Archives for 2018

New exhibit on WWII incarceration taking shape at M.I.S. Historic Learning Center

The National Japanese American Historical Society recently announced the completion of a new simulated horse stall barrack at its “Dislocation and Divergence: Real Stories of E. O. 9066” permanent installation at the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center, located at Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco. Following the signing of Executive Order 9066 […]

Census confidentiality concerns worry activists

As the Census Bureau prepares for its 2020 count, concerns about new plans to question respondents about their citizenship status have taken center stage. But now, civil rights activists and others focused on the importance of ensuring a full and accurate tally of everybody living in the United States are also worried that current administrators […]

SF: Mayor Ed Lee remembered on 1-year anniversary of death

San Francisco city officials celebrated the life of the late Mayor Ed Lee with a lively ceremony Dec. 12 at City Hall on the one-year anniversary of his death. Standing at the mayor’s balcony inside City Hall, the same spot where Lee himself delivered countless speeches, Mayor London Breed described Lee as a humble leader. […]

Community celebrates ‘Frida Kahlo Way’ street signs at City College of S.F.

Community members gathered Dec. 7 to celebrate the unveiling of the Frida Kahlo Way street signs in San Francisco, according to the office of Supervisor Norman Yee. Frida Kahlo Way is not a new street, rather the new name for Phelan Way, the address of City College of San Francisco. The street is changing names […]

OBITUARY: Kazuko Matsuoka

MATSUOKA, KAZUKO, 85, passed quietly surrounded by family and friends on November 27, 2018. She was a longtime resident of Sacramento. Born in Osaka, Japan, she was preceded in her journey by husband Walter and brother Shinichi. She is survived by son Kent and countless nieces and nephews. A supporter of Japanese arts and culture, […]

OBITUARY: Betty Kurihara Ozawa

OZAWA, BETTY KURIHARA, 87, born May 2, 1931 in Tulare, California to Kumaki and Tomi Kurihara of Kumamoto, Japan, grew up on a farm, the youngest of eight siblings. In 1942 she was one of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who was forcibly relocated to Poston III, an internment camp in Arizona. Betty remained in […]

Faith group vows to hold monthly vigils to denounce deportations

Immigration activists crowded along the sidewalk outside the San Francisco U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office Dec. 14 to kick off what they said will be monthly vigils demanding an end to detentions and deportations. Members with the group Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, which is made up of faith leaders, activists, and the families […]

Research shows third citizen isolation center, at Tulelake

During World War II, the United States government had established three, not two citizen isolation centers as previously thought, according to groundbreaking research being conducted on an upcoming book on the Tule Lake War Relocation Authority (WRA)/Segregation Center by Roger Daniels, emeritus history professor and pioneer scholar in Japanese American history and Barbara Takei, an […]

Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese

LOS ANGELES — The Kansas Department of Revenue has ceased issuing vehicle license plates that contain the letters “JAP” after a Californian man complained about a plate carrying the word, which was popularized as a derogatory term for Japanese during and after World War II. “The Division of Vehicles is restricting the use of ‘J […]

OBITUARY: Joanne Pakel Ikeda

IKEDA, JOANNE PAKEL, 74, born May 17, 1944, traveled to a new dimension on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. She regretted leaving her wonderful husband, Roy H. Ikeda, and her two marvelous daughters, Melinda Mayumi Ikeda and Jennifer Ayame Ikeda, but knew she would be reunited with them in the Great Beyond. An internationally acclaimed nutritionist, […]

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