Japanese American former incarceree protests Trump on travel ban

NEW YORK — A Japanese American born in an American concentration camp during World War II is pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions that target people from certain Muslim-majority nations. “It’s easy to issue a presidential order, but it would take many, many years to repeal it,” said Takeshi Furumoto, speaking at […]

Community icon Jimi Yamaichi dies at 95

Jimi Yamaichi — carpenter, World War II draft resister, Tule Lake Committee member, Japanese American Museum of San Jose co-founder and community leader — passed away at his San Jose home on May 12. He was 95. “Jimi Yamaichi is an icon of the Japanese American community … and he has touched the lives of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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