Archives for August 2018

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 […]

Finding a new (re)purpose

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Although he is now in his “fourth or fifth career,” Steven Masami Ropp seems to have been motivated throughout by a sense of creativity, legacy and building. A former graphic designer, Ropp was one of three individuals who established Hapa Issues Forum while a student at University of California, Berkeley in the […]

Art Shibayama, who continued fight for Japanese Latin American redress, dies

Isamu Carlos Arturo “Art” Shibayama, who was among the 2,264 Japanese Latin Americans kidnapped during World War II by the United States government to be used in hostage exchanges with Japan, passed away July 31, 2018. He was 88. He was the oldest of eight children born to Yuzo and Tatsue Ishibashi Shibayama, both from […]

LIVING ART FORM: Dennis Makishima’s aesthetic pruning

EL CERRITO, Calif. — Dennis Makishima professed that he didn’t like trees when he was growing up in the 1960s. The Sansei Berkeley, Calif. native explained that he and his friends were embarrassed by their gardener fathers and housekeeper mothers. But two decades later, Makishima would find himself creating his own field of gardening as […]

OBITUARY: Junji “JD” Doami

Doami, Junji “JD”, 90 passed away peacefully on July 4, 2018 at a nursing home in Alameda, CA. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patsy, daughter Linda (Chris) Wolff, granddaughter Emma, sister-in-law Koko, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Yutaro and Machi Doami, son Brian, […]

Police investigating possible murder-suicide

Police in San Francisco are investigating the possibility of a murder-suicide after two sisters were found dead the evening of Aug. 8 at the Tenderloin apartment they shared, police said. Around 5:25 p.m., officers responded to an apartment in the 200 block of Turk Street after relatives of the victims contacted police to ask that […]

Researcher Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, who played a critical role in JA redress, dies

Aiko “Louise” Herzig Yoshinaga, a researcher and activist who played a pivotal role in the national Japanese American Redress Movement, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2018. She would have turned 94 on Aug. 5. Herzig Yoshinaga was born in Sacramento, Calif. but grew up in Los Angeles. She was the fifth of six children, […]

Korematsu overruled or reaffirmed?

On June 26, 2018, by a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court in Trump v. Hawaii upheld President Donald Trump’s so-called “Travel Ban,” the thrice-revised executive orders barring entry of people from Muslim-majority nations. When Trump announced his first order in January 2017, travelers having nothing to do with terrorism were detained, U.S. residents were stranded […]

LETTERS: JAs say injustices ‘must never happen again’

Dear Editor, We join with 40 other Jodo Shinshu Buddhists, the Jodo Shinshu being a school of Buddhism whose adherents in this country are largely Japanese American. Many of us were imprisoned in internment camps during World War II, most as children, in some cases without our fathers, (as is happening to some children today,) […]

Yosh Kuromiya, who resisted wartime draft from Heart Mountain camp, dies

Yoshito “Yosh” Kuromiya, an artist, landscape architect and World War II draft resister living in Alhambra, Calif., passed away on July 24, 2018 in Los Angeles. He was 95. He was the fifth of six children born to Hisamitsu and Hana Tada Kuromiya, both from Okayama Prefecture, Japan. When World War II broke out, the […]

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