RABBIT RAMBLINGS: An intersectional battle for justice

It has always bothered me that our history of being incarcerated during World War II, based solely on the fact of our being of Japanese descent, has been so obscure and relatively unknown. I admit that many of us didn’t want to talk about it, and it wasn’t something that one would bring up in […]

Films of Remembrance unveils little-known stories of wartime incarceration

The Nichi Bei Foundation presented its seventh annual Films of Remembrance program, featuring a curated selection of 10 films, Feb. 24 at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. The one-day film showcase shed light on once-hidden facets of the Japanese American incarceration experience where some 120,000 people of Japanese decent were imprisoned during […]

Historic Wintersburg preservation effort gains community support

LOS ANGELES — Concerned citizens in the Nikkei community have called on the Huntington Beach City Council to help preserve and protect the Historic Wintersburg site, whose status is being threatened by the proposed sale of the property to a storage company. The importance of preserving and protecting the property, Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force […]

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 […]

Ann Curry’s TV series helps childhood friends reunite after seven decades

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the past 20 years, Reiko Nagumo, a Nisei docent for the California Museum’s Time of Remembrance program, has told her story of how a childhood friendship helped her get through the prejudice she faced during and after World War II. By continuing their friendship against the will of her parents, Nagumo’s […]

A centenarian gets his wings

A Nisei pilot could have been a World War II ace, but racism kept him grounded. Virgil Nishimura Westdale graduated top of his class in the War Training Service — he said he had a knack for acrobatic flying — and was well on his way to be a pilot for the U.S. Army Air […]

L.A. Day of Remembrance speaker urges Nikkei to resist hate-mongering

LOS ANGELES — Stand up to resist the hate-mongering and violence targeting immigrants and Muslims, was the message activist Alan Nishio delivered to the 300-plus people attending the 2018 Day of Remembrance Feb. 17 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The annual Day of Remembrance event commemorates President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing […]

2019 budget proposal eliminates funding for Japanese American Confinement Sites grants

President Donald Trump’s “budget proposal unveiled the middle of February, includes the elimination of funding for the Japanese American Confinement Sites …  Grants Program,” the Japanese American Citizens League said in a statement. “The JACS Grant program, authorized in 2006, has provided over $21 million in grants to 163 grantees representing states, counties, local governments, […]

American nightmare turned into American Dream

“Moving Walls” by Sharon Yamato recounts the Japanese American experience at the Heart Mountain, Wyo. concentration camp during World War II, and also discloses what happened after the war to the 457 barracks that had housed more than 10,700 ethnic Japanese from 1942-45. The film describes how young veterans (including one Nisei, Tak Ogawa) seeking […]

Film examines little-known history of incarceration on Hawai‘i Island

Filmmaker Ryan Kawamoto continues his exploration of Hawai‘i’s hidden history with “Voices From Behind Barbed Wire: Stories From Hawai‘i Island,” a follow-up to his 2012 film “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i.” The short film examines the little-known history of the incarceration of the Japanese population on the Big Island of Hawai‘i […]

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