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 […]

‘Tex’ Nakamura, civil rights advocate who worked with Wayne Collins, dies

Tetsujiro “Tex” Nakamura, a civil rights advocate who became involved in redevelopment issues in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo after World War II and an attorney who worked closely with attorney Wayne Collins on the World War II Japanese American renunciation cases, the Tokyo Rose Iva Toguri d’Aquino case and the Japanese Latin American cases, passed […]

LETTERS: Bittersweet effort to honor Mitsuye Endo

Dear Editor This letter is in re to … Nichi Bei Weekly article, “Senator asks Obama to honor Endo,” dated May 28, 2015 (page 4). It is indeed wonderful that Mitsuye Endo is finally being recognized for her wartime stand, ex parte Endo 323 US 283 (1944) that freed 120,313 (people of Japanese descent)  incarcerated without due process […]

LET’S TALK: About the healing power of pilgrimage

A “pilgrimage” is any long journey, especially undertaken as a quest or act of devotion, according to Webster’s Dictionary. Three hundred and sixty of us traveled from all four directions this July 4th weekend to gather at the former Tule Lake Segregation Center in Northern California near the Oregon border. I made my first pilgrimage […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: ‘CRIMINALIZING DISSENT’: The 2014 Tule Lake Pilgrimage

Another Tule Lake Pilgrimage has passed, and it has given me a lot to chew over. It is more popular than ever, and the 350 slots filled up in under two weeks. I wonder what the numbers would be if everybody who wanted to participate could. The numbers indicate that interest in Tule Lake has […]

Tule Lake Committee files suit to stop fencing airport

  TULELAKE, Calif. — The Tule Lake Committee on July 28 filed suit in Modoc County Superior Court to stop Modoc County and the city of Tulelake “from consideration of leasing and fencing the Tulelake Airport until conducting a public environmental review process. State law requires study and mitigation of impacts to the historic property […]

World War II MIS veterans hold ‘touching’ reunion after 67 years

After World War II ended in 1945, the Military Intelligence Service soldiers played a vital role in aiding Japan’s reconstruction, connecting Gen. Douglas Macarthur to the Japanese people though their language interpretation. Like other military groups, these Nisei men formed strong, unforgettable friendships during their service. However, when it was time to return home, most […]

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