Archives for November 2015

Some Japanese in North America puzzled by ‘comfort women’ statue plan

  San Francisco lawmakers voted in September to urge the establishment of a “comfort women” memorial, breaking ground by becoming the first major U.S. city to install a statue memorializing women, mostly from Asia, who were forced to provide sex for soldiers of the wartime Japanese military. While the decision by the city’s Board of […]

Pioneering Japanese American florist Yoshimi Shibata passes

Florist Yoshimi “Shimi” Shibata passed away peacefully in his sleep at home with his family Oct. 31, a statement issued by his family said. He was 99. Shibata was a pioneer in the floral growers and distribution industry, having been recognized by the Japanese government with the Order of the Rising Sun, Fourth Class in […]

OBITUARY: Kazuko Maehara

MAEHARA, KAZUKO, age 97 ½, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday evening October 1, 2015 in Lodi, California. She is preceded in death by her husband Yoshio Maehara,  son Kenneth (Debbie) Maehara, and brothers Isamu, George and Henry Uchida.  She is survived by brother Yoshihiro (Mae) Uchida, son Jerry Maehara, daughter Janice Milton,grandchildren Russel […]

OBITUARY: John Motori Takeuchi Sr.

TAKEUCHI, JOHN MOTOI SR., 92, passed away on October 13th, 2015, two days before what would have been his 93rd birthday. The eldest of 5 children, John was born in 1922 to Japanese immigrants Gihei and Sato Takeuchi in Alameda, California. In the wake of Japan bombing Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from […]

THE KAERU KID: Discover treasures just southwest of Las Vegas

A smooth two-and-a-half hour drive from Las Vegas to Lake Havasu City in Arizona ended with a two night stay at an Affordable Travel Club member’s home. Twenty dollars a night for two people, including breakfast and, best of all, meeting local friendly hosts who can provide insight into the area that one might not […]

‘Allegiance’ uplifts by doctoring Japanese American history

SPOILER ALERT: This theater preview reveals an absurd central plot point. The problem with the new musical “Allegiance” is not just historical inaccuracies — although it is riddled with them. It’s the fabrication of events that were impossible within the reality of America’s concentration camps. As creator of the 2000 PBS film, “Conscience and the […]

A JACLer’s perspective of ‘Allegiance’

Having heard about the somewhat negative portrayal of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and one of its early leaders, Mike Masaoka, in the play, “Allegiance – The Musical,” I was a bit skeptical about seeing the show. However, I bought tickets and went to see it in New York City. Mike Masaoka was a […]

Racial profiling of Chinese Americans will only hurt America

It simply boggles the mind that with an African American in the White House and an African American as the Attorney General, persecution of Chinese American scientists based on racial profiling not only has not abated but actually intensified. Professor Xiaoxing Xi, former head of the physics department at Temple University, was the latest of […]

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