25 YEARS SINCE THE CIVIL LIBERTIES ACT OF 1988: A look back at the historic Japanese American Redress Movement

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which awarded reparations and an official apology to tens of thousands of Japanese Americans who were held in American concentration camps or whose civil liberties and human rights were violated in other ways by the United States government during […]

2013 Day of Remembrance events

SUNDAY, FEB. 10 In memory of the Nikkei who were detained in Hawai‘i during World War II, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will celebrate its Day of Remembrance at 1 p.m. at its Manoa Grand Ballroom, 2454 South Beretania St., Honolulu. The event will explore the lessons of the wartime incarceration of persons of […]

LET’S TALK: About Day of Remembrance

It’s only been in recent years that people have been able to talk about the incarceration of our Japanese American community during World War II as a form of “trauma.” Filtered through government language that disguised and diminished the harm inflicted, our own community has struggled for decades to actually name what happened to us […]

Lost words

It has been said by many that writing letters is a lost art form. People under the age of 35 or so may have never experienced the sentimental emotions of discovering that dusty old shoebox full of beautifully crafted letters that convey love, joy, sorrow and introspection. The grief-stricken letter with tear-stained handwriting or the […]

S.F. DOR remembers civil rights icon Hirabayashi, urges vigilance

On Feb. 19, hundreds gathered at the Bay Area Day of Remembrance (DOR), which was held at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The order, signed by then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, authorized the mass incarceration of some 120,000 Nikkei during World […]

LA DOR: Human Relations Chief Warns of Dangers in Defense Authorization Act

LOS ANGELES — Robin Toma, the executive director of Los Angeles County’s Human Relations Commission, warned about threats to human rights and civil liberties in the National Defense Authorization Act that President Barack Obama signed into law at the end of last year. Toma sounded the alarm during his keynote speech Feb. 18 at the […]

A TIME TO REMEMBER: The 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066

On Feb. 19, 1942, then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting the wheels in motion for one of the largest violations of civil liberties in the country’s history. The forced exclusion of those of Japanese descent from the West Coast — most of whom were American citizens — and their mass incarceration in […]

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 […]

San Jose Day of Remembrance focuses on ‘Fighting Against Fear’

SAN JOSE — Jimi Yamaichi will never forget his long and frustrating battle to join the carpenters union, which turned away Japanese Americans and other Asians before the start of World War II. Yamaichi, director and curator of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, was among several speakers at the 31st annual San Jose […]

‘Mourning Breath’: On Historical Amnesia, D.O.R., Love & Revolution

Just a little over two weeks ago, I celebrated the 25th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday becoming a national holiday. I did so by accompanying a group of high school youth to Youth Speaks’ “Bringin’ the Noise for Dr. King,” event in San Francisco, California. The clarity with which the young poets (ranging […]

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