Overcoming war, detainment and racism, 104-year-old Trojan receives honorary degree

A USC student who was among the Japanese Americans forced to leave USC in 1942 and live nearly two years in the Manzanar detention camp during WWII. Frank Chuman continued his education elsewhere and went on to a remarkable legal career successfully fighting discrimination in the law and courts, including the landmark Korematsu case. Decades […]

Northern Calif. Time of Remembrance discusses parallels between JAs, Native Americans

Sacramento-area Japanese Americans observed the 2022 Day of Remembrance, marking the 80th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, with an online forum Feb. 12 discussing the parallels between the Japanese American experience and those of Native Americans with regard to captivity, culture and perseverance. Moderator Wendi Yamashita, associate professor of ethnic studies at […]

Los Angeles Day of Remembrance stresses collective action for justice

LOS ANGELES — The annual Los Angeles Day of Remembrance, commemorating the Feb. 19, 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which authorized the forcible removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast into American concentration camps during World War II, was held on the Japanese American National […]

Gov. Newsom declaration pays homage to dark time in Japanese American history

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the widespread incarceration of Bay Area and West Coast U.S. citizens of Japanese descent. In recognition of this event, on Feb. 19 Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Feb. 19 “A Day of Remembrance: Japanese American Evacuation.” United States Executive Order 9066, issued on Feb. 19, 1942,  authorized the forced relocation […]

‘Voices’ brings Hawai‘i story to life

Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, FBI agents appeared at Japanese American homes with guns and bayonets and began arresting Issei immigrants without cause and threw them in local jails. “They just grabbed him,” said Laura Miho, remembering how the FBI took her father, Koichi Iida. “We were all so scared. We […]

A story of many communities in ‘Manzanar Diverted’

Though known as a dusty desert and a site of injustice for Japanese Americans, filmmaker Ann Kaneko delved into the intricate history of water rights and the people of California’s Owens Valley in “Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust.” The documentary primarily focuses on the Paiute and Shoshone people who have lived in the region, […]

Four short films take artistic look at camp

Four short films at the 11th annual Films of Remembrance will highlight filmmakers’ artistic interpretations of the wartime experience of Japanese Americans during World War II. Under the Artistic Interpretations Shorts Program, the Nichi Bei Foundation will present “Hanami” (4 min., 2021) by Lisa Maeda; “An Uninterrupted View of the Sea” (15 min., 2020) by […]

Filmmaker seeks to educate about L.A.’s racist past

Former educator and “Putting Them Where They Could Do No Harm” filmmaker Steve Nagano seeks to rename Fletcher Bowron Square, which is named after the former Los Angeles mayor who supported the wartime incarceration of persons of Japanese decent in U.S. concentration camps. The Nichi Bei Weekly interviewed Nagano via e-mail about his short film […]

‘Reparations’ explores struggle to atone for slavery

In Jon Osaki’s film, “Reparations,” Blacks and Asian Americans address the four-century struggle to atone for slavery in the U.S., and discuss the critical role that solidarity between communities plays in addressing systemic racism in America. Osaki, an award-winning filmmaker and director of “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066,” spoke to the Nichi […]

11th annual Films of Remembrance to feature films on wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans

The Nichi Bei Foundation presents the 11th annual Films of Remembrance, a showcase of films commemorating the 80th anniversary of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans in American concentration camps during WWII. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 26 and […]

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