Minami Tamaki LLP recognized by Asian Pacific Fund for leadership in philanthropy

In recognition of their decades of commitment to Asian Pacific American community concerns and philanthropic endeavors, the Minami Tamaki LLP law firm — rooted in historic legal cases such as overturning the World War II conviction of civil rights icon Fred Korematsu for resisting relocation orders — were presented the Leadership in Philanthropy Award by […]

API community mourns death of civil liberties champion Mike Lowry

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by the International Examiner. Former Washington Governor Mike Lowry, an early champion of redress payments for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II and a passionate supporter of universal health care, passed away on Monday at the age of 78. Lowry was a much admired friend of the […]

Japanese Latin Americans receive favorable hearing; ruling may not come for years

WASHINGTON — Isamu Carlos “Art” Shibayama and the Campaign for Justice: Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans! delegation appeared to have received a favorable hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights March 21, but an official ruling may not be expected for years. The IACHR is an independent agency of the Organization of American […]

A ‘delectable’ though perhaps ‘paradoxical’ tribute to a civil rights icon

FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP By Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette. (Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday Books, 2017, 112 pp., $18, hardcover) As indulgent friend/relative and indefatigable book advocate, one activity I have always found a great challenge is finding holiday books for the children on my list. (I have sometimes tongue-in-cheek attributed my […]

Couple’s exhaustive search for documents led to truth behind WWll incarceration camps: Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga donates historic papers to UCLA Library Special Collections

LOS ANGELES — Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga was born an American citizen in Sacramento. She grew up in Los Angeles. But none of these facts prevented the U.S. government from incarcerating her and her family — alongside more than 120,000 residents of Japanese descent living on the West Coast, many of whom were also American citizens — […]

‘Rare and enlightening addition’ to the ‘black hole’ of JA scholarship

THE LONG AFTERLIFE OF NIKKEI WARTIME INCARCERATION By Karen M. Inouye (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2016, 256 pp., $55, hardcover) Karen M. Inouye, a professor of American studies at the University of Indiana, has launched a new book that takes up a subject still relatively unknown, the long-term resonance of the wartime Japanese American […]

JA and Asian American organizations denounce Trump supporters’ references to a ‘Muslim registry’

Japanese American and Asian American organizations quickly and unequivocally denounced President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters’ recent comments about implementing a registry for Muslims that enter the United States. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach “said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for […]

Films to Remember: Fifth annual film fest presents fresh stories on incarceration

The Nichi Bei Foundation presented its fifth annual Films of Remembrance program Feb. 20 at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. The one-day film festival hosted a full day of programming portraying the lives of Japanese Americans across the United States in a period of time spanning some 80 years, from pre-war Japanese […]

Reflections on Day of Remembrance: Supporting the SF ‘comfort women’ memorial & delving into our own history of sexual violence against women in times of war

Last year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to create a “comfort women” memorial. The resolution garnered broad support from both within the Japanese American community as well as veterans, women’s and labor rights groups, students, educators, and scholars. However, there was also opposition from some members of the Japanese and […]

Selma’s 50th anniv. march inspires JACL resolution to study African American reparations

“Frederick Douglass said we should have 40 acres and a mule.” Instead, America left blacks “penniless and illiterate after 244 years of slavery,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He calculated economic losses at $20 a week for 4 million slaves adding up to $800 billion in 1968. “They owe us a lot of money.” […]

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