New Alternative Proposed for Little Tokyo Light Rail

LOS ANGELES — Residents, workers and business people in Little Tokyo, who had been concerned about the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) plan to possibly run a light rail connector line above ground through this historic Japanese American enclave, heard better news recently with a proposal by a community group for a fully […]

PRESERVING OUR JAPANTOWNS: History Forgotten, Isleton’s Japantown

ISLETON, Calif. — Unfamiliar with the Sacramento Delta region but lured by Japantown lore and a faint recollection of actor-comedian Pat Morita claiming his roots in Isleton, my family and I visited the riverfront town. Driving the two blocks of Main Street, we easily found Chinatown with its distinctive architecture and remnants of Chinese characters […]

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Found Dead

California Polytechnic State University junior Charles M. Tamae’s body was found on Dec. 4 at Cerro San Luis, a popular hiking destination in San Luis Obispo, Calif., located less than a mile from campus, city police told the Nichi Bei Weekly. San Luis Obispo Police Department Administrative Captain Chris Stanley said that Tamae was reported […]

UCSF Nisei Commencement Ceremony

On July 16, 2009, the University of California Board of Regents agreed to grant special honorary degrees to Japanese American students who were enrolled at the University of California but were forced to leave because of their incarceration during World War II. Ceremonies to award the degrees have been scheduled at the four campuses in […]

Seeking Nisei Honorees for the California Nisei College Diploma Project

More than 2,500 students of Japanese ancestry are estimated to have been in California colleges and universities during World War II, with the Nisei — or second-generation Japanese Americans — comprising the largest number. Assembly Bill 37, authored by California state Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach), bestows honorary degrees to Japanese Americans, living or deceased, […]

Shasta County School Adopts Anti-Bullying Policy After JA Teens Allegedly Harrassed

BURNEY, Calif. — Several months after the parents of two multiracial Japanese American teenagers alleged that their children were being subjected to racial slurs and a physical threat, Fall River Joint Unified School District has approved an anti-bullying policy at Burney Junior Senior High School. The policy, which the District’s board of trustees approved on […]

High School Could Be Named After Fred Korematsu

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — A campaign has been launched to name San Leandro High School’s new ninth grade campus after the late Fred Korematsu — whose challenge of the forced relocation during World War II and efforts to throw out his wartime conviction decades later ultimately led to the Japanese American Redress Movement. Stephen Cassidy, […]

Three Asian Americans Elected to Office in NYC

NEW YORK — In New York City’s Nov. 3 election, Councilman John C. Liu was elected city comptroller, making him the first Asian American to be elected to a citywide office. As a city councilman, the Taiwan-native represented Flushing, Queens. According to the New York Times, this victory “could quickly make [Liu] a strong contender […]

Japanese American Dies After Alleged Assault in Ventura, Calif.

One night in October, Glenn S. Hanamoto walked into the Red Cove bar in Ventura, Calif. to sell hot dogs and was allegedly attacked by skinheads. The next morning he was dead. After leaving the bar on his own power on Sunday, Oct. 18, the 44-year-old Hanamoto told his girlfriend that “some skinheads beat me […]

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