Hope amid hardship

THE HOPE OF ANOTHER SPRING: TAKUICHI FUJII, ARTIST AND WARTIME WITNESS By Barbara Johns (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017, 352 pp., $39.95, hardback) This altogether beautiful book by noted Seattle-based art historian and curator Barbara Johns strikingly testifies to the oft-stated judgment that a picture is worth a thousand words. The core of “The […]

Broadway actor Greg Watanabe brings resister Hirabayashi’s story to S.F.

Theater is terrific when the many elements that comprise a production come together as a whole, as was the case with “Hold These Truths,” a one-man play depicting the late civil rights icon Gordon Hirabayashi’s life. The San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League sponsored the Nov. 18 performance, which took place at […]

JAs launch petition to prevent fence at Tule Lake

Filmmaker (“Children of the Camps” and “From a Silk Cocoon: A Japanese American Renunciation Story”) and licensed therapist Satsuki Ina has started an online petition to stop the proposed fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, the site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center, where persons of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II. […]

George Yoshida, musician and educator, dies

George Yoshida, a longtime musician, educator, band leader and author of a book on Japanese American contributions to music, died on May 13, 2014 due to a stroke. He was 92. “A giant has fallen … a modest man whose enormous musical soul and heart-filled zest for life that touched people around the world has […]

NPS solicits public comment on the future of the Tule Lake Unit

The National Park Service held a planning meeting for the general public in San Francisco Japantown regarding the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The Sept. 19 meeting, held at Nihonmachi Terrace, is one of more than a dozen that were held along the West Coast, along […]

NPS to hold meetings to create plan for Tule Lake

TULELAKE, Calif. — The National Park Service will hold public workshops to create a “national dialogue” about Tule Lake’s future. The conversations will result in a General Management Plan to identify how to protect and educate the public about the site, where thousands of persons of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in an American concentration camp […]

UCLA removes ‘internment’ from professorship’s title

LOS ANGELES — Professor David K. Yoo, director of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, announced that the endowed chair and professorship of the Asian American Studies Center has been renamed The George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress and Community. “After considerable consultation, Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, who is the current holder […]

Japanese American centenarian donates life work and more to Vermont college

NEWBURGH, New York  — In the 1920s, Tokyo high school student Hideichi Oshiro was moved by a haiku poem he never forgot. In it, Edo era poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) described coming across the subtle beauty of a wildflower during a walk in the mountains. “I wanted to make this kind of haiku in my […]

SUS ITO: The life of an American soldier and noted biologist

Susumu “Sus” Ito is renown within the medical field for his work with the gastronomical tract. Despite retiring as a professor from Harvard Medical School in 1990, the 92-year-old continues to go into the lab in Boston a few times a week to study. His work has won him recognition around the world and has […]

CSU films recognize honorary degree recipients

The California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor announced in an Oct. 7 statement that it had completed six videos to honor Nisei who had received honorary bachelor’s degrees from the university’s board of trustees. The former students were forced to leave CSU campuses during World War II, and were among the some 120,000 […]

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