Archives for February 2020

Film uncovers little-known story of music in camp by incarcerated Nikkei

“For Joy,” a film by Julian Saporiti and the No-No Boy project, tells the little-known story of a Nikkei teenager who sang with a jazz band formed in the World War II concentration camp for Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain, Wyo. The story also sheds light on a hidden history — the music played during […]

History maker Hachimura fuels NBA boom in Japan

TOKYO — After becoming the first Japanese player to go pro in the United States via the NBA draft, Rui Hachimura is the face of a basketball boom in his home country. Hachimura’s progress in the National Basketball Association is getting wall-to-wall coverage in Japanese media and his face can be seen advertising everything from […]

Rally held Feb. 3 to save endangered marine mammal from U.S. base development

Activists were expected to rally Feb. 3 in San Francisco to protest the construction of a U.S. military base in Japan that they say threatens the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal. The protest was expected to take place outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where a hearing is set for a lawsuit challenging […]

Japanese American concentration camp survivors call for closure of immigrant detention centers on 78th anniversary of wartime incarceration

Members of San Francisco’s Japanese American community on Feb. 7 spoke about their experiences being incarcerated in camps during World War II, while standing in solidarity with present-day immigrants being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. Speaking at the National Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco’s Japantown to commemorate the incarceration of Japanese Americans in […]

Berkeley: UC removes name of racist John Boalt from law school

BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California at Berkeley announced Jan. 30 that it has removed from its law school the name of a man whose 19th century writing helped stoke anti-Chinese racism in the country. Boalt Hall, named after John Henry Boalt, has been the name of the main classroom wing at the UC […]

OBITUARY: Toyome “Terry” Nakanishi

Toyome “Terry” Nakanishi Dec. 27, 1921 – Feb. 4, 2020 NAKANISHI, TOYOME “TERRY”, 98, passed away on February 4, 2020 in Monterey, California. Terry was born on December 27, 1921 in Ucon, Idaho to Yano and Mohachi Uyeno. She was the third eldest child, with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Terry was a self-professed tomboy […]

OBITUARY: George Susumu Takamura

George Susumu Takamura Oct. 3, 1924 – Jan. 28, 2020 TAKAMURA, GEORGE SUSUMU, 95, was born in Honolulu, HI on October 3rd, 1924, and grew up in the Palolo Valley area of Oahu. He proudly served during WWII with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Infantry Battalion, and sustained a battle related injury on the front […]

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