Archives for 2017

People of Color and the poor will be hardest hit by ACA repeal

President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to repeal and replace Obamacare is bad news for millions of Americans, but the poor and people of color are going to be hit hardest, say health care advocates. “The winners and losers from repealing Obamacare will depend crucially on the details of whatever replacement plan materializes,” said Larry Levitt, senior […]

Couple’s exhaustive search for documents led to truth behind WWll incarceration camps: Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga donates historic papers to UCLA Library Special Collections

LOS ANGELES — Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga was born an American citizen in Sacramento. She grew up in Los Angeles. But none of these facts prevented the U.S. government from incarcerating her and her family — alongside more than 120,000 residents of Japanese descent living on the West Coast, many of whom were also American citizens — […]

Abe offers condolences, hails reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered his “sincere and everlasting condolences” Dec. 27 at Pearl Harbor for those who died in the Japanese attack there in 1941, while praising the power of the reconciliation between Japan and the United States in the 75 years since then. In a speech following talks with U.S. […]

Renowned community photographer Archie Miyatake dies

Editor’s Note: The following press release was issued by the Manzanar Committee. LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of former Manzanar incarceree and renowned community photographer Archie Miyatake, 92, who passed away on Dec. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Miyatake family is best known for being the […]

OBITUARY: Emiko Doi

DOI, EMIKO, 93, passed away peacefully at home on December 23, 2016. She is survived by her sister Mary Ota of San Francisco, sons Keiji Doi and Michio Doi, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Buddhist Church in San Francisco on January 7, 2017 from 2:30 pm. The family requests […]

OBITUARY: Yoko Okazaki

OKAZAKI, YOKO, 85, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2016. She endured Parkinson’s disease for many years. Although her health declined, her spirit never did. Yoko was born November 21, 1931 in the village of Yorishima, along the Inland Sea of Japan. Her parents were Tomoharu Miyake and Ocho Nakamura. Yoko was the third child […]

OBITUARY: Amy E. Naito

NAITO, AMY E., 92, longtime resident of Costa Mesa, CA, passed away peacefully at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach in late September. Cause of death was plasma cell leukemia. A retired schoolteacher, Amy was recognized in 2015 for her long volunteer service at Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa. She was also a member of the […]

A ‘powerful’ (and ‘critical’) case for the Asian American Movement

SERVE THE PEOPLE: MAKING ASIAN AMERICA IN THE LONG SIXTIES By Karen L. Ishizuka (London: Verso, 2016, 288 pp., $29.95, hardcover) In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, which prompted the U.S. government to imprison 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry (two-thirds of which were U.S. citizens) in concentration camps, a […]

Historian ‘illuminates’ JA history

THE GREAT UNKNOWN: JAPANESE AMERICAN SKETCHES By Greg Robinson (Boulder, Colo.: University Press of Colorado, 2016, 400 pp., $45, hardcover) In Kenji Taguma’s resplendent foreword to this latest of historian Greg Robinson’s cavalcade of exemplary volumes devoted to illuminating the Japanese American experience, he rightly observes that “The Great Unknown” is a work that “epitomizes […]

Memoirist intertwines family, farming and feelings of the heart

CHANGING SEASON: A FATHER, A DAUGHTER, A FAMILY FARM By David Mas Masumoto with Nikiko Masumoto (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, 2016, 192 pp., $16, paperback) In the mid-1980s, while researching the World War II incarceration experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry at the Gila River Relocation Center in south central Arizona, I discovered a brief yet […]

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