Letter of support to the American Muslim community

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent on Sept. 3 to three American Muslim organizations — the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).  Dear Muslim American Friends, I am writing to you today to extend a hand of support and understanding, and to let […]

LETTERS: Remembering the ‘real Senate redress hero,’ Spark Matsunaga

Dear Editor: In the run-up to the Heart Mountain [Interpretive Learning Center] opening, [former Senator] Alan Simpson said to a Wyoming reporter that redress couldn’t have been done without me. This was all very nice, but on the Senate floor in the spring of 1988, Simpson voted for an amendment offered by Jesse Helms to […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The dilemma of defining and preserving a fragmented community

I took some time off to recharge my batteries, to use an old cliché, and now I’m back. In that interval, our nation has gone through such turbulence it is hard to think clearly about the state of politics, the economy, and the future. Well, daily life goes on and we all have to try […]

NPS to open confinement site grant applications

The 2012 fiscal year Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grant applications will be available on the National Park Service’s (NPS) site on Thursday, Sept. 1. The NPS will accept applications through Tuesday, Nov. 1. According to the NPS Website, Congress established the JACS grant to preserve and interpret locations where people of Japanese descent were […]

IN REMEMBRANCE: Website documents wartime incarceration, one photo at a time

Inspired by the accounts of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II, photographer Andy Frazer now shares their stories through profiles on his Website, Kioku: Portraits of Japanese-American Internment. Kioku means remembrance in Japanese. Frazer interviews the former inmates and shoots black-and-white images that he then displays online at www.gorillasites.com/kioku/default.htm. “The original goal […]

From the Yamato Colony to ‘Mr. YMCA’

PEARLS: THE FRED Y. HOSHIYAMA STORY As told to Doug Nakashima, edited by Craig Altschul ed. (Chicago: Marshall Jones, 2010, 67 pp., $24.95, paperback) This must be the season for memoirs, and “Pearls: The Fred Y. Hoshiyama Story” is another wonderful addition to “telling” the story of Nisei accomplishments that are often muted or understated […]

A Nisei resolve for social justice

Manzanar and Beyond: Memoirs of Frank F. Chuman, Nisei Attorney By Frank F. Chuman with foreword by Daniel Inouye and introduction by Dale Minami (San Mateo, Calif.: Asian American Curriculum Project, Inc., 2011, 153 pp., $15.95, paperback) A timely and accessible memoir written at the prompting of Chuman’s children, who collectively urged him to “write […]

UC Berkeley library awarded grants for Japanese American WWII projects

In late June, the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley was awarded two grants from the National Park Service to fund the digitization of its collection of materials related to the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II and the creation of a series of oral histories focused on the concentration camps. […]

Searching for a wartime photo of Crystal City DOJ camp

The German American Internee Coalition is trying to locate the original hard copy of a photo that was taken at the Crystal City, Texas Department of Justice camp during World War II. Anyone who has the original photo is asked to contact the Coalition via its online contact form, available at www.gaic.info/ContactUs.php. For more information, […]

National Park Service to award $2.9 million in JA Confinement Site grants

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service will award 24 grants that total $2.9 million to preserve and interpret sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II. This year — the grant program’s third — the awards will provide $2.9 million to projects in 11 states, Secretary of the Interior […]

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