Bay Area Day of Remembrance calls for reparations for African Americans

Reparations for African Americans took center stage at the annual Bay Area Day of Remembrance program held online by the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium under the theme: “Abolition! Reparations! Carrying the Light for Justice” Feb. 19. Documentary filmmaker Dianne Fukami and her daughter Hillary Nakano, co-chair of Japantown for Justice, emceed the event, […]

Film dives into the life of iconic researcher and activist Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga

Filmmaker Janice Tanaka realized that, despite Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga’s profound impact on U.S. history, there were no films focused specifically on the Nisei activist and researcher. However, a family connection and a unique funding opportunity enabled her to produce “Rebel With a Cause: The Life of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga” (2016), a tribute to Herzig Yoshinaga’s […]

Lane Hirabayashi, scholar of Japanese American history, dies

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, a prolific scholar whose work expanded the research of the Japanese American experience, died earlier this month in Southern California after a bout with cancer. He was 67. His lifelong commitment to Japanese American history followed “in the footsteps of his uncle Gordon Hirabayashi who defied curfew and evacuations orders during World […]

The ins and outs of redress

REDRESS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN FOR JAPANESE AMERICAN REPARATIONS By John Tateishi (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday, 2020, 384 pp., $28, hard cover) The topic of the Japanese American Redress Movement has been abundantly rewarded by its parade of prominent chroniclers. Those authored or edited volumes which I have been privileged to read, and […]

Docuseries offers fresh look at Asian American experience

“Asian Americans,” a five-hour film series chronicling the contributions and challenges of the fastest-growing ethnic group in America, is being shown this month on PBS during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Personal histories and new academic research cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it. Renee Tajima-Peña, […]

Q-and-A with longtime activist and mentor Alan Nishio

Editor’s Note: This Q-and-A-format interview was originally posted on the Manzanar Committee’s blog prior to the 2020 virtual Manzanar Pilgrimage. https://manzanarcommittee.org/2020/04/25/nishio-q Alan Nishio, who is the keynote speaker for our 2020 Virtual Manzanar Pilgrimage, was awarded the Manzanar Committee’s 2017 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Award for his leadership during the Redress Movement in the 1980s, along […]

Bookseller, like Japanese American community, perseveres through challenges

SAN MATEO, Calif. — Women, children, mothers, fathers, families. Some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent were trapped behind barbed wire fences for having a cultural connection to Japan during World War II. In 1970 the Japanese American Curriculum Project, renamed the Asian American Curriculum Project in 1985, began its humble endeavor to educate the public […]

‘Tales of Clamor’ – a masterful, magical theatrical experience

Silence … sadness … strength … solace — these words rippled through my mind as I watched the preview performance of “Tales of Clamor,” the new play about the Japanese American redress/reparations movement, performed on Feb. 1 at the Aratani Theater at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles. Written by traci […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Reminders of gross injustices

As we approach February 19, we will again commemorate the date of the signing of the Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942, the official order that set into motion the incarceration of the Pacific Coast population of American Japanese for the duration of World War II. In the Bay Area, this will […]

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 […]

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