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Government of Japan Honors Columbia Professor Takamura

NEW YORK — Professor Jeanette C. Takamura, dean of the Columbia University School of Social Work, has been honored with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for her contributions to the promotion of social welfare policies and programs and the status of Japanese Americans. First awarded in 1875, the Order […]

San Leandro School to Be Named for Civil Rights Icon Fred Korematsu

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — San Leandro High School’s new freshman campus will be named after the late Fred T. Korematsu — who challenged orders to go to a World War II American concentration camp — following a unanimous vote by the school board. “I hope my father’s story will be an inspiration to high school […]

Forum Examines Death and Rebirth of JA Press

A few dozen community members gathered at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco’s Japantown on Dec. 6 to discuss the state of the community’s Japanese American newspapers. The forum — co-sponsored by the Nichi Bei Foundation, the Japanese American National Library, the National Japanese American Historical Society and […]

Grammy Jazz Ensembles Hits Right Note with Student Musician

Trombone player Jon Hatamiya is only in high school, but he’s about to have the unique opportunity to rub shoulders with notable Grammy Award-winning artists. Hatamiya, 17, was one of 28 students from around the country selected from a field of 75 entrants to participate in the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensembles program. He will be […]

Honored: 67 Years Late, UCSF Awards Nikkei with Diplomas

On Dec. 4, Edith Oto received a degree from the School of Nursing at the University of California San Francisco. She also turned 90. The Napa native was one of the 68 former UCSF students who was granted an honorary degree almost 68 years after Executive Order 9066 derailed her education. Diplomas were handed out […]

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Found Dead

California Polytechnic State University junior Charles M. Tamae’s body was found on Dec. 4 at Cerro San Luis, a popular hiking destination in San Luis Obispo, Calif., located less than a mile from campus, city police told the Nichi Bei Weekly. San Luis Obispo Police Department Administrative Captain Chris Stanley said that Tamae was reported […]

NISEI COLLEGE DIPLOMAS: Making Good on a 67-Year-Old Promise

The California Nisei College Diploma Project is sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program in cooperation with Union Bank. Our job, our task, our responsibility is to assist colleges and universities in identifying their Nisei college diploma recipients, wherever they or their families may be. I would like to thank Assemblymember Warren Furutani […]

Youngest Openly Gay Asian American Mayor in Nation Elected in Campbell

CAMPBELL (Bay City News Service) — Campbell Vice Mayor Evan Low made history on Dec. 1 by becoming the country’s youngest openly gay mayor. Chosen by his fellow council members to fill the mayoral seat, Low, 26, is also the country’s youngest Asian American mayor, he said. He replaces current Mayor Jane Kennedy. Low said […]

UCSF Nisei Commencement Ceremony

On July 16, 2009, the University of California Board of Regents agreed to grant special honorary degrees to Japanese American students who were enrolled at the University of California but were forced to leave because of their incarceration during World War II. Ceremonies to award the degrees have been scheduled at the four campuses in […]

Seeking Nisei Honorees for the California Nisei College Diploma Project

More than 2,500 students of Japanese ancestry are estimated to have been in California colleges and universities during World War II, with the Nisei — or second-generation Japanese Americans — comprising the largest number. Assembly Bill 37, authored by California state Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach), bestows honorary degrees to Japanese Americans, living or deceased, […]

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