API community mourns death of civil liberties champion Mike Lowry

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by the International Examiner. Former Washington Governor Mike Lowry, an early champion of redress payments for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II and a passionate supporter of universal health care, passed away on Monday at the age of 78. Lowry was a much admired friend of the […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Let’s get into the struggle

What a year this is turning out to be. There is so much uncertainty that I feel at a loss for words to address the situation that our country is in. One thing is becoming clear: Americans are alarmed, taking to the streets and speaking up in surprising ways. And we Asian Americans are also […]

Carl Takei shares family memories of incarceration during World War II

Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. While the order avoided naming any particular ethnic group, the president and his advisers intended it to target Japanese Americans. Military officials “evacuated” Americans of Japanese ancestry to “relocation centers.” 120,000 men, women, and children had just days to divest themselves of all they owned […]

Examining the JA exclusion from the U.S. military’s perspective

The San Francisco Presidio Trust opened “Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration,” April 1 inside the Presidio Officers’ Club. The museum exhibit commemorates the 75th year since the U.S. military issued 108 exclusion orders leading to the forced incarceration of some 120,000 people of Japanese descent in U.S. concentration camps […]

Japanese Americans speak up for Muslim Americans

SAN JOSE, Calif. — “A monetary sum and words alone cannot restore lost years or erase painful memories. Neither can they fully convey our nation’s resolve to rectify injustice and to uphold the rights of individuals.” Tom Oshidari, co-president of the Japanese American Citizens League, San Jose chapter, was reading from the letter he had […]

NY DOR on the 75th anniversary of EO9066: Never again!

Editor’s Note: The following is a speech made at the 2017 New York Day of Remembrance. Imagine your family immigrated to this country. (That would include most of us). And please imagine that your country of origin is at conflict with the United States. You are torn, because you hate violence. In fact it may […]

Takei slams ‘Muslim ban’ on anniversary of incarceration

LOS ANGELES — Actor George Takei criticized Feb. 17 President Donald Trump’s executive order that had banned the entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries ahead of the 75th anniversary of the executive order that forced Japanese Americans into concentration camps in World War II. “We know that this executive order was the same kind […]

Speakers at L.A. Day of Remembrance urge all to speak out against injustice

LOS ANGELES — The 2017 Day of Remembrance, held Feb. 18 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, featured guest speakers urging community members not to forget the unjust mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The speakers also encouraged the audience to speak out against President Donald Trump’s administration’s discriminatory […]

‘Resistance at Tule Lake’ sheds new light on inmates’ organized protests

“Resistance at Tule Lake,” a film about protests against injustice within the largest wartime United States concentration camp for residents of Japanese ancestry, will be shown at the sixth annual Films of Remembrance, presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation, Saturday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m., at the New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., in San […]

Never again! No Muslim incarceration

Editor’s Note: The following commentary was originally published by the Freedom Socialist. Most people don’t know where Rohwer, Ark. or Tule Lake, Calif. are located. I do. My parents’ families were incarcerated in both those concentration camps during World War II. The U.S. government rounded up and jailed 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans for “posing […]

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