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Art Shibayama, who continued fight for Japanese Latin American redress, dies

Isamu Carlos Arturo “Art” Shibayama, who was among the 2,264 Japanese Latin Americans kidnapped during World War II by the United States government to be used in hostage exchanges with Japan, passed away July 31, 2018. He was 88. He was the oldest of eight children born to Yuzo and Tatsue Ishibashi Shibayama, both from […]

Police investigating possible murder-suicide

Police in San Francisco are investigating the possibility of a murder-suicide after two sisters were found dead the evening of Aug. 8 at the Tenderloin apartment they shared, police said. Around 5:25 p.m., officers responded to an apartment in the 200 block of Turk Street after relatives of the victims contacted police to ask that […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Critics oppose Trump’s plan for Arkansas detention site

Three prominent natives of Arkansas expressed strong opposition to a plan by the Trump administration to study two sites in Arkansas for development as temporary facilities to imprison children of undocumented immigrants and refugees who were arrested and detained by immigration and border agents. One site is the Little Rock Air Force Base and the […]

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 […]

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