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Educated Asian Americans Struggle to Find Jobs

Asian Americans may have the lowest unemployment rate of any racial group nationwide, but a new report shows college-educated Asian Americans have a harder time finding jobs than whites. The new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), “Hidden Disadvantage: Asian American Unemployment and the Great Recession,” shows that in the fourth quarter of 2009, […]

Mirikitani inducted into SFSU’s Alumni Hall of Fame

Janice Mirikitani, a former San Francisco poet laureate was one of six people who were inducted into the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame on May 21. The commencement ceremony, held on campus the following day, also included the presentation of honorary degrees to 19 alums of Japanese descent who were attending the […]

For UCLA Nisei, ‘a dream deferred has now been achieved’

LOS ANGELES — For 48 Japanese American students whose dream of acquiring an education at UCLA was cut short in February 1942, more than two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, their dream was finally achieved when they received honorary degrees in a traditional graduation ceremony May 15 on the UCLA campus. Nineteen of […]

SF State honors Nikkei with honorary degrees

Nineteen students of Japanese descent were among those honored at San Francisco State University’s (SFSU) 109th commencement held on May 22 at Cox Stadium. More than 8,000 students — including 115 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces — received their degrees before an audience of more than 20,000 guests. SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan said, […]

Wartime Sacramento Jr. College students return for commencement

SACRAMENTO — After almost 70 years of waiting, former Sacramento Junior College students and their next of kin completed some unfinished business at Sacramento City College. Representing the 224 Nisei that once attended, 12 of the former students and 35 of their next of kin were present to receive their honorary diplomas in accordance with AB […]

Fifth annual Florin Manzanar Pilgrimage A vital journey into understanding

A Pakistani American high school student from the city of Elk Grove, an adult education teacher from Berkeley, a World War II Military Intelligence Service veteran from Merced, a Nisei draft resister from Galt, and two peace activists from Davis. What could bring such a hodgepodge of people together? The Florin Manzanar Pilgrimage — a vital […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Buchanan YMCA Secretary Lincoln Kanai’s ‘courage against injustice’ of World War II

In the annals of Japanese American history, a great deal of attention has been justly devoted to the four wartime “internment cases,” in which individual Nisei — Gordon Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, Fred Korematsu and Mitsuye Endo — challenged mass removal before the Supreme Court. In contrast, several other Nisei brought cases in the lower courts. […]

Virtual Museum Showcases Items from Manzanar

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the National Park Service (NPS) has launched a “Virtual Museum” highlighting more than 200 items from Manzanar National Historic Site’s museum collection. “This is the 41st Virtual Museum that the National Park Service has created, and we’re honored to be launching it close to the 41st annual […]

NPS awards $2.9 million in grants to preserve confinement sites

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded 23 grants totaling $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret historic locations where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. In the program’s second year, the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grants will help fund projects in a dozen states, including the restoration of a historic […]

Bill to establish ‘Fred Korematsu Day’ passes Assembly Education Committee

SACRAMENTO — Legislation that would recognize Jan. 30 as “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” passed the California state Assembly Education Committee on May 5. Jan. 30 is the birthday of the late civil rights icon, who passed away in 2005. Assembly Bill 1775, presented by Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach), will […]

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