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 […]

What my grandma left behind

My grandmother and I were always very close. But she had never spoke of her experience of the atomic bomb. “It is too painful for your grandma to talk about it,” my mother once told me. My grandma lost her mom on the day of the bomb, and her husband and siblings in later years. […]

Addressing lack of diversity, Santa Clara Districts 2, 3 will vote for city council this November, court says

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara will be divided into six separate voting districts for city council elections, following a May ruling that at-large voting has prevented Asian Americans from being elected since the city’s inception, Santa Clara County Superior Court decided the morning of July 23. The current system allows Santa Clara residents to […]

More than 400 converge upon ‘hallowed ground’ at Tule Lake Pilgrimage

The theme for the 2018 Tule Lake Pilgrimage was “Preserving Our Hallowed Ground.” It attracted more than 400 attendees, ranging in age from 7 years old to 98, coming from as far away as Alaska, Hawai‘i, the East Coast and Japan. The pilgrimage opened with a moment of silence to remember Henry Nonaka and Jimi […]

OBITUARY: Jack Hajime Nakashima

NAKASHIMA, JACK HAJIME, 89, was born on May 1, 1929 in Tacoma, Washington and passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018 at his home in Walnut Creek, Calif. During WWII at the age of 13, Jack and his family were incarcerated at Tule Lake and Topaz. After the war, Jack graduated from Galileo High School […]

Calif. Civil Liberties projects, relating to JA wartime incarceration, announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Library has awarded $694,000 for 26 projects through the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, which aims “to remind Californians of the civil liberties violations suffered by Japanese Americans during World War II so that no one else goes through the same suffering.” “Fear and bigotry were the root […]

Engaging kids with culture

My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book By Michelle Haney Brown; illustrated by Aya Padrón (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2017, 32 pp., $10.95, hard cover) “My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book” by Michelle Haney Brown is a delightfully colored children’s book that manages to engage kids with […]

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