Opinion

OPINION: Donald Trump: a disruptive president

Traditionally, American presidents have governed with dignity and a strong sense of national purpose and international responsibility. Since his election in 2016, however, Donald Trump has debased the dignity and decorum of the presidency. Every day, over the past three years, he has trampled on the principles and practices of democratic governance. He caters to […]

Eliminate inhumane nuclear weapons now!

Editor’s Note: The following is the text of the speech Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka gave Aug. 6, 2019 at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. On Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the first atomic bomb was detonated in the sky above Hiroshima, the second and hopefully the last nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. I was […]

ICE profiteers should not use JA incarceration to justify their work

There is a growing movement in the Japanese American community to stop the Trump administration from incarcerating children and families, led by survivors of the World War II camps who grew up as child prisoners. Many of their descendants — including myself — are working to support them. But not everyone in the JA community […]

Buddhist Church of Florin anniversary 100 years, four generations of service

It would have astounded Japanese American immigrant grape farmers Tomokichi and wife Sekiyo Tanaka that their co-founding of the Buddhist Church of Florin in 1919 would be honored 100 years later by a rich legacy of four generations of service to Buddhism by their children, grandchildren, and even their great grandchildren! On September 21st the […]

My homeless friend

The first few times I passed her she seemed to have gathered the quiet around her. I walked past her, noticing that her eyes were closed in contemplation. She was always neat and might’ve been waiting for the bus, but for her neatly packed little cart and the half drunk quart of beer on the […]

Then and now

During World War II, the Japanese Americans were detained in incarceration camps just because they looked like the enemy, Japan. Today, immigrant children are being removed from their families and put into detention centers just because President Trump hates immigrants. I’m going to talk about their similarities and why people should not be put in […]

LETTERS: Concerns about conditions in S.F.’s J-Town

Hello, after taking several tours of Japantown and the Peace Plaza, I am very concerned with the condition of the town. The Pagoda itself is rusting and has severe gaps in the foundation. The walkways and tree holders are cracking and falling apart. There is a lot of trash and filth in the walkways. Inside […]

Two down, one to go — Court rulings pile up against citizenship question

An Interview with Thomas Saenz by Pilar Marrero, La Opinion & Ethnic Media Services Editor’s Note: Two federal judges recently ruled against the Trump administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), is lead co-counsel on […]

‘Tales of Clamor’ – a masterful, magical theatrical experience

Silence … sadness … strength … solace — these words rippled through my mind as I watched the preview performance of “Tales of Clamor,” the new play about the Japanese American redress/reparations movement, performed on Feb. 1 at the Aratani Theater at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles. Written by traci […]

Korematsu overruled or reaffirmed?

On June 26, 2018, by a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court in Trump v. Hawaii upheld President Donald Trump’s so-called “Travel Ban,” the thrice-revised executive orders barring entry of people from Muslim-majority nations. When Trump announced his first order in January 2017, travelers having nothing to do with terrorism were detained, U.S. residents were stranded […]

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