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 […]

Honda introduces bill to end immigration law discrimination

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) on May 5 introduced the Reuniting Families Act in the House of Representatives, which according to his office, would help “ensure that visas are allocated efficiently, while alleviating lengthy wait times that keep legal immigrants, and their loved ones overseas, separated for years.” The bill also eliminates discrimination […]

Congress passes rare bill to allow Marine widow’s immigration

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — The House of Representatives, on Dec. 15, passed a private immigration bill that will pave the way for a Japanese widow of a U.S. Marine to live permanently in the United States. The bill grants permanent resident status to the woman, who now lives in the Japanese southernmost prefecture of Okinawa. As […]

Nearly deported nursing student gets tearful welcome

Friends and loved ones of a City College of San Francisco nursing student celebrated his return from an Arizona detention facility Nov. 23. Shing Ma “Steve” Li, 20, was arrested at his San Francisco home on Sept. 15 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after authorities discovered he was in the country illegally. The […]

The Great Unknown and the Unknown Great: ISSEI WOMEN: Shio Sakanishi, a pioneering figure in education

In April 1939, the writer Edward Larocque Tinker offered a laudatory account in his New York Times column of a new book “The Spirit of the Brush,” an anthology of commentaries on art by Chinese classical painters between 367 A.D. and 960 A.D. Tinker noted that the editor of the collection, Dr. Shio Sakanishi, was […]

LETTERS: Nikkei should oppose Arizona’s immigration law

Dear Editor, The San Francisco Chronicle just printed a high-profile article, “Thousands in U.S. Protest Arizona Law.” I write in concern of the low profile of (we) in the JA community who have more reason than others to identify with the arbitrary discrimination and racial profiling of “suspicious immigrants.” When Gov. Jan Brewer was asled […]

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