Archives for August 2018

Federal Judge denies Temporary Restraining Order in Tulelake Airport sale

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Aug. 27, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in Sacramento, issued an 18-page order denying, without prejudice, the Tule Lake Committee’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to put on hold the City of Tulelake’s decision to sell the Tulelake Municipal Airport, which occupies 358 acres […]

S.F. Japantown vigil opposes family separations and travel ban

Japanese Americans gathered on the evening of Aug. 9 in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza to convey their solidarity against the continued attacks the Trump administration orchestrates against minorities in the United States. Hundreds of activists, both young and old, withstood the chilly evening to hear first-hand experiences of immigrants and the voices of veteran […]

Son of Union City police chief arrested in Manteca assault of 71-year-old Sikh man

The 18-year-old son of an East Bay police chief was arrested the morning of Aug. 8 on suspicion of assaulting a 71-year-old Sikh man in a case that the Manteca Police Department is investigating as a possible hate crime. Around 6 a.m. Aug. 6, the victim was walking in the vicinity of Graystone Park, listed […]

Justice Department decries, local governments praise sanctuary cities ruling

A federal appeals court upheld an injunction Aug. 1 protecting San Francisco and Santa Clara County from a presidential executive order that threatened to withhold federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said by a 2-1 vote that the 2017 order by […]

Noted playwright Wakako Yamauchi dies

Wakako Yamauchi, a pioneering Japanese American writer, poet and playwright, died at her home in Gardena, Calif, on Aug. 16, 2018. She was 93. Her first play, 1977’s “And the Soul Shall Dance,” shed light on “the harsh realities of the early 20th century immigrant experience” and was commissioned by the Los Angeles-based East West […]

NPS awards $1.5 million in grants for preservation of JA confinement sites

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service on Aug. 21 announced more than $1.5 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants. The money will fund “preservation, restoration, and education projects related to the detainment of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government during World War II,” the NPS said in a statement. These projects will help tell […]

OBITUARY: Miyuki Otake

OTAKE, MIYUKI, 89, passed away Aug. 4. A loving wife, mother, teacher and artist, Miyuki was born in Vacaville and educated in Japan before returning to the U.S. after WWII and marrying Edward Kazuo Otake. She taught at Kinmon Gakuen in San Francisco (1967 – 1971), Lakewood, Colorado (1972 – 1977), and established the Japan […]

Obituary: Alice Etsuko (Eto) Sumida

SUMIDA, ALICE ETSUKO (ETO), 104, wife of the late Mark Masuo Sumida of Portland, Oregon passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 16, in Beaverton, Oregon. Born near San Luis Obispo on California’s Central Coast on July 18, 1914, Alice was the third of Tameji and Take Eto’s eight children. An Oregon resident for nearly eighty […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: JA ‘godmother of redress’ was an internationally esteemed community-builder

Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, who passed away on July 18, 2018, was not a household name, even among Japanese Americans. Yet her place in history as “godmother of Japanese American redress” seems secure. A one-woman research team, she spent years combing through the National Archives and other government document centers in search of material on the […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Remembering ‘miracle worker’ Herzig Yoshinaga’s relentless hunt for truth

I am very saddened by the death of a dear friend, Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga. Of course, it wasn’t a total surprise, since she was in her 90s and had been ill, and at that age, it could happen at anytime. But losing friends and close ones is always hard. She was a wonderful and exceptional […]

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