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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, […]

Shasta County School Adopts Anti-Bullying Policy After JA Teens Allegedly Harrassed

BURNEY, Calif. — Several months after the parents of two multiracial Japanese American teenagers alleged that their children were being subjected to racial slurs and a physical threat, Fall River Joint Unified School District has approved an anti-bullying policy at Burney Junior Senior High School. The policy, which the District’s board of trustees approved on […]

High School Could Be Named After Fred Korematsu

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — A campaign has been launched to name San Leandro High School’s new ninth grade campus after the late Fred Korematsu — whose challenge of the forced relocation during World War II and efforts to throw out his wartime conviction decades later ultimately led to the Japanese American Redress Movement. Stephen Cassidy, […]

Taking Heart: Japanese American Medical Student Develops iPhone Application to Study Heart Murmurs

When Michael “Fuj” Fujinaka started medical school two years ago he received a stethoscope. But he was not taught how to use it until his third year of school. “Basically every medical student uses a stethoscope. But you don’t learn how to use it until your third year,” said the Stockton, Calif. native, who is […]

Three Asian Americans Elected to Office in NYC

NEW YORK — In New York City’s Nov. 3 election, Councilman John C. Liu was elected city comptroller, making him the first Asian American to be elected to a citywide office. As a city councilman, the Taiwan-native represented Flushing, Queens. According to the New York Times, this victory “could quickly make [Liu] a strong contender […]

Japanese American Dies After Alleged Assault in Ventura, Calif.

One night in October, Glenn S. Hanamoto walked into the Red Cove bar in Ventura, Calif. to sell hot dogs and was allegedly attacked by skinheads. The next morning he was dead. After leaving the bar on his own power on Sunday, Oct. 18, the 44-year-old Hanamoto told his girlfriend that “some skinheads beat me […]

San Jose Police Beating Stirs Distrust and Resentment

On Oct. 24, the San Jose Mercury News released the video of a San Jose State math major getting beaten and stunned with a taser by the San Jose Police Department in his home on Sept. 3, 2009. Police were called to the scene after 20-year-old Phuong Ho allegedly wielded a knife during an altercation […]

Hibakusha Victims Express Gratitude Following Japanese Doctors’ Biennial Visit

It has been 32 years since the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association began sending a team of physicians to the United States every two years to conduct medical examinations on those of Japanese and Korean descent who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski in 1945. More than 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings […]

APIS LIVING WITH HIV: Suffering, Stigma and Survival

In the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, “Miss E” talks about being an HIV-positive Asian American. “I was at death’s door when I was diagnosed. Of course it’s devastating to find out you have AIDS,” she said. Miss E has the kind of remarkable life you could base a movie on. Her Japanese mother died […]

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