Gov. Newsom declaration pays homage to dark time in Japanese American history

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the widespread incarceration of Bay Area and West Coast U.S. citizens of Japanese descent. In recognition of this event, on Feb. 19 Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Feb. 19 “A Day of Remembrance: Japanese American Evacuation.” United States Executive Order 9066, issued on Feb. 19, 1942,  authorized the forced relocation […]

Powerful voices motivate, educate at 46th Manzanar Pilgrimage

MANZANAR, Calif. — Close to 1,500 people braved blustery winds and gritty dust to attend the 46th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held April 25. While visibly less former Japanese American camp inmates attended the pilgrimage, the crowd has grown to include a mixture of students, non-Nikkei, and this year, a noticeable contingent of Japanese nationals, including […]

Why all the fuss over language?

“At what point are we, as Americans of Japanese ancestry, going to resist having our history written for us by others?” Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, a Nisei survivor of the World War II incarceration, asked this question. She is revered as the researcher who found the document that proved the government claim of “military necessity” as the […]

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