exploring the life of some unknown person or theme in Japanese American history, as is my usual practice, it instead jumps off of a previous column, and follows my discussion about the column with friends, in order to make a larger point about Japanese American life. To […]

THE KAERU KID: Roaming Romania and Bulgaria

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ― Mark Twain, […]

JACL statement on ‘Allegiance’

(Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of a statement released by the Japanese American Citizens League on “Allegiance — A New American Musical.”) WASHINGTON — The Japanese American Citizens League is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. JACL commends the producers and writers of “Allegiance — A […]

‘Allegiance’ musical a lyrical interpretation of Japanese American history

Just think about it, a musical based on the incarceration experience of Japanese Americans during World War II. It struck me as an idea so far out that I couldn’t imagine what it would be like. But that’s the nature of creativity, isn’t it? Something we lesser mortals can’t imagine turns out to be something […]

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