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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, […]

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 […]

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