NEVER TOO LATE: A pillar of community, Isao Fujimoto receives Ph.D. at age 76

Isao Fujimoto is quite possibly one of the most positive community activists you can meet. Both his passion for the community and his humble hope to further the understanding of minority groups are evident, and he has an ever-present smile on his mustached face. At the age of 76, he seems not at all concerned […]

Former San Jose State University students return for honorary degrees

Chitoshi Akizuki was a San Jose State University freshman and a member of the basketball team when his studies and those of other Japanese American students were interrupted by World War II. “I was just beginning,” said Akizuki, 87, a San Jose resident. Akizuki was one of 24 former Nisei students recognized with honorary degrees […]

Mirikitani inducted into SFSU’s Alumni Hall of Fame

Janice Mirikitani, a former San Francisco poet laureate was one of six people who were inducted into the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame on May 21. The commencement ceremony, held on campus the following day, also included the presentation of honorary degrees to 19 alums of Japanese descent who were attending the […]

For UCLA Nisei, ‘a dream deferred has now been achieved’

LOS ANGELES — For 48 Japanese American students whose dream of acquiring an education at UCLA was cut short in February 1942, more than two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, their dream was finally achieved when they received honorary degrees in a traditional graduation ceremony May 15 on the UCLA campus. Nineteen of […]

SF State honors Nikkei with honorary degrees

Nineteen students of Japanese descent were among those honored at San Francisco State University’s (SFSU) 109th commencement held on May 22 at Cox Stadium. More than 8,000 students — including 115 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces — received their degrees before an audience of more than 20,000 guests. SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan said, […]

Wartime Sacramento Jr. College students return for commencement

SACRAMENTO — After almost 70 years of waiting, former Sacramento Junior College students and their next of kin completed some unfinished business at Sacramento City College. Representing the 224 Nisei that once attended, 12 of the former students and 35 of their next of kin were present to receive their honorary diplomas in accordance with AB […]

More than words: Teaching English in Ecuador

In the 24 years that I have been “Ali, short for Alicia,” I have secretly longed for a nickname of distinctive familiarity and endearment. Now, in this small provincial city tucked in the Sierra region of central Ecuador, I have been branded with the inescapable moniker of “China,” or sometimes the affectionate diminutive, “Chinita.” Disregard […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Nikkei Women Honored by Japanese American Women Alumnae

It isn’t every organization that has a connection to a powerful and influential member in Congress, but the Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley (JAWAUCB), a club of the California Alumni Association, has just such a connection. Doris Matsui, representative for the 5th District in California, was honored as Outstanding Alumna of the Year […]

CSUS Celebrates 40th Anniv. of Ethnic Studies

SACRAMENTO — California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) honored eight of its former and present faculty in the 40th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Ethnic Studies Department at the Alumni Visitor’s Center on April 27. Nearly 300 friends, family and associates of the program attended the event, many of them seeing each other in […]

Wartime Nikkei Students Still Being Sought for Honorary Degrees from Universities, Colleges

The California Nisei College Diploma Project is still looking to identify Nikkei who are eligible to benefit from Assembly Bill 37 (AB 37). More than 2,500 students of Japanese descent were enrolled at California institutions of higher education in 1942, with the majority being Nisei. AB 37 became law on Oct. 11, 2009 and required […]

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