Archives for March 2018

Activists outraged over recent immigration sweeps surround ICE office, block roadways

Hundreds of activists outraged over the arrest of more than 150 immigrants in Northern California surrounded the San Francisco offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, blocking vehicular access to the building the afternoon of Feb. 28. While immigrants seeking legal status lined up for their appointments at the immigration agency’s offices in the U.S. Appraisers […]

Former UC Berkeley student sues airline for removing him from plane after he spoke Arabic

A former University of California at Berkeley student who was removed from a Southwest Airlines plane after he spoke Arabic sued the airline Feb. 13 for allegedly violating his civil rights. At the time of the incident on April 6, 2016, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, then 26, was a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in public policy […]

S.F. Cherry Blossom Queen candidates announced

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program presented its 2018 queen candidates during its annual preview March 11 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The queen program, a highlight of San Francisco’s annual cherry blossom festival, will take place Saturday, April 14 at the AMC Kabuki 8. The candidates are: […]

A centenarian gets his wings

A Nisei pilot could have been a World War II ace, but racism kept him grounded. Virgil Nishimura Westdale graduated top of his class in the War Training Service — he said he had a knack for acrobatic flying — and was well on his way to be a pilot for the U.S. Army Air […]

L.A. Day of Remembrance speaker urges Nikkei to resist hate-mongering

LOS ANGELES — Stand up to resist the hate-mongering and violence targeting immigrants and Muslims, was the message activist Alan Nishio delivered to the 300-plus people attending the 2018 Day of Remembrance Feb. 17 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The annual Day of Remembrance event commemorates President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing […]

Korean DACA recipient saw life uprooted in move to Canada

LOS ANGELES — “Nobody wants to take care of DACA more than myself and the Republican Party,” President Donald Trump said Jan. 26 in a CNBC interview, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In September, urging Congress to replace DACA, Trump announced he was ending the program that protects so-called “Dreamer” children […]

2019 budget proposal eliminates funding for Japanese American Confinement Sites grants

President Donald Trump’s “budget proposal unveiled the middle of February, includes the elimination of funding for the Japanese American Confinement Sites …  Grants Program,” the Japanese American Citizens League said in a statement. “The JACS Grant program, authorized in 2006, has provided over $21 million in grants to 163 grantees representing states, counties, local governments, […]

OBITUARY: Kazuye Grace Uratsu

URATSU, KAZUYE GRACE, 97, longtime Los Angeles, California resident passed away on January 26, 2018. She was born in Live Oak, California on May 18, 1920. Grace was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Hiroshi Uratsu who passed in 1988. She is survived by her 2 children, Kenneth (Karol) of Renton, Washington […]

OBITUARY: Seiji Oyamada

OYAMADA, SEIJI, 81, longtime resident of El Cerrito, entered into rest January 23, 2018. He was the beloved brother of Kazuko Iwahashi; brother-in-law of Roy Hamada; dear uncle to Kazuko’s children: Paul (Olivia), Jane & John Iwahashi and Lynn Mitoma (Bill); dear uncle to his late sister Michie’s children: Brian (Trisha), Derek, Craig (Samara), and […]

OBITUARY: Tokiko “Sally” Nakayama

NAKAYAMA, TOKIKO “SALLY,” 90, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Hawaii surrounded by her daughters. Viewing will be on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040 from 1-4PM. Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Mountain View Buddhist […]

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