Archives for 2013

PARTING SHOTS: Names of coalition builders that glow in our memory

Once upon a Yellow Peril/Jim Crow time, as a young man from Korea with ink in his blood — probably the first Asian immigrant to be hired by a white daily in the continental United States — I boarded a slow boat to San Francisco. And at my twilight year of 84, this aging FOB […]

ISLANDERS IN EXILE: The history of Bainbridge, Terminal Island Nikkei

Off the Pacific Coast, the historic Japanese villages of Terminal Island in Southern California’s San Pedro Bay and Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound share attributes as close-knit, cohesive, and self-contained communities with abrupt converging histories. From the early 1900s, while the Issei worked hard in fishing and canneries at Fish Harbor, and […]

Little Tokyo sees uptick in business, numerous leadership changes

LOS ANGELES — Little Tokyo saw an increase in business during the past year while also experiencing changes in its community institutions, with one nonprofit organization choosing a familiar face to be its interim leader after its newly chosen executive director quit under questionable circumstances, while two others selected new individuals to replace retiring leaders. […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: What does the 2012 election mean for AAPIs?

The recent election was nothing short of historic for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). When the dust settled on the morning after the election, the first openly gay AAPI, the first Hindu and the first Chinese American to represent New York were elected to Congress. It was also when the first AAPI woman was […]

Does terminology matter?

In recent years, the Nikkei community has engaged in a renewed discussion to reject the euphemistic and false terms the government used to minimize the unjust and inhumane nature of the Japanese American incarceration. From 2009 through 2011, the Japanese American National Museum, the Manzanar Committee, the Tule Lake Committee and UCLA’s George and Sakaye […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: A tribute to Dr. Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi, sociologist, activist and race relations advocate

This week’s column focuses on the distinguished sociologist and activist Dr. Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi, a pioneering scholar of race relations who died Nov. 18, 2012. Unlike virtually all the people I write about in “Great Unknown,” I got to know her personally. Because of our friendship and my knowledge of her career, I helped the […]

Nikkei of the Year: Continuing the Japanese American legacy in Congress

The death of Hawai‘i political icon Daniel K. Inouye marks the passing of an era. There are no longer any sitting Japanese American members of Congress who worked on the landmark Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which won redress and reparations for persons of Japanese descent deprived of civil liberties during World War II. The […]

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