Japanese Americans condemn Trump Executive Order detaining families

Los Angeles’ Nikkei Progressives and San Francisco/Bay Area’s Nikkei Resisters condemn the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has separated children from parents and placed them in child detention centers. This executive order follows several months of tearing children from their parents and jailing them in so-called “tender age” facilities. Despite Trump’s latest executive order […]

Politicians, advocacy groups respond to travel ban ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote June 26 upheld the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting entry from five predominantly Muslim countries. The high court overturned a decision in which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco blocked part of the ban last year. The case began […]

Berkeley man charged with hate crime for alleged rock attack on Asian man

BERKELEY, Calif. —A homeless Hispanic man was charged June 21 with assault with a deadly weapon and a hate crime enhancement for alleging attacking an Asian American man with a rock in downtown Berkeley the morning of June 19, prosecutors and police said. Jeffrey Pachingger, 38, voluntarily came to the Berkeley Police Department after the […]

Film captures hibakusha’s decades-long effort to honor U.S. POWs killed in Hiroshima

Shigeaki Mori, 8 years old, miraculously escaped death on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, when the U.S. detonated an atomic bomb over Hiroshima. He was crossing a bridge when the force of the blast threw him into a river, engulfing him in darkness. Seventy-one years later, Mori found himself in newspaper photos around the […]

Several ministerial changes in Northern Calif. Buddhist Churches

Along with the start of the new year, several Buddhist temples in Northern California welcomed new ministers to lead their congregations. The ministers’ main goal is to maintain the welcoming atmosphere the temple members have showed them in return. Second Home for a Big Family For 29-year-old Rev. Matthew Hamasaki, growing up at the Berkeley […]

Season of Obon

In the summer heat, Japanese love a good ghost story that’ll send chills up their spine. In some ways, the Obon tradition reflects that feeling with crowds of people dancing joyfully in memory of the dearly departed. Throughout California and in various parts of the country this summer, Japanese Americans and others gather for Obon […]

Japanese American former incarceree protests Trump on travel ban

NEW YORK — A Japanese American born in an American concentration camp during World War II is pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions that target people from certain Muslim-majority nations. “It’s easy to issue a presidential order, but it would take many, many years to repeal it,” said Takeshi Furumoto, speaking at […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Intraracial alliances in pursuit of justice

One weekend in late-May, I attended two events that focused on a subject that is dear to my heart, that of forming alliances across racial lines and working toward the common goals of more justice, equality and solidarity among people of color. The first was a May 19 concert at the Buddhist Church of San […]

Let’s Talk … About remembering and speaking out

Obon time is a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. We honor the dead with tradition and ceremony. By coming together as family and community, we have the opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from those who are no longer with us, and we remember something about the lives they lived. […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Unmasking the complexities of documenting queer Nikkei sexuality and history

This week’s column marks the 12th entry in the annual series on queer Japanese American history that I have undertaken to mark LGBT Pride Month. Previous entries have shed light on the nature of sexuality within Japanese communities, the rise and decline of homophobia, past gay activists and community debates over LGBT civil rights. This […]

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