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Nisei hibakusha reflects upon wartime experience during Topaz pilgrimage

To recognize the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Jack Dairiki, a Nisei hibakusha on the Topaz pilgrimage bus, shared his experiences. When Dairiki was in the 5th grade, the Sacramento-born Nisei accompanied his father to Hiroshima in 1941 to visit his ailing grandfather. They boarded the Tatsuta Maru in July […]

Fishing Through History – Bell Shimada, a man, a seamount, a boat

The fisheries survey vessel (FSV) Bell M. Shimada, a research fishing vessel operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was commissioned on Aug. 25. The ship, with all its scientific equipment and maneuvering capabilities, is one of the most technologically advanced ships out at sea today. The […]

Journey Back to Topaz – Former inmates take pilgrimage to former Central Utah concentration camp

The 2010 Topaz/Central Utah Pilgrimage attracted participants as far away as Tom Kurihara from Virginia, to local Utahns, but the majority came from California via Toru Saito’s Topaz Bus. Former Topaz inmate Saito has been organizing pilgrimage busses for years. “The reason I do this Topaz bus thing,” said Saito, “is because I kind of […]

Former Crystal City inmate seeks help in creating detailed map

A former resident of the Department of Justice camp at Crystal City, Texas is looking for others who were forcibly relocated there, in hopes of building a detailed map of the camp. Werner Ulrich, who was incarcerated at Crystal City from 1943 to 1947, is trying to identify who stayed in each of the living […]

Cantil-Sakauye confirmed as California chief justice

(Bay City News Service) — A state commission in San Francisco on Aug. 25 unanimously confirmed Sacramento appeals court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to be California’s next chief justice. Cantil-Sakauye, 50, was nominated in July by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to succeed California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George, who will retire on Jan. 2. She was […]

Summit participants experience Bay Area culture

BERKELEY, Calif. — Kazuki Miyamoto has a dream. His trip to the United States for the America-Japan Grassroots Summit reaffirmed his resolve to realize that dream. “I want to learn to speak fluent English and come back here for graduate school to become a robotic scientist,” said the 19-year-old Fukuoka college student while he was visiting […]

Daphne Kwok now Obama’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ of the Asian American Community

President Obama has picked Daphne Kwok of San Francisco to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a job that carries the responsibility of “being the eyes and ears of the community,” as Kwok puts it. The 48-year-old Chinese American will continue to stay in her current job as executive director […]

JET alums rally to save group’s funding from chopping block

NEW YORK — More than 40 former Japan Exchange and Teaching Program alumni from across the United States recently holed themselves up in a Manhattan hotel to figure out how to sell their organization’s value to the Japanese government as potential budget cuts loom large. “I think the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association of […]

Legislature sends Korematsu Day bill to governor’s desk

SACRAMENTO — The California state Legislature on Aug. 24 passed Assembly Bill 1775, which would establish Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. The bill is headed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk for his signature. The bill uses the wrongful conviction of Fred Korematsu during World War II to emphasize […]

Honda introduces legislation to honor WWII U.S. POW

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michael Honda (D-San Jose) introduced legislation on July 28 to honor World War II prisoners of war. “This legislation celebrates, honors, and commemorates the courageous and faithful men and women who were taken as U.S. POWs,” Honda said in a statement. “It also commends the GOJ for the steps it has taken to […]

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