Bob, Cherry, and Denny

We learned in the spring of 1989 that what HR 442 had authorized — $1.2 billion for 60,000 internees or $20,000 per victim — was not the way the bill should have been written. Applications at the Justice Department for individual payments showed that there were 80,000 living Japanese Americans eligible. The actuaries were wrong. […]

COMMENTARY: What IS the future of SF’s Japantown?

Dear Editor: San Francisco’s Japantown is one of three recognized Japantowns left in the United States. San Francisco’s Japantown in the Western Addition area of the City was decimated twice — first during WWII when Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals were sent to concentration camps; and second in the 1960s when the Redevelopment Agency declared […]

Japanese Americans lead 9/11 10th anniversary memorial in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A diverse group of Americans gathered Sept. 9 for a 10th anniversary memorial of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the Buddhist Church of Florin, a historic site where Japanese Americans once gathered in 1942 to learn of their impending imprisonment in American concentration camps. This time, however, the group gathered to […]

Extras in ‘Conscience’ DVD add a fuller, if not more controversial, picture

“Conscience and the Constitution,” the documentary on the only organized draft resistance movement to come out of a U.S. concentration camp during World War II, has been re-issued as a two disc DVD set with two hours of additional footage and interviews. When “Conscience” first came out in 2000, it uncovered the untold story of […]

LETTERS: ‘American concentration camp’

Dear Editor: We were recently made aware that the American Jewish Committee (AJC) had requested that the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) disapprove a proposal to utilize the term “American concentration camp” to describe the World War II incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry. In a June 30, 2011, e-mail to the JACL, […]

LETTERS: Remembering the ‘real Senate redress hero,’ Spark Matsunaga

Dear Editor: In the run-up to the Heart Mountain [Interpretive Learning Center] opening, [former Senator] Alan Simpson said to a Wyoming reporter that redress couldn’t have been done without me. This was all very nice, but on the Senate floor in the spring of 1988, Simpson voted for an amendment offered by Jesse Helms to […]

NPS to open confinement site grant applications

The 2012 fiscal year Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grant applications will be available on the National Park Service’s (NPS) site on Thursday, Sept. 1. The NPS will accept applications through Tuesday, Nov. 1. According to the NPS Website, Congress established the JACS grant to preserve and interpret locations where people of Japanese descent were […]

IN REMEMBRANCE: Website documents wartime incarceration, one photo at a time

Inspired by the accounts of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II, photographer Andy Frazer now shares their stories through profiles on his Website, Kioku: Portraits of Japanese-American Internment. Kioku means remembrance in Japanese. Frazer interviews the former inmates and shoots black-and-white images that he then displays online at www.gorillasites.com/kioku/default.htm. “The original goal […]

From the Yamato Colony to ‘Mr. YMCA’

PEARLS: THE FRED Y. HOSHIYAMA STORY As told to Doug Nakashima, edited by Craig Altschul ed. (Chicago: Marshall Jones, 2010, 67 pp., $24.95, paperback) This must be the season for memoirs, and “Pearls: The Fred Y. Hoshiyama Story” is another wonderful addition to “telling” the story of Nisei accomplishments that are often muted or understated […]

UC Berkeley library awarded grants for Japanese American WWII projects

In late June, the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley was awarded two grants from the National Park Service to fund the digitization of its collection of materials related to the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II and the creation of a series of oral histories focused on the concentration camps. […]

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