Ken Yoshida, one of a handful of Topaz camp resisters, dies

SAN MATEO, Calif. — Ken Kenichiro Michael Yoshida, one of five World War II draft resisters from the Topaz (Central Utah) concentration camp, passed away on March 19, 2015 at his San Mateo, Calif. home. He was 91. Yoshida was born in Tacoma, Wash. to Kohei and Sakiko Kimishima Yoshida, the second of seven children. […]

Tule Lake Committee files suit to stop fencing airport

  TULELAKE, Calif. — The Tule Lake Committee on July 28 filed suit in Modoc County Superior Court to stop Modoc County and the city of Tulelake “from consideration of leasing and fencing the Tulelake Airport until conducting a public environmental review process. State law requires study and mitigation of impacts to the historic property […]

Setting the Record Straight: The play ‘No-No Boy’

  I saw the play “No-No Boy” at the Studio Theatre on Theatre Row in New York City on May 14, 2014. Ken Narasaki is the playwright adapting the play from a novel written by John Okada that was first published in 1957. Ron Nakahara directed the play, and the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre produced […]

Civil rights resistance at Tule Lake

Contemplating the loss of the South African leader Nelson Mandela and his courage in challenging and dismantling the racist system of apartheid — incarcerated for 27 years because he sought human and civil rights — I couldn’t help but think about how the Nikkei community treated its own civil rights heroes. Fred Korematsu and Gordon […]

Tule Lake, the consequences

Editor’s Note: On Aug. 2, the National Park Service (NPS) held a meeting at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo with community stakeholders about planning the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Similar meetings were held in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose in Northern California. […]