Japanese Latin Americans receive favorable hearing; ruling may not come for years

WASHINGTON — Isamu Carlos “Art” Shibayama and the Campaign for Justice: Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans! delegation appeared to have received a favorable hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights March 21, but an official ruling may not be expected for years. The IACHR is an independent agency of the Organization of American […]

10 Resign from President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs

The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders submitted their resignations Feb. 15  to President (Donald) Trump. The main reason: Trump’s policies have adversely affected Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Six other Commissioners — Nina Ahmad, Lian Cheun, Diane Narasaki, Shekar Narasimhan, Bo Thao-Urabe, and Paul Watanabe — had resigned in January. “We […]

OUT OF THE SHADOWS OF INFAMY: Nikkei resistance during World War II

Contrary to the stereotype that Japanese Americans during World War II never questioned the constitutionality of the United States concentration camps and willingly went in to the camps and even served in the Army from the camps, hundreds of Japanese Americans took part in all forms of protests, including legal, as well as physical ones. […]

A historical anthology on redress

NEGLECTED LEGACIES: Japanese American Women and the Redress/Reparations Movement Edited by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi Special issue of “PAN-JAPAN: The International Journal of the Japanese Diaspora” Normal, Ill.: (Spring/Fall 2011: Volume 7, Numbers 1 & 2, 197 pp., $12.50, paperback) Purchase information available at http://lilt.ilstu.edu/pan-japan In this 2011 PAN-JAPAN special issue, guest editor Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, […]

JACL statement on ‘Allegiance’

(Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of a statement released by the Japanese American Citizens League on “Allegiance — A New American Musical.”) WASHINGTON — The Japanese American Citizens League is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. JACL commends the producers and writers of “Allegiance — A […]

Tule Lake, the consequences

Editor’s Note: On Aug. 2, the National Park Service (NPS) held a meeting at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo with community stakeholders about planning the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Similar meetings were held in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose in Northern California. […]

Deporting ‘troublemakers’ redux

Time of Remembrance observances are coming up in another few weeks, a good time to do something to assure, “never again.” This year, in the context of the National Defense Authorization Act that provides for indefinite military detention of the accused, we need to be more vigilant than ever, especially with two companion pieces of […]

Letter to President Obama Re: Indefinite military detention

January 10, 2012 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Obama, Before I begin, I must say that I have the utmost respect for the Office of the President, and I want to thank you for the job you are doing […]

A lifelong relationship: Citizens and the state

PRISONS AND PATRIOTS: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory By Cherstin M. Lyon (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011, 233 pp., $30.95, paperback) “Prisons and Patriots” is Cherstin Lyon’s first book. Its publication catapults Professor Lyon, a historian at California State University, San Bernardino, into the ranks of the premier scholars of World […]

New book on resisters examines wartime definition of patriotism, civil disobedience

CHICAGO — A new book being published by Temple University Press in November is re-examining wartime definitions of citizenship, patriotism, prisons, and civil disobedience through the lives of Gordon Hirabayashi and a group of Nisei draft resisters who called themselves the “Tucsonians.” “Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory” is […]

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