Archives for January 2018

Mom power

The most valuable lessons in life I’ve learned from my Mom: Be generous. Have fun. Be daring. Go out of your way for people. Work hard. Never go anywhere empty-handed. Pay attention to the needs of others. Be fair. For years I’ve been formulating a theory based on my mother’s life and the lives of […]

Obituary: Edith Kazue Tanaka

TANAKA, EDITH KAZUE, 92, passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2017. She was born in Sacramento on July 31, 1925. She graduated from high school in Tule Lake internment camp. In 1947 she earned her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While in New York training as […]

Kazuo ‘Kay’ Hatsushi

HATSUSHI, KAZUO “KAY,” 86, a resident of Pleasanton since 1971, passed quietly surrounded by his family on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Takiko, his two sons, Mori and Ted, his daughter, Amy Hatsushi-Hughes, his brothers Mutsuro and Satoru Hatsushi, and his sister, Yoko Hiramine. Preceding him […]

SEEKING PERSONAL JUSTICE: The little-known role of Aiko and Jack Herzig after the Redress Bill was passed

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga is best known for her work during the Japanese American Redress Movement on the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians; the class action lawsuit filed by the National Council on Japanese American Redress; and the coram nobis cases of Gordon Hirabayashi, Fred Korematsu and Minoru Yasui. Lesser known is the critical […]

Court strikes down part of Trump’s 3rd travel ban

A federal appeals court in San Francisco Dec. 22 struck down part of President (Donald) Trump’s third travel ban. Trump issued the ban in a Sept. 24 proclamation, restricting entry from six mostly Muslim counties, North Korea and Venezuela. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the six predominantly Muslim […]

U.S. YouTube star sorry for video of apparent suicide victim in Japan

Tokyo — American YouTube star Logan Paul has apologized after receiving a barrage of criticism for posting a video showing a body in a Japanese forest known as a suicide spot, media reported Jan. 3. The 22-year-old YouTuber, who has more than 15 million subscribers on the video-sharing website, joked in the footage showing him […]

Japanese American becomes majority owner of LGBTQ newspaper

Michael Yamashita, 51, publisher of the Bay Area Reporter, a San Francisco-based LGBTQ newspaper, became the newspaper’s majority owner, the publication announced Dec. 21, 2017. According to the B.A.R., Yamashita becomes the nation’s first gay Asian American publisher and owner of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer newspaper. Yamashita, who previously owned 31 percent […]

SPEAKING OUT FOR JUSTICE: Landmark CWRIC hearings led to JA redress: Testimonies to the L.A. Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings now available on DVD

LOS ANGELES — Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress and Visual Communications announced the release of a DVD documenting the portion of the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings held in Los Angeles in 1981. The announcement was made during a program Dec. 2 at the Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi […]

Taking a Stand: Despite battling cancer, Sen. Hirono shines in national spotlight

Editor’s Note: Mazie Hirono made history in 2012, when she became the first elected female senator from Hawai‘i, the first Asian American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, the first U.S. senator born in Japan, and the nation’s first Buddhist senator. In the middle of a turbulent political year, she announced in May 2017 that […]

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders shine on screen amid political turmoil

In a year characterized by countless horrors unfolding across the globe, the realm of Asian American entertainment media offers a surprising — and as such, somewhat disorienting — bright spot. From mainstream film and television to digitally distributed indie films and prestige TV, there’s plenty to celebrate in 2017. In terms of personal enjoyment, I […]

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