Documenting an evolving movement

NCRR: THE GRASSROOTS STRUGGLE FOR JAPANESE AMERICAN REDRESS AND REPARATIONS By Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Press, 2018, 400 pp., $30, paperback) In recognition of my modest role in the conception and organization of this stellar volume, I received a complimentary copy from Lane Hirabayashi, the lead editor […]

A rebel with many causes

REBEL LAWYER: WAYNE COLLINS AND THE DEFENSE OF JAPANESE AMERICAN RIGHTS By Charles Wollenberg (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday Books, 2018, 160 pp., $20, hardcover) Representing unpopular clients is a lawyer’s highest calling. Yet few heeded that call on behalf of Japanese Americans during World War II. Among these few was Wayne Collins, who represented thousands of […]

The irony of Nikkei citizenship during mass incarceration

CITIZEN INTERNEES: A SECOND LOOK AT RACE AND CITIZENSHIP IN JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMPS By Linda L. Ivey and Kevin W. Kaatz (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger, 2017, 277 pp., $48 hardcover) Each spring semester, my wife, a professor in the online Information School at San José State University, team-teaches a course entitled “History of the […]

‘Jewel’ of a tribute to Heart Mountain

MOVING WALLS: THE BARRACKS OF AMERICA’S CONCENTRATION CAMPS By Sharon Yamato (Washington: National Park Service, 2017, 64 pp., $19.95, paperback) Sharon Yamato is truly a lovely person. She is also a lyrical writer, a seasoned journalist, a capable historian, a skilled interviewer, an accomplished curator and a talented filmmaker. The daughter of parents who were […]

Heart and courage: A Nisei veteran’s story

MASAO: A NISEI SOLDIER’S SECRET AND HEROIC ROLE IN WORLD WAR II By Sandra Vea (Seattle: DMA Books, 2016, 360 pp., $18.99, paperback) As a visit to almost any American new or used bookstore will quickly confirm, military history is an exceedingly popular genre of literature. This is particularly the case as it pertains to […]

Critics oppose Trump’s plan for Arkansas detention site

Three prominent natives of Arkansas expressed strong opposition to a plan by the Trump administration to study two sites in Arkansas for development as temporary facilities to imprison children of undocumented immigrants and refugees who were arrested and detained by immigration and border agents. One site is the Little Rock Air Force Base and the […]

‘We need to … protect the rights of our Muslim brothers and sisters’

Editor’s Note: The Rev. Hiroki Suzuki gave the following message at the Community Memorial Day Service in Colma, Calif. May 28. Hebrews 12:1-2: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance […]

Japanese American former incarceree protests Trump on travel ban

NEW YORK — A Japanese American born in an American concentration camp during World War II is pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions that target people from certain Muslim-majority nations. “It’s easy to issue a presidential order, but it would take many, many years to repeal it,” said Takeshi Furumoto, speaking at […]

Let’s Talk … About remembering and speaking out

Obon time is a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. We honor the dead with tradition and ceremony. By coming together as family and community, we have the opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from those who are no longer with us, and we remember something about the lives they lived. […]

Nikkei honored for donating photo collection

Patti Hirahara of Anaheim, Calif., who donated her family’s concentration camp photo collection to Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Department, received the Honorary Alumna Award from the WSU Alumni Association in April. Hirahara was also honored for educating the public about the Japanese American wartime incarceration experience. She is the first […]

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