Archives for July 2013

A reflection on heroism

Twice Heroes: America’s Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea Written and photographed by Tom Graves. (San Francisco: Nassau & Witherspoon, 2013, 182 pp., $45, hardcover) Tom Graves’ photobook is the product of an impressive labor of love. Graves, a San Francisco-based writer and photographer, spent 10 years collecting photos and stories of the Nisei contingent […]

OBITUARY: Yuriko Higa

Higa, Yuriko, 83, of San Jose passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on July 12, 2013. She was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan on April 3, 1930.  Yuriko married Yoshio Higa, USAF, in 1956, and emigrated to the U.S. shortly thereafter. Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Yuriko was a generous, outgoing, warm and […]

OBITUARY: Sakaye Taguma

TAGUMA, SAKAYE, 82, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully at her West Sacramento, Calif. home on July 16, 2013. The daughter of a pioneer missionary of the Tenrikyo Church in America, she was born on April 20, 1931 in Sacramento, Calif. to Minoru and Fusako (Katayama) Yoshizawa. She and her family returned to Japan when Sakaye […]

OBITUARY: Kazu Oshima

Oshima, Kazu, 88, of San Mateo died at home on Monday, July 1st. He was born on July 12, 1924 in Watsonville, Calif., to Katsutaro and Kame Oshima. He attended Watsonville High School, National Radio Institute in Washington D.C. and San Mateo Junior College before attending Stanford University. At Stanford University, Kazu received his Bachelor […]

Lessons that transcend time

ICHIRO By Ryan Inzana (New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2012, 288 pp., $19.99, hardcover) Ryan Inzana illustrates a coming-of-age graphic novel about identifying the gray areas of good and evil through “Ichiro.” Inzana leads the reader through Ichiro’s coming to terms with his mixed identity. He moves to Japan with his Japanese mother, […]

A lesson in embracing one’s identity

The Favorite Daughter Written and illustrated by Allen Say (New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013, $17.99, 32 pp., hardcover) I love Allen Say. This book, with its watercolor illustrations, has a gentle quality that makes me want to sit right down in a quiet corner to savor it. In Say’s latest book, “The Favorite […]

One man’s pursuit of his civil rights amid wartime hysteria

A Principled Stand: the Story of Hirabayashi v. United States By Gordon K. Hirabayashi, with James A. Hirabayashi and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013, 232 pp., $29.95, hardcover) Note: This review is adapted from an unpublished report the review author did on an earlier version of the manuscript of this book. […]

A historical anthology on redress

NEGLECTED LEGACIES: Japanese American Women and the Redress/Reparations Movement Edited by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi Special issue of “PAN-JAPAN: The International Journal of the Japanese Diaspora” Normal, Ill.: (Spring/Fall 2011: Volume 7, Numbers 1 & 2, 197 pp., $12.50, paperback) In this 2011 PAN-JAPAN special issue, guest editor Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, an Asian American studies professor […]

A stirring memoir of adolescent Manzanar stories weaved with senior hiking adventures

MANZANAR TO MOUNT WHITNEY: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker By Hank Umemoto (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, Books 2013, 224 pp., $16.95, paperback) My first trip of many to the World War II Manzanar concentration camp site occurred in the spring of 1972. On that occasion I accompanied my California State University, Fullerton, Nisei […]

A fuller understanding of the complexity of WWII on Hawai‘i’s Nikkei community

Japanese Eyes, American Heart: Voices From the Home Front in World War II Hawaii (Vol. 2) Compiled by the Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board (Honolulu: Watermark Publishing, 2012, 232 pp., $24.95, hardcover) “Japanese Eyes, American Heart Vol. 2” builds upon the first volume, which documented the voices and experiences of Japanese American soldiers from Hawai‘i […]

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