Archives for 2019

Gag Order Lifted!: Update on Tule Lake Litigation and Preservation

It has been over a year since the Tule Lake Committee filed a civil rights complaint in federal court to stop the sale of the Tulelake Municipal airstrip to an entity that vows to expand aviation activities on the site. This rural airstrip occupies two-thirds of the residential area of the Tule Lake concentration camp […]

JACL apologizes to Tule Lake incarcerees

The new generation of JACL leaders and members should be congratulated for acknowledging and understanding the need for voting in favor of the resolution offering a sincere apology to Tule Lake incarcerees. The National Council of the JACL took the action on Aug. 3, 2019, at their national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. In […]

Missing cadet found dead

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet Kade Kurita, 20, from Gardena, Calif., was found dead Oct. 22 at 9:47 p.m. at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy said in a statement. “We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita’s family and friends” Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, 60th superintendent, U.S. […]

Okinawa castle at World Heritage site destroyed in predawn fire

NAHA, Japan — The main buildings of a castle at a World Heritage site in Okinawa, regarded as a symbol of the southern Japanese prefecture, burned to the ground in a predawn fire Oct. 31, with the blaze finally suppressed hours later. The fire started just before 2:40 a.m. at Shuri Castle, one of Okinawa’s […]

TULE LAKE ICON PASSES: Hiroshi Kashiwagi was a noted poet, playwright, author, actor and symbol of wartime resistance

When Hiroshi Kashiwagi was born in a boarding house in Sacramento, Calif. on Nov. 8, 1922, no one imagined that he would become a successful activist, writer, playwright, actor, and a poet of such regard that he would be known as the “Poet Laureate of Tule Lake.” Although his first book, “Swimming in the American: […]

Isao Tanaka, photographer and ‘No-no,’ dies

Isao Tanaka, a so-called “No-no” who resisted the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans and took countless community photographs that were featured in various media, passed away peacefully at his San Francisco home on Oct. 27, 2019. He was 93. He was born the eldest of four children of Satsumi and Sasaichi Tanaka in Santa Maria, […]

American activist seriously injured in shooting in the Philippines airlifted back to SF

A San Francisco man seriously injured in a shooting in the Philippines back in August is back home with his family after he was able to flee the country with the help of the U.S. embassy. San Francisco native and environmental activist Brandon Lee arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 25 after he […]

San Francisco elects Paul Miyamoto sheriff

Paul Miyamoto has been elected San Francisco’s new sheriff in the Nov. 5 election. According to the Bay Area Reporter, he will become the first Asian American sheriff in California. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy is retiring, which opened up the position. Lt. Ron Terry, who initially ran against Miyamoto for the position, withdrew from the race […]

OBITUARY: Harry Toji Kurotori

KUROTORI, HARRY TOJI, 97, passed away peacefully at his home in Pleasanton, CA on October 18, 2019. He was born May 13, 1922 in SanFrancisco and raised in Martinez, CA where he attended Alhambra High School. In 1942, he was interned at Gila River Relocation Center, AZ before being drafted into the US Army where […]

OBITUARY: Kiku Hori Funabiki

FUNABIKI, KIKU HORI, 95, died peacefully at her home in San Francisco on October 12, 2019. Kiku was born in San Francisco at Post and Buchanan on July 4, 1924. She resided there until the war when her family were incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming Internment Camp. On release to the west coast she completed […]

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