NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: Chie Takeshita: Success and tragedy

“It was really a feeling of wow, this is America! It’s so beautiful with flowers everywhere. Then the shock of that room…” — Chie Takeshita Chie Takeshita was born in Oakland, California, on October 27, 1911 to Reisaka and Hiro Yazaki. She was the oldest of three girls and one boy in the family. She […]

Airport creates divisions among Tule Lake stakeholders

Currently, the Tule Lake Committee and various stakeholders are in discussions as to how to resolve the issue of the local municipal airport proposing an expansion in the middle of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center. The various stakeholders include, among others, the committee, the Federal Aviation Administration, Modoc County, the owners of the airport, […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Confronting ‘trauma’ at Tule Lake, and a call to action

Another Tule Lake Pilgrimage is over. This last one, held over the Fourth of July weekend, from July 1-4, was the 21st. First held in 1974, this amounts to roughly 42 years of activity, an impressive accomplishment for this biennial gathering. I went several times while I lived in Seattle, and our trusty leader, Stan […]

Tule Lake Pilgrimage honors legacy of resistance, ‘hallowed ground’

Each successive Tule Lake Pilgrimage appears to attract more interest from a wide cross section of people. For 2016, the Tule Lake Committee had to close registrations for the pilgrimage within three days of the announcement, and in an effort to accommodate the increased demand, the all-volunteer committee boosted the number of attendees to 450 […]

Girl Scout creates patch program to raise awareness of WWII incarceration

Editor’s Note: This content was originally published on the Japanese American National Museum’s “First & Central: The JANM Blog” on January 5, 2016. My name is Lauren Wong. I am an Ambassador Girl Scout with Troop 881, based at the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim, California, and a candidate for the Girl Scout Gold […]

Boxer introduces bill designating Tule Lake camp as National Historic Site

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on Dec. 17 introduced legislation to establish the former Tule Lake concentration camp as a National Historic Site managed by the National Park Service, a statement from Boxer’s office said. Tule Lake was the largest “War Relocation Authority” camp during World War II, incarcerating nearly 19,000 persons of […]

Weightlifting legend began Olympic journey as World War II inmate

TOKYO — While many Olympic athletes can trace their path back to high school gyms or local playgrounds, weightlifting legend Tommy Kono began his journey to the Games in a most unlikely setting — a World War II concentration camp for Japanese Americans. A six-time world champion and the only lifter to set world records […]

‘Mori’ Tanimoto, Tule Lake Block 42 resister, dies

Mamoru “Mori” Tanimoto, one of about 35 men from Block 42 of the Tule Lake concentration camp who had been arrested for refusing to register for the controversial loyalty questionnaire, passed away Nov. 3, 2015. He was 95. During the past decade, both Mori and younger brother, Jim, became fixtures at the biennial Tule Lake […]

Help WWII Tule Lake teacher Ms. Liebert find her 4th grade students

When young Katherine Liebert finished university in San Francisco in 1942, she was preparing to enter the work force of a society stuck by war fervor with the constant bombardment of anti-Japanese rhetoric following the attack on Pearl Harbor. With the face and skin tone of the “good guys,” Katherine probably had several options as […]

Musical on WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans opens in NY

NEW YORK — A musical inspired by Japanese American actor George Takei’s childhood experiences in a World War II concentration camp has opened on Broadway. Takei, most famous for playing Hikaru Sulu in the Star Trek TV series and movies, expressed hope that “Allegiance — a new American musical” would advance his lifelong goal of […]

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