Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage set for Oct. 4

  The Nichi Bei Foundation, in partnership with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the National Japanese American Historical Society, will present the Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage Saturday, Oct. 4 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Immigration Station at the Angel Island State Park. The pilgrimage will give attendees the opportunity to rediscover the […]

President’s immigration speech in Chinatown draws mixed reactions from attendees

(Bay City News Service) — Bay Area elected officials and others who heard President Barack Obama’s speech about immigration reform at the Betty Ong Recreation Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown shared their reactions Nov. 25. Obama spoke at the recreation center at 1199 Mason St. around noon as part of a quick six-hour visit to […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Remembering the McCarran-Walter Act

This week’s column commemorates the 60th birthday of the opening of naturalization to Japanese immigrants, as a result of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act (McCarran-Walter Act). Enacted in the summer of 1952, at the height of the McCarthy era, with Congress overriding President Harry Truman’s veto, the act was a product of Cold War […]

New report details the changing demographics of the AAPI community

The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice released a new demographic report, “A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California,” Feb. 4. The report provides data on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, other minorities and the general population of California, with respect to topics including health, income, education […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: We the people have an obligation

I don’t think I need to mention that I am an intense political junkie. I really got hooked on politics after all my research into the history of our incarceration during World War II, with the realization that governments, even in a democracy such as ours, have huge powers over our lives. I also realized […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The Yoshitomi files, and a study of anti-Japanism

In 1924, Congress passed the National Origins Act, which barred all Japanese immigration to the United States. Throughout the surrounding years, the “Japanese question” — that is, the labor and social status of ethnic Japanese — remained the subject of endless debate among policymakers, journalists, nativist pressure groups and religious organizations, as well as the […]

A Trend Toward Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Choice Laws

The year 2011 saw a record number of laws restricting abortion in U.S. states. It also saw a record number of state anti-immigrant laws. Coincidence? Maybe not. In 2011, U.S. states enacted 135 new reproductive health provisions, 92 of them seeking to restrict abortion. In 2000, 13 states were considered “hostile” to reproductive rights; by […]

A universal, though simplified, account of Nikkei immigration

JAPANESE CANADIAN JOURNEY: THE NAKAGAMA STORY By N. Rochelle Yamagishi (VICTORIA, British Columbia: Trafford Publishing, 2010. 112 pp., $12.95, paperback) N. Rochelle Yamagishi has produced a simple, short, accessible, and celebratory story of the Japanese Canadian experience by introducing the story of Ryutaro Nakagama, who left Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan and arrived as an 18-year-old in […]

Undocumented and Korean at UC Berkeley

When Ju Hong stepped before his class at UC Berkeley to discuss his status as an undocumented immigrant, the response was telling. “A lot of the students were surprised at seeing a yellow face,” says the soft-spoken 22-year-old, who notes there is a trend among many of his peers to equate undocumented with Hispanic. A […]

UCLA student sheds light on shadow population Freedom from Fear awardee unveiled undocumented status at LA’s City Hall

The night before he announced he was undocumented on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Freedom from Fear Award winner David Cho wrote a farewell letter to his friends and family in case he was deported once it became known that he didn’t have the papers to live legally in the United States. “I didn’t know what would […]

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