Opinion

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 […]

Forgive and go on together

(Editor’s Note: The following essay won “Best in Class, 5th Grade” in the Growing Up Asian in America contest, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Fund. For all winning entries, visit www.asianpacificfund.org.) I am just a girl who wants something better for our world. I knew little about the power of forgiveness, until I heard these […]

Impeachment and Japanese Americans

Because our history and psyches have been forever scorched by the wartime incarceration of our community by our own government, Japanese Americans know how fragile our Constitutional rights are. We know that the Constitution is only as meaningful as the people’s insistence that our leaders, government and officials fully comply with it. Violations of the […]

Mom power

The most valuable lessons in life I’ve learned from my Mom: Be generous. Have fun. Be daring. Go out of your way for people. Work hard. Never go anywhere empty-handed. Pay attention to the needs of others. Be fair. For years I’ve been formulating a theory based on my mother’s life and the lives of […]

LETTERS: Rename the Embarcadero Plaza after Yori Wada

Rename the Embarcadero Plaza after Yori Wada Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to an article that appeared in the Nov. 23, 2017 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, Thank you for your article “Remembering S.F. Japantown legend Yori Wada.” It reminded me of just how dedicated and insightful he […]

Contributing to Japan’s ‘moral salvation’

THE QUESTION BEGS ITSELF: How does a fourth-generation Japanese American justify on the one hand writing very critical things about the current Japanese government and about Japan’s WWII Fascist Imperial past, and yet extend his hand in friendship to Japanese male counterparts in Japan and say, “I love you” to Japanese women from Japan? It […]

Supporters of Muslim Americans outnumber Muslim haters

On a bright and windy morning last Saturday (June 10), Esther and Neal, a middle-aged couple, drove 60 miles from Richmond to San Jose to express their solidarity with Muslim Americans. They were motivated to come after hearing about the rally a group called ACT for America (AofA) were organizing against Sharia Law in the […]

The unintended consequences of hate

This story was reported using data from ProPublica’s Documenting Hate Project. This project is collecting reports to create a national database of hate crimes and bias incidents for use by journalists and civil-rights organizations. If you’ve been a victim or a witness, use the form below to tell us your story. SAN JOSE, Calif. — […]

Carl Takei shares family memories of incarceration during World War II

Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. While the order avoided naming any particular ethnic group, the president and his advisers intended it to target Japanese Americans. Military officials “evacuated” Americans of Japanese ancestry to “relocation centers.” 120,000 men, women, and children had just days to divest themselves of all they owned […]

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