SAN JOSE’S DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: A new generation of activists

SAN JOSE — The 35th annual Day of Remembrance, held at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Feb. 12 in the city’s Japantown, marked the infamous day in 1942 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the illegal incarceration of some 120,000 Nikkei during World War II, drastically altering the […]

Los Angeles DOR discusses JA-black connections in fighting injustice

LOS ANGELES — The 2015 Day of Remembrance program, held Feb. 21 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo before an audience of 250, explored the interconnection of the Nikkei and black communities in their battles against racism and injustice. Serving as co-emcees were Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, a professor in Asian Pacific […]

SILENCED NO MORE: 2015 Bay Area Day of Remembrance

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium presented its 36th annual Day of Remembrance Feb. 22 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program recalls the injustices more than 120,000 Nikkei faced following President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942. Emily Murase, president of the San […]

Let’s Talk: About ‘Stigma’

It’s a strange word, “stigma.” In preparing to write this column for the Day of Remembrance issue, this word came up on several occasions. On further research, I learned that the archaic meaning of “stigma” was “a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.” It’s a term that […]

Day of Remembrance 2015 events

The Day of Remembrance marks the 73rd anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin D. Roosevelt which led to the mass incarceration. The Day of Remembrance commemorates the injustices, race prejudice, hardships of 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II. Editor’s Note: This is not a […]

Nikkei must speak out against police brutality

The other day, I received a petition in an e-mail asking me to tell PepsiCo, which makes Doritos,to stop buying the palm oil it uses to make the chips. “That sound when you bite down on Doritos … is the sound of rainforests being ‘crunched’ … for massive palm oil plantations ….” It seems that […]

San Jose Day of Remembrance focuses on civil liberties and war

SAN JOSE — More than 200 people attended the 34th annual “Day of Remembrance” event, presented by the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, Feb. 16 at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. The event, titled “Civil Liberties and War,” commemorated the signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, which led to the incarceration of some […]

‘S.F. Day of Remembrance’ points out hypocrisy and calls for justice

Each year the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium presents speakers and performances to remember the constitutional injustices Nikkei faced during World War II, and to draw similarities with today’s post-9/11 world. Performance artist and activist Judith Nihei and the Rev. Michael Yoshii of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, Calif. emceed the […]

Day of Remembrance 2014 events

Japanese American community members hold Day of Remembrance events throughout the United States each year to commemorate the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, which led to the mass incarceration of some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent on the West Coast in American concentration camps. SATURDAY, […]

Bay Area DOR reflects on past and present

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance took place Feb. 17 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown. The annual gathering commemorates the nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II. This year’s DOR, the 34th iteration of the San Francisco Bay Area’s ceremony, celebrated […]

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