LETTERS: Obama administration an ‘unmitigated disaster’

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to Chizu Omori’s column entitled “The legacy of race in politics,” which ran in the May 2-15, 2013 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Ms. Omori, I have been reading your columns in Nichi Bei Times (and the Nichi Bei Weekly) for many years. They have […]

Two days of festivities planned to celebrate Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Oct. 5 signed into law the congressional bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal collectively to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Nisei who served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. Six Nisei World War II veterans and other officials participated in the […]

Rouse is White House’s first Asian American chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Oct. 1 introduced Peter M. Rouse, a third-generation Japanese American, as interim chief of staff of the White House. He replaces outgoing Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. The appointment further diversifies the president’s inner circle, which includes an unprecedented three Asian American Cabinet members in Secretary of Veterans Affairs […]

Obama signs bill granting JA soldiers highest honor

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation Oct. 5 granting the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest U.S. civilian honor, to thousands of Japanese American soldiers who fought on World War II battlefields or conducted key intelligence operations, the White House said. The text of the legislation cites the exploits of three army units […]

Obama Honors Two Japanese American Teachers

Two Japanese American teachers from Hawai‘i were recently honored by President Barack Obama at the White House with Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Liane Tanigawa and Seanyelle Yagi were among more than 100 educators from across the country who received awards from Obama on Jan. 6 as part of his “Educate […]