American nightmare turned into American Dream

“Moving Walls” by Sharon Yamato recounts the Japanese American experience at the Heart Mountain, Wyo. concentration camp during World War II, and also discloses what happened after the war to the 457 barracks that had housed more than 10,700 ethnic Japanese from 1942-45. The film describes how young veterans (including one Nisei, Tak Ogawa) seeking […]

Film examines little-known history of incarceration on Hawai‘i Island

Filmmaker Ryan Kawamoto continues his exploration of Hawai‘i’s hidden history with “Voices From Behind Barbed Wire: Stories From Hawai‘i Island,” a follow-up to his 2012 film “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i.” The short film examines the little-known history of the incarceration of the Japanese population on the Big Island of Hawai‘i […]

‘Never Give Up!’ focuses on civil rights icon Minoru Yasui’s legacy

“Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice,” by Holly Yasui and Will Doolittle, highlights the life of Minoru Yasui, who during World War II intentionally violated Executive Order 9066, the presidential orders that resulted in the incarceration of more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in United States concentration camps. Minoru Yasui, […]

Addressing the silence

Following World War II, Japanese Americans returned home to the West Coast from various concentration camps. The experience, traumatic and humiliating for many former inmates, became a taboo subject for numerous families. Often times, their children would not learn about their incarceration until years later. Marlene Shigekawa, a filmmaker based in Lafayette, Calif., explores that […]

Kim wins halfpipe to continue U.S. snowboard supremacy

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Chloe Kim won her first Olympic gold medal in snowboarding at the Pyeongchang Games on Feb. 12 by blowing away her opponents with a near-perfect score in the women’s halfpipe. Kim sealed the win when China’s Liu Jiayu failed to top the American’s first score of 93.75 points on her third […]

Jumping into the history books

A piece of figure skating history was written in the women’s free skate when Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition Feb. 12. Nagasu, 24, finished with a 137.53 overall score, second-best of the women’s free skate, giving the U.S. nine points in the team competition. “Four […]

OBITUARY: Reverend Lloyd Keigo Wake

WAKE, REVEREND LLOYD KEIGO, 95, died peacefully in San Francisco on December 27, 2017. He is survived by his caring wife of 68 years, Marion Natsue Wake; devoted children Cathy Quides, Wesley Wake, Sandra Wake, and Steven Wake; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom were touched by his love of fishing, camping, the […]

Asian American Orchestra to celebrate Black History Month, commemorate DOR with new work

Anthony Brown, who is of African and Japanese heritage, will commemorate the intersection of his biracial identity as part of a 20-year retrospective of his Grammy-nominated Asian American Orchestra Feb. 18 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, celebrating Black History Month and observing the Day of Remembrance. The Day of Remembrance reflects upon the 76th […]

OBITUARY: Dr. Raymond S. Murakami

MURAKAMI, Dr. RAYMOND S., 90, Bethesda, MD, a prominent Washington, D.C. dentist, passed away on January 24, 2018. During his nearly 50 years in dental practice, he served members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, members of the diplomatic community, Hollywood movie stars, and the Japanese American population. He was a member of the ADA, D.C. Dental […]

OBITUARY: Herbert Shiro Suenaga

SUENAGA, HERBERT SHIRO, 89, passed away on January 27th after a long illness. He was born on December 19, 1928 to parents Kazuto and Misuyo Suenaga. He was the youngest of 7 children, all pre-deceased now except brother, Saburo (Koz) Suenaga in Carson City, NV. He is survived by his spouse, Annie, three children: Steven, […]

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