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. […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa man dies after PG&E power shut-off

Gerald Niimi, who was originally from Hawai‘i, 75, passed away in his sleep in the aftermath of one of the PG&E Bay Area power shut-offs on Oct. 15, according to The Press Democrat. He had been using oxygen machines to breathe due to a diagnosis of lung disease, the news outlet reported. PG&E spokeswoman, Deanna […]

Remains found may be Manzanar inmate

Skeletal remains discovered by hikers near Mount Williamson on Oct. 7 could be that of a Manzanar, Calif. concentration camp prisoner who disappeared July 29, 1945, while hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Associated Press reported. In the closing days of World War II, a man from Manzanar had joined other Japanese American […]

Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki dons MAGA hat at White House

During the World Series champion Washington Nationals visit to the White House on Nov. 4, catcher Kurt Suzuki “proudly donned a red MAGA hat and endured a very, very, very awkward hug from the President,” Yahoo Sports reported. As Suzuki made his way to the podium, the 36-year-old native of Maui, Hawai‘i put on a […]

Keiro Northwest closes its Seattle nursing facility

Keiro Northwest, Seattle’s largest and oldest Asian Pacific Islander senior care program, recently closed its main nursing facility and other programs for senior citizens after a decade of declining revenues and changes in the nation’s health care system. Founded 41 years ago by Japanese Americans to care for their elderly in a culturally sensitive and […]

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