Getting to the heart of a nation

During its annual film showcase Feb. 23 in San Francisco’s Japantown, the Nichi Bei Foundation plans to present a series of short films on the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. Entitled “Americanism is in the Heart,” the three films explore sacrifices some 120,000 people of Japanese descent made while incarcerated The short films consist of […]

‘Tales of Clamor’ – a masterful, magical theatrical experience

Silence … sadness … strength … solace — these words rippled through my mind as I watched the preview performance of “Tales of Clamor,” the new play about the Japanese American redress/reparations movement, performed on Feb. 1 at the Aratani Theater at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles. Written by traci […]

In exposing falsehoods, ‘Alternative Facts’ connects the past to the present

In the documentary, “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066,” Jon Osaki, who produced and directed the film, takes a new angle in telling the experiences of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans into United States-style concentration camps and ties what occurred in the 1940s to our current state of the union. […]

Korematsu case re-enactment targets Trump’s anti-immigration policy

NEW YORK — A re-enactment in New York of Korematsu v. United States, a 1944 Supreme Court case that upheld the wartime incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese Americans, was recently staged with a new ending after the court overruled the notorious decision last June. The public event, held Jan. 30 to mark the centennial birthday […]

Educating to remember, 40 years after the first California Day of Remembrance

Carole Hayashino recalled pulling into the Fort Mason parking lot in San Francisco on the morning of Feb. 19, 1979. She was surprised to be greeted by hundreds of people ready to form a caravan headed due south to the former site of the Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno, Calif. for the state’s first ever […]

Next-generation filmmakers help to rediscover incarceration history

During its annual film showcase, the Nichi Bei Foundation will present a series of three short films on the history of the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans directed by younger generations of filmmakers. Entitled “History Rediscovered,” the short films explore stories that detail the experience of some Japanese Americans during World War II when some […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Reminders of gross injustices

As we approach February 19, we will again commemorate the date of the signing of the Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942, the official order that set into motion the incarceration of the Pacific Coast population of American Japanese for the duration of World War II. In the Bay Area, this will […]

Kenso Zenimura, Nisei who played baseball with Hiroshima Carp, dies

Howard Kenso Zenimura, a Nisei baseball legend from the Fresno, Calif. area who would play professionally with Japan’s Hiroshima Carp, passed away Dec. 13, 2018, the Nisei Baseball Research Project announced on its Facebook page. He was 91. “Kenso was a Nisei baseball pioneer, one of the founding members of the NBRP, and a good […]

The postwar shadow looms

LIFE AFTER MANZANAR By Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, 2018, 208 pp., $28, hardcover) In their new book, “Life After Manzanar,” Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist throw new light on the lives of Japanese Americans in the postwar era, tracing the experience of the former camp inmates through resettlement, the […]

Rediscovering Honouliuli and preserving former camp sites

A RESILIENT SPIRIT: THE VOICE OF HAWAI‘I’S INTERNEES Edited by Claire Sato and Violet Harada (Honolulu: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, 2018, 100 pp., $25, paperback) Having previously read with enjoyment and edification a trio of books published by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i — “Life behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment […]

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