Sansei granddaughters create incarceration artwork

Kathy Fujii-Oka’s “The Legacy of Fujii Nursery” depicts her grandfather and his brother, owners of the Fujii Nursery in the 1920s in Berkeley, Calif., behind bars in acrylic. In the background of the artwork is a photo of her grandfather and his brother surrounded by military trucks with plants headed to Fort Ord in Monterey, […]

Topaz survivors, descendants rankled by Topaz Museum Board’s outreach efforts

  While the Topaz Museum board and its supporters would love nothing more than to move forward after a haphazard excavation of what some consider one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in Japanese American history, a vocal contingent of activists, academics and survivors are continuing to demand an ongoing dialogue on their terms. The […]

The untold story of a South Dakota Nisei veteran

A Place for Harvest: The Story of Kenny Higashi By Lauren R. Harris, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino (Pierre, S.D.: South Dakota Historical Society Press, 2022, 32 pp., $19.95, hard cover) Many of us are familiar with Executive Order 9066. More than 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast were forced to leave their […]

Quest for honorary degrees ends as President Folt confers diplomas upon Nisei students

It’s a historic act of atonement, as the university presents families from around the world diplomas in the names of Japanese American USC students who were forced into detention in 1942. The three and four syllable surnames spoken the evening of April 1 share phonic characteristics: Ochiai, Kondo, Fujioka, Sasaki. They are the names of […]

SAHOMI TACHIBANA: American legacy of a Japanese dancer

Not many people can say their career has lasted nine decades, but for master Japanese classical dancer Sahomi Tachibana, her career in dance spanned 90 years indeed — and so much more.  “Dance has been my life,” Tachibana said in 2005. “Through this form I like to entertain and teach whatever I can offer.” Starting […]

Former Colorado incarceration camp named historic site

DENVER (AP) — President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan bill into law March 18 designating a former World War II Japanese American concentration camp in rural Colorado as a federal historic site managed by the National Park Service. Camp Amache is owned by the town of Granada and is listed on the National Register of […]

Bay Area Day of Remembrance calls for solidarity for reparations movements

The annual Bay Area Day of Remembrance once again focused on the ongoing fights for reparations against the United States government. The Feb. 19 evening program, entitled “No One is Free Until We are All Free, 80 Years after E.O. 9066,” focused on the ongoing campaign for reparations in the United States and attracted 278 […]

Overcoming war, detainment and racism, 104-year-old Trojan receives honorary degree

A USC student who was among the Japanese Americans forced to leave USC in 1942 and live nearly two years in the Manzanar detention camp during WWII. Frank Chuman continued his education elsewhere and went on to a remarkable legal career successfully fighting discrimination in the law and courts, including the landmark Korematsu case. Decades […]

Northern Calif. Time of Remembrance discusses parallels between JAs, Native Americans

Sacramento-area Japanese Americans observed the 2022 Day of Remembrance, marking the 80th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, with an online forum Feb. 12 discussing the parallels between the Japanese American experience and those of Native Americans with regard to captivity, culture and perseverance. Moderator Wendi Yamashita, associate professor of ethnic studies at […]

Los Angeles Day of Remembrance stresses collective action for justice

LOS ANGELES — The annual Los Angeles Day of Remembrance, commemorating the Feb. 19, 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which authorized the forcible removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast into American concentration camps during World War II, was held on the Japanese American National […]

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