‘CAMPU’ STORIES: Lesser-known aspects of WWII incarceration captured in podcast

For Japanese Americans who lived through America’s concentration camps, the one thing many Issei and Nisei survivors shared in common after camp was silence. “They didn’t talk about camp,” is what numerous Sansei and Yonsei have said. However, over time, many did talk, maybe not to their families, but in the 1990s more than 900 […]

A window into the resistance at Granada (Amache)

FINDING SOLACE IN THE SOIL: AN ARCHEOLOGY OF GARDENS AND GARDENERS AT AMACHE By Bonnie J. Clark (Louisville, Colo: University Press of Colorado, 2020, 224 pp., $58, hard cover) This new book, as its title suggests, explores the archaeological digs directed by author Bonnie J. Clark on the grounds of the wartime Japanese American confinement […]

A ‘community study’ of Minidoka

AN EYE FOR INJUSTICE: ROBERT C. SIMS AND MINIDOKA Edited by Susan M. Stacy (Pullman, Wash.: Washington State University Press, 2020, 246 pp., $21.95, paperback) During the May 1995 symposium that Mike Mackey organized in Powell, Wyo. on the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans at the nearby Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Mackey toured Bob Sims […]

Inmates’ historical narratives for the layperson

REMEMBERING OUR GRANDFATHERS’ EXILE: US IMPRISONMENT OF HAWAI‘I’S JAPANESE IN WORLD WAR II By Gail Y. Okawa (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2020, 272 pp., $26, paperback) Back in 1980, very little had been written about the World War II imprisonment experience of more than 5,500 Japanese American aliens (Issei) within the hodgepodge of 24 […]

Objects make stories come alive for families

From dolls to furniture, objects from the unjust incarceration of some 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II are present in collections across the United States. Nancy Ukai, writer and researcher of the Japanese American diaspora, is focusing on the intangible stories behind the objects. As part of the “50 Objects/Stories: The American […]

Rights commission rules in favor of Japanese Latin Americans kidnapped during WWII

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States issued its verdict Aug. 4, ruling in favor of the late Isamu Carlos “Art” Shibayama and the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project. The IACHR is an independent agency within the OAS, and its main mission is to promote the observance and protection of […]

VOICES OF THE NIKKEI COMMUNITY: The aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bomb

This first-person account of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing was written several years ago by Ame Kobayashi, as part of her family memoirs. Ame was born in Idaho and raised there on a farm by her parents Junji and Kuniko Hamada, one of six children. She was sent to Japan after high school to […]

Protest calls for end to nuclear weapons on 75th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Bay Area nuclear war protesters held their annual rally at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory virtually on Aug. 6, the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima to call for an end to nuclear weapons. The rally started at 8 a.m. Pacific time at https://www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org/events and was part of a national event called “From Hiroshima to […]

Nagasaki A-bomb survivor determined to share memories in English

NAGASAKI, (Kyodo) — Michio Hakariya had been trying to share his experiences of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki with foreign audiences for some years when he began to feel that his inability to speak directly to them in their own language was blunting his message. Despite his advanced years, the response of the retired […]

LETTERS: Sobering Seventy-Five

Dear Editor, Can you hold your breath for one minute, 15 seconds?Seventy-five seconds. One second for every year since atomic bombs were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ask yourself: Are we (all of humanity) capable of living together with respect and humility for other countries and for one another? As the U.S. and Russia continue […]

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