Preserving family histories for the future: Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage

Although Japanese Americans now thrive across the United States, approximately 85,000 of them first stepped foot on the U.S. mainland after stopping at the U.S. Immigration Station on Angel Island. In an effort to reclaim that part of Nikkei history, the Nichi Bei Foundation held its fourth Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage Oct. 13 on the […]

NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: The Angel Island story of Kane Mineta, Norman Mineta’s mother

(Editor’s Note: The following article was published on the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation’s Website, www.aiisf.org). Americans know Norman Mineta as the first Asian American in a presidential cabinet, when he was secretary of commerce under President Bill Clinton, secretary of transportation under George Bush, where he took decisive action after the attacks of 9/11, […]

Asian American DACA recipients await congressional action

LOS ANGELES — Since September, undocumented adults living in America legally through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been in a state of limbo. When the Trump administration last year announced March 5 as the end of the Obama-signed program that protects from deportation the so-called “Dreamer” children who entered the United States […]

Korean DACA recipient saw life uprooted in move to Canada

LOS ANGELES — “Nobody wants to take care of DACA more than myself and the Republican Party,” President Donald Trump said Jan. 26 in a CNBC interview, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In September, urging Congress to replace DACA, Trump announced he was ending the program that protects so-called “Dreamer” children […]

Massive crowd gathers to celebrate workers’ immigrants’ rights

Chanting, “We want justice for our people,” waving signs and cheering, more than 1,000 people gathered peacefully in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood May 1 in honor of May Day and in support of immigrant rights. A broad coalition of groups joined in the tenth annual observance of International Workers Day by Oakland Sin Fronteras, a labor […]

Local leaders praise injunction blocking sanctuary executive order

A federal judge in San Francisco April 25 issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking an executive order by President Donald Trump that threatened to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities and counties. U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled in a pair of lawsuits filed by the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County. He […]

California chief justice on the right side of history

We applaud Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court for taking a strong position against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement practice of stalking undocumented immigrants in California courthouses. “There is ample evidence that immigrants view such practices as a form of stalking that deters them from seeking justice for themselves or cooperating in […]

FAMILY REUNION: Third annual Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage reunites families with legacies

“Well Grandpa, we’re all here,” Terri Tamaru said to a carving located on the second floor of the former Angel Island Immigration Station barracks. Tamaru, along with her children and grandchildren, attended the Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage Oct. 1 at the Angel Island Immigration Station in the San Francisco Bay. The third annual event, presented […]

20th anniversary screenings of ‘Picture Bride’ honor pioneering Issei

More than 100 community members gathered at New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown Sept. 25 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kayo Hatta’s groundbreaking film “Picture Bride.” According to the film, some 20,000 young women from Japan, Okinawa and Korea journeyed to Hawai‘i between 1907 and 1924 to meet their new husbands — men […]

Pilgrimage sheds light on JA immigration history, honors those who preserved it

Although largely known for its Chinese immigrant history, the United States Immigration Station at Angel Island also retains stories from many other immigrant groups, evident today by old carvings on the barrack walls in languages like Russian, Urdu and Japanese. The immigration station’s Japanese immigrant history reveals two layers of stories: Japanese immigration from 1910 […]

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