RABBIT RAMBLINGS: ‘Support our democratic institutions or we might lose them’

America is still an experiment. That’s the conclusion I come to after experiencing what we went through this last year. We now have a president who blithely ignores all the norms, customs, rules and traditions that have previously been associated with the institution of the presidency, and we seem to have a government run by […]

A nationwide movement for justice

In celebration of the publication of “NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations,” members of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, along with activists from the Redress Movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, held a series of book parties in the Bay Area Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. During the Oct. […]

Japanese Canadians reflect on hurt, redress and question of identity

TOKYO — Thirty years after the Canadian government formally apologized over the incarceration and expulsion of citizens of Japanese ancestry following the outbreak of World War II, those affected still carry painful memories of discrimination and hardship. Over the years, many have questioned their identity and tried their best to blend in wherever they have […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: JA ‘godmother of redress’ was an internationally esteemed community-builder

Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, who passed away on July 18, 2018, was not a household name, even among Japanese Americans. Yet her place in history as “godmother of Japanese American redress” seems secure. A one-woman research team, she spent years combing through the National Archives and other government document centers in search of material on the […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Remembering ‘miracle worker’ Herzig Yoshinaga’s relentless hunt for truth

I am very saddened by the death of a dear friend, Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga. Of course, it wasn’t a total surprise, since she was in her 90s and had been ill, and at that age, it could happen at anytime. But losing friends and close ones is always hard. She was a wonderful and exceptional […]

Art Shibayama, who continued fight for Japanese Latin American redress, dies

Isamu Carlos Arturo “Art” Shibayama, who was among the 2,264 Japanese Latin Americans kidnapped during World War II by the United States government to be used in hostage exchanges with Japan, passed away July 31, 2018. He was 88. He was the oldest of eight children born to Yuzo and Tatsue Ishibashi Shibayama, both from […]

Researcher Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, who played a critical role in JA redress, dies

Aiko “Louise” Herzig Yoshinaga, a researcher and activist who played a pivotal role in the national Japanese American Redress Movement, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2018. She would have turned 94 on Aug. 5. Herzig Yoshinaga was born in Sacramento, Calif. but grew up in Los Angeles. She was the fifth of six children, […]

Calif. Civil Liberties projects, relating to JA wartime incarceration, announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Library has awarded $694,000 for 26 projects through the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, which aims “to remind Californians of the civil liberties violations suffered by Japanese Americans during World War II so that no one else goes through the same suffering.” “Fear and bigotry were the root […]

Documenting an evolving movement

NCRR: THE GRASSROOTS STRUGGLE FOR JAPANESE AMERICAN REDRESS AND REPARATIONS By Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Press, 2018, 400 pp., $30, paperback) In recognition of my modest role in the conception and organization of this stellar volume, I received a complimentary copy from Lane Hirabayashi, the lead editor […]

Catching up with former Rep. Mike Honda on the importance of Day of Remembrance

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, who as an elected official over the past two decades has joined San Jose’s Japantown in commemorating the Day of Remembrance nearly every year, recently attended the Feb. 18 event marking the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. That order by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt put the […]

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