Researcher Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, who played a critical role in JA redress, dies

Aiko “Louise” Herzig Yoshinaga, a researcher and activist who played a pivotal role in the national Japanese American Redress Movement, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2018. She would have turned 94 on Aug. 5. Herzig Yoshinaga was born in Sacramento, Calif. but grew up in Los Angeles. She was the fifth of six children, […]

Korematsu overruled or reaffirmed?

On June 26, 2018, by a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court in Trump v. Hawaii upheld President Donald Trump’s so-called “Travel Ban,” the thrice-revised executive orders barring entry of people from Muslim-majority nations. When Trump announced his first order in January 2017, travelers having nothing to do with terrorism were detained, U.S. residents were stranded […]

LETTERS: JAs say injustices ‘must never happen again’

Dear Editor, We join with 40 other Jodo Shinshu Buddhists, the Jodo Shinshu being a school of Buddhism whose adherents in this country are largely Japanese American. Many of us were imprisoned in internment camps during World War II, most as children, in some cases without our fathers, (as is happening to some children today,) […]

Yosh Kuromiya, who resisted wartime draft from Heart Mountain camp, dies

Yoshito “Yosh” Kuromiya, an artist, landscape architect and World War II draft resister living in Alhambra, Calif., passed away on July 24, 2018 in Los Angeles. He was 95. He was the fifth of six children born to Hisamitsu and Hana Tada Kuromiya, both from Okayama Prefecture, Japan. When World War II broke out, the […]

More than 400 converge upon ‘hallowed ground’ at Tule Lake Pilgrimage

The theme for the 2018 Tule Lake Pilgrimage was “Preserving Our Hallowed Ground.” It attracted more than 400 attendees, ranging in age from 7 years old to 98, coming from as far away as Alaska, Hawai‘i, the East Coast and Japan. The pilgrimage opened with a moment of silence to remember Henry Nonaka and Jimi […]

Calif. Civil Liberties projects, relating to JA wartime incarceration, announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Library has awarded $694,000 for 26 projects through the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, which aims “to remind Californians of the civil liberties violations suffered by Japanese Americans during World War II so that no one else goes through the same suffering.” “Fear and bigotry were the root […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Japanese Americans condemn Trump Executive Order detaining families

Los Angeles’ Nikkei Progressives and San Francisco/Bay Area’s Nikkei Resisters condemn the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has separated children from parents and placed them in child detention centers. This executive order follows several months of tearing children from their parents and jailing them in so-called “tender age” facilities. Despite Trump’s latest executive order […]

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