‘Rare and enlightening addition’ to the ‘black hole’ of JA scholarship

THE LONG AFTERLIFE OF NIKKEI WARTIME INCARCERATION By Karen M. Inouye (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2016, 256 pp., $55, hardcover) Karen M. Inouye, a professor of American studies at the University of Indiana, has launched a new book that takes up a subject still relatively unknown, the long-term resonance of the wartime Japanese American […]

Collective statement by Asian American studies scholars regarding Japanese American ‘Internment’ and a proposed registry of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries

December 3, 2016 (Editor’s Note: Vivian Shaw, University of Texas at Austin; Simeon Man, University of California, San Diego; A. Naomi Paik, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Christen Tsuyuko Sasaki, San Francisco State University; and Yoshinori H. T. Himel, University of California at Davis, along with more than 900 other Asian American studies professors, have signed the following statement): […]

San Francisco’s Japantown holds vigil against post-election hate

Two weeks after the election of Donald J. Trump as the next president of the United States, a crowd of about 500 people gathered at San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza Nov. 22 to hold a candlelight vigil to express their unity with the groups affected by the hateful rhetoric that both the president-elect and his […]

JA and Asian American organizations denounce Trump supporters’ references to a ‘Muslim registry’

Japanese American and Asian American organizations quickly and unequivocally denounced President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters’ recent comments about implementing a registry for Muslims that enter the United States. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach “said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for […]

DOR recalls Executive Order 9066, decries anti-Muslim hatred

LOS ANGELES — The incarceration experience of Japanese Americans during World War II, based on racial hatred, and its similarity to the modern day anti-Muslim animosity in America, was a key topic of discussion during the 2016 Day of Remembrance, held Feb. 20 at the Japanese American National Museum. The Japanese American community’s annual Day […]

Re(ad)dressing Injustice: Korematsu Day connects JA incarceration to anti-Muslim bigotry

In San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the Fred T. Korematsu Institute presented its annual program for Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution Jan. 30 with this year’s program entitled “Re(ad)dressing Racial Injustice: From Japanese American Incarceration to Anti-Muslim Bigotry.” Featuring two panels of speakers, as well as presentations by children, the evening addressed […]

Yolo County exhibit sheds light on cross-cultural injustices

WOODLAND, Calif. — The Woodland Community College Ethnic Studies program, in collaboration with the Yolo County Archives and Records Center, the Art Appreciation Class, the Holland Doshi Kai of Clarksburg and several local community members, is hosting its first exhibit on Yolo County Japanese American history. The “Yolo Japanese American Community Exhibit,” which will be […]

Retired general calls for revival of concentration camps

A retired general and former Democratic presidential candidate called for reinstituting World War II-era concentration camps for “disloyal” Americans, Wesley Clark said in a July 17 interview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts. Clark advocated in the interview — which followed the July 16 mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn. that left five people dead — for using […]

Los Angeles DOR discusses JA-black connections in fighting injustice

LOS ANGELES — The 2015 Day of Remembrance program, held Feb. 21 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo before an audience of 250, explored the interconnection of the Nikkei and black communities in their battles against racism and injustice. Serving as co-emcees were Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, a professor in Asian Pacific […]

SILENCED NO MORE: 2015 Bay Area Day of Remembrance

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium presented its 36th annual Day of Remembrance Feb. 22 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program recalls the injustices more than 120,000 Nikkei faced following President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942. Emily Murase, president of the San […]

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