Nikkei WWII experience parallels Latino immigrants’ plight today

LOS ANGELES — The parallels between Japanese Americans who were persecuted during World War II and today’s Latino immigrants whose human rights are also being violated by the United States government, was the focus of this year’s Day of Remembrance program, held Feb. 16, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The annual […]

‘Tales of Clamor’ – a masterful, magical theatrical experience

Silence … sadness … strength … solace — these words rippled through my mind as I watched the preview performance of “Tales of Clamor,” the new play about the Japanese American redress/reparations movement, performed on Feb. 1 at the Aratani Theater at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles. Written by traci […]

Korematsu case re-enactment targets Trump’s anti-immigration policy

NEW YORK — A re-enactment in New York of Korematsu v. United States, a 1944 Supreme Court case that upheld the wartime incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese Americans, was recently staged with a new ending after the court overruled the notorious decision last June. The public event, held Jan. 30 to mark the centennial birthday […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Boosting breakfast

Because workday mornings aren’t paced at leisure, especially when awakening just south of 4 a.m., my workday breakfasts are primarily created to get me to lunch without that mid-morning stomach rumbling or grumbling. Thus, I have the same old breakfast, Coach’s oatmeal from Costco, mixed with Bran Buds and dried cranberries microwaved for two minutes, […]

Symposium honors Ninth Circuit Judge Tashima

The career and jurisprudence of Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was the subject of a day-long symposium on Jan. 25, featuring present and former clerks and colleagues who celebrated the trailblazing jurist’s half century of public service and leadership. Keynote speaker Judge Jacqueline Nguyen ’91 of […]

Woman arrested after allegedly walking into ocean with infant

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — A 36-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Jan. 15 after San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies found her soaking wet with an infant at Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay after allegedly walking into the ocean with the baby, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies responded around 3:10 p.m. to […]

South Koreans grieve over death of ‘comfort women’ campaigner

SEOUL — Many South Koreans gathered in Seoul on Jan. 30 to mourn the death of Kim Bok Dong, a human rights activist and a symbolic figure among those who were forced to work as “comfort women” in Japan’s wartime military brothels. Kim, who died Jan. 28 aged 92, had traveled to various places in […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Reminders of gross injustices

As we approach February 19, we will again commemorate the date of the signing of the Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942, the official order that set into motion the incarceration of the Pacific Coast population of American Japanese for the duration of World War II. In the Bay Area, this will […]

New Mariner Kikuchi says team ‘needed me the most’

SEATTLE, Wash. — Japanese left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi said Jan. 3 he picked the Seattle Mariners in part because he felt the American League team “needed me the most.” “I feel this team needed me the most and I feel chemistry between us,” the 27-year-old said at a news conference after signing a four-year contract […]

Nikkei arrested for allegedly stalking woman and setting cars on fire

Ontario, Calif. police arrested Matthew Masumi Toyotome, 27, of Riverside, Calif. on the morning of Jan. 13 for allegedly stalking a woman and torching her car, along with six other vehicles in the early morning hours that day. The fire was intended for a former friend of Toyotome, who turned down his romantic advances. Ontario […]

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