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 […]

Second Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage Oct. 3

Japanese Americans will descend upon a Bay Area island Saturday, Oct. 3, as the Nichi Bei Foundation, in partnership with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the National Japanese American Historical Society, present the second Nikkei (Japanese American) Angel Island Pilgrimage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Immigration Station at the Angel […]

NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: Nikkei family makes historic visit to see ancestor’s inscription on Angel Island

「廣島縣安佐郡川內村町溫井ミヤモト 四十五年」 “Miyamoto Nukui Community, Kawauchi Village, Asa District, Hiroshima Prefecture 45th Year” The characters above are carved on a wall on the second floor of the former Angel Island immigration station. On Aug. 7, a group of 16 descendants of Masaru Miyamoto gathered on Angel Island with San Francisco State University Professor Charles Egan to […]

JACL criticizes Trump and Bush’s comments on Asians

The Japanese American Citizens League issued a statement Aug. 27 responding to recent remarks Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have made regarding Asians. Bush responded on Aug. 24 to critiques of his previous use of the term “anchor babies” when referring to children of undocumented immigrants who are born in the United […]

Nichi Bei Foundation to present 20th anniversary screenings of Kayo Hatta’s ‘Picture Bride’ Sept. 25 in S.F.’s Japantown

The Nichi Bei Foundation will present two screenings of late director Kayo Hatta’s groundbreaking and award-winning film, “Picture Bride,” on Japanese immigrants (Issei) Friday, Sept. 25 at New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. in San Francisco’s Japantown. Actress Tamlyn Tomita and co-screenwriter Mari Hatta will attend the second screening at 6:30 p.m. “Picture Bride” was […]

Study: Undocumented Immigrants Relying on ‘Luck’ to Stay Healthy

BERKELEY, Calif. — Undocumented immigrants’ ability to stay healthy might come down to a matter of luck. That’s one of the findings that emerged from a study released late last month by The Greenlining Institute, a national research and advocacy organization. Prohibitive costs, language barriers, fear of outing themselves as undocumented and a perceived lack […]

NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans on Angel Island

The Oct. 4, 2014 Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage — presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation in partnership with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and National Japanese American Historical Society — sparked a lot of interest among Japanese Americans in their potential Angel Island roots, either immigrant ancestors or those who may have been briefly […]

Obama’s plan for immigration reform — what you need to know

Editor’s Note: On Nov. 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that he would take executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Following his announcement, New America Media hosted a national telephonic press briefing for ethnic media reporters, with speakers Marielena Hincapié of National Immigration Law Center, Marshall Fitz of Center for American […]

Historic pilgrimage reconnects Japanese American community to Angel Island immigration station

At the turn of the 20th century, the United States Immigration Station at Angel Island served as a primary entry point into the mainland United States, particularly for immigrants from Asia. Renown for its carvings of Chinese poetry by immigrants, the story has been predominantly focused on Chinese immigrant history. On Oct. 4, the Nichi […]

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