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Rights commission rules in favor of Japanese Latin Americans kidnapped during WWII

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States issued its verdict Aug. 4, ruling in favor of the late Isamu Carlos “Art” Shibayama and the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project. The IACHR is an independent agency within the OAS, and its main mission is to promote the observance and protection of […]

Ikigai during a pandemic

This time of year usually marks the height of the annual fair, festival and bazaar circuit, when Nikkei families and friends travel near and far to get their “fix” of favorites, such as teriyaki burgers, “the best” teriyaki chicken, steaming bowls of udon or manju with a modern twist. For many, annual cultural and community […]

VOICES OF THE NIKKEI COMMUNITY: The aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bomb

This first-person account of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing was written several years ago by Ame Kobayashi, as part of her family memoirs. Ame was born in Idaho and raised there on a farm by her parents Junji and Kuniko Hamada, one of six children. She was sent to Japan after high school to […]

Protest calls for end to nuclear weapons on 75th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Bay Area nuclear war protesters held their annual rally at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory virtually on Aug. 6, the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima to call for an end to nuclear weapons. The rally started at 8 a.m. Pacific time at https://www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org/events and was part of a national event called “From Hiroshima to […]

State plans to release draft curriculum for ethnic studies education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said July 29 that the state Department of Education planned to release a draft model curriculum that week for ethnic studies education. Thurmond said the department would release the draft July 31, taking the first step toward the implementation of an ethnic studies curriculum for K-12 students across […]

Nagasaki A-bomb survivor determined to share memories in English

NAGASAKI, (Kyodo) — Michio Hakariya had been trying to share his experiences of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki with foreign audiences for some years when he began to feel that his inability to speak directly to them in their own language was blunting his message. Despite his advanced years, the response of the retired […]

Biden picks Sen. Harris as running mate, 1st Black, Asian American woman VP candidate

WASHINGTON — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Aug. 11 that he has picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black and Asian American woman to be nominated for vice president by a major party in the United States. Harris, 55, who was born to Indian and Jamaican immigrants, […]

Hibakusha haunted by survivor’s guilt 75 years after the atomic bombings

In the final days of World War II, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, respectively, which forever altered the course of history. While the bombs immediately incinerated the two cities and vast swaths of their populations — resulting in the deaths of an estimated […]

Ogawa monument vandalized during Oakland protest

The monument of the late Japanese American civic leader, Frank H. Ogawa, was vandalized in an Oakland, Calif. protest for racial justice July 25. “The bust was defaced with paint and subsequently cleaned quickly,” Sean Maher, the public information officer for the city of Oakland’s Public Works and Transportation departments, said in an e-mail to […]

S.F. supervisor introduces ‘CAREN’ Act to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on July 7 introduced an ordinance to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls. The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN, Act could possibly result in people who call law enforcement based on racial bias facing criminal charges. The ordinance is similar to state Assemblymember Rob Banta’s (D-Oakland) Assembly Bill 1550, […]

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