Opinion

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 […]

LETTERS: JAs say injustices ‘must never happen again’

Dear Editor, We join with 40 other Jodo Shinshu Buddhists, the Jodo Shinshu being a school of Buddhism whose adherents in this country are largely Japanese American. Many of us were imprisoned in internment camps during World War II, most as children, in some cases without our fathers, (as is happening to some children today,) […]

What my grandma left behind

My grandmother and I were always very close. But she had never spoke of her experience of the atomic bomb. “It is too painful for your grandma to talk about it,” my mother once told me. My grandma lost her mom on the day of the bomb, and her husband and siblings in later years. […]

Japanese Americans condemn Trump Executive Order detaining families

Los Angeles’ Nikkei Progressives and San Francisco/Bay Area’s Nikkei Resisters condemn the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has separated children from parents and placed them in child detention centers. This executive order follows several months of tearing children from their parents and jailing them in so-called “tender age” facilities. Despite Trump’s latest executive order […]

Season of Obon

In the summer heat, Japanese love a good ghost story that’ll send chills up their spine. In some ways, the Obon tradition reflects that feeling with crowds of people dancing joyfully in memory of the dearly departed. Throughout California and in various parts of the country this summer, Japanese Americans and others gather for Obon […]

‘We need to … protect the rights of our Muslim brothers and sisters’

Editor’s Note: The Rev. Hiroki Suzuki gave the following message at the Community Memorial Day Service in Colma, Calif. May 28. Hebrews 12:1-2: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance […]

Mountain View Buddhist Temple impermanence

“How, are we going to do Obon … without rice?” Randy Sato, co-chair of this year’s Obon Festival and Bazaar at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, pushed his tensed fingers thru his hair. The members of the Mountain View Buddhist Temple are facing a powerful lesson in the Buddhist concept of impermanence this year. Over […]

Antonio Villaraigosa and Asian Americans

Antonio Villaraigosa is the only gubernatorial candidate to demonstrate leadership to the underrepresented people in California. I had the honor and privilege of serving with Antonio during his Speakership in the California State Assembly in 1999 through 2000. During those two years, Asian Americans represented nearly 10 percent of the California population, but less than […]

Finding my own ‘Place’ through art

It’s one thing to write for a living and another to create art. Art often speaks personal truths or attempts to articulate something difficult to tangibly describe. So it was a radically different exercise for me to create a piece of art for the “A Place of Her Own” exhibition currently on display at J-Sei […]

Protesting the injustice of the incarceration

Have you seen “Resistance at Tule Lake” yet? It’s the film by Konrad Aderer that was featured on PBS this past Sunday. It is screening at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival at the California Museum in Sacramento on Saturday, May 26: http://www.sapff.org/2018-festival-programming/. Now there is a link through PBS so the public can view […]

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