Archives for February 2023

One-on-one with attorney Donald K. Tamaki

From the historic coram nobis cases to the state task force to study Black reparations, attorney Donald K. Tamaki has been at the heart of landmark social justice issues for the past 40 years. The senior counsel at Minami Tamaki LLP sat down with the Nichi Bei News to discuss the landmark coram nobis cases, […]

Ordinary citizens’ extraordinary deeds come to life in ‘The Art of Activism’ program

Ordinary citizens’ extraordinary deeds come to life in this year’s Films of Remembrance “The Art of Activism” program presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation. Here’s a preview of the short films: ‘Stamp Our Story’ (2022, 19 min.) by Kaia Rose and Robert M. Horsting Three Nisei women were on a mission, and they were not […]

Coram nobis cases 40 years on

When redress researcher Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga and legal scholar Peter Irons uncovered the veritable “smoking gun” proving the United States had lied to the Supreme Court to justify the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans, they set off a series of landmark legal battles that eventually helped vindicate Japanese Americans and set legal precedents that continue […]

Film examines civil disobedience in the camps

The Nichi Bei Foundation will screen “We Said No! No! A Story of Civil Disobedience,” a J-Town Pictures documentary by filmmaker Brian Maeda, highlighting the civil disobedience in America’s World War II concentration camps that imprisoned Japanese Americans. The film screens in San Francisco’s Japantown on Feb. 25 and in San Jose’s Japantown on Feb. […]

Former Inyo County Supervisor Bob Gracey dies

LOS ANGELES — Robert W. “Bob” Gracey, a former Inyo County Supervisor, passed away on Jan. 16, 2023, at the age of 94, the Manzanar Committee said in a statement. Gracey was born on Dec. 10, 1928, in Kearsarge in California about five miles east of Independence, which is roughly eight miles north of Manzanar. […]

A rose blooms, a garden’s history is uncovered, and history is dug up in ‘Rooted in History Program’

“Rooted in History” is the theme of a Nichi Bei Foundation Films of Remembrance program featuring three short documentary films focusing on a blooming rose, a Japanese garden and the literal digging up of history. Here’s a preview of the films: ‘Amache Rose’ (2022, 29 min.) by Billy Kanaly At the beginning of Billy Kanaly’s […]

Three films that transcend time ‘Rediscover History’

As those who lived through the wartime incarceration experience grow older and fewer in number, a new generation of Japanese Americans are coming of age. In the 12th annual Films of Remembrance film showcase, the “Rediscovering History Program” examines three films reflecting on the wartime incarceration’s impact beyond the concentration camps. The block features one […]

Your historical immigration records are being held hostage. Again.

The USCIS Genealogy Program has proposed an outrageous new fee hike, which will also change how some documents are provided. The fee for initiating an Index Search for an individual will rise from $65 to $100. If the person searched has digitized records, they will be provided. If there are no digitized records, which is […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Condiments galore

When we were actively supporting the restaurant industry during the height of the pandemic, I first sampled a Yuzu Miso Chicken created by Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, which I really enjoyed. When I found a bottled Yuzu Miso Sauce at Costco, I realized that I could likely use it to recreate Sansei’s version […]

In Florida schools, a ‘blatant attempt to divide communities of color’

Florida is considering an AAPI curriculum in the state’s K-12 public schools just as it recently rejected an AP African American course. AAPI advocates see an effort to divide communities of color. Controversy swirls around the K-12 school curriculum in Florida where, under pressure from Gov. Ron DeSantis, the College Board released a new, stripped-down […]