Archives for March 2015

Sawtelle Japantown recognized by L.A.

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council recognized the West Los Angeles neighborhood of Sawtelle as “Sawtelle Japantown” at its Feb. 25 meeting. All council members — save for Jose Huizar, who was not present — voted 14-0 for the naming. Jay Handal, chair of the West L.A. Neighborhood Council, told the city council […]

State high court grants posthumous law license to Chinese-born lawyer who was rejected in 1890

After denying a Chinese-born lawyer a law license 125 years ago, the California Supreme Court on March 16 reversed itself and posthumously admitted him to the State Bar. The seven-member court, in a ruling issued in San Francisco, unanimously granted Hong Yen Chang his law license to correct what the court called “a grievous wrong.” […]

OBITUARY: Raymond Kozuma

KOZUMA, RAYMOND, 73, resident of Sacramento, passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2015. He was born in Gridley, CA to Grace Kozuma and John Kozuma on Aug. 7, 1941. Survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Yukiko Kozuma; his daughter, Wendy Scott; his son, Brian Kozuma; his grandsons, Luke Scott and Johnny Kozuma; and […]

OBITUARY: Yomiko Komoto

KOMOTO, YOMIKO, 91, passed away on Feb. 6, 2015 just days short of her 92nd birthday. She was born Feb. 26, 1923 in Karuizawa, Nagano-ken in Japan. Her parents Isokichi Imai and Suino Kiuchi Imai always reminded her that she was born during the year of Japan’s greatest earthquake (at the time.) Mom survived the […]

OBITUARY: Masaru Yamasaki

YAMASAKI, MASARU, 85, joined his wife in Nirvana on February 20th. A native Californian, he was born in Sacramento on September 22, 1929, number 5 of 7 boys. He and his family were interned in Tule Lake, CA during WWII when the Japanese Americans were forced from their homes due to Executive Order 9066 on […]

OBITUARY: Douglas Shigeo Iwamoto

IWAMOTO, DOUGLAS SHIGEO, a native of Salinas, California, was surrounded by his family when he went home to the Lord on February 23, 2015. Although he practiced Buddhism all of his life, he accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior on February 9, 2015 and was baptized on February 15, 2015. Doug’s optimistic and calm manner […]

SAN JOSE’S DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: A new generation of activists

SAN JOSE — The 35th annual Day of Remembrance, held at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Feb. 12 in the city’s Japantown, marked the infamous day in 1942 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the illegal incarceration of some 120,000 Nikkei during World War II, drastically altering the […]

Los Angeles DOR discusses JA-black connections in fighting injustice

LOS ANGELES — The 2015 Day of Remembrance program, held Feb. 21 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo before an audience of 250, explored the interconnection of the Nikkei and black communities in their battles against racism and injustice. Serving as co-emcees were Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, a professor in Asian Pacific […]

Academy Awards honors Asians

Tom Cross, who is Vietnamese American, received an Oscar for his film editing on “Whiplash,” the story of a young drummer at a cut-throat music conservatory. HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The 2015 Academy Awards, held Feb. 22 at Hollywood, Calif.’s Dolby Theater, included a few wins for Asians in film and animation. Disney’s “Big Hero 6” […]

SILENCED NO MORE: 2015 Bay Area Day of Remembrance

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium presented its 36th annual Day of Remembrance Feb. 22 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program recalls the injustices more than 120,000 Nikkei faced following President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942. Emily Murase, president of the San […]

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