Sequel leads adoptee from HI to WWII concentration camps in NorCal

By Alan Brennert (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2019, 320 pp., $27.99, hardcover) Daughter of Moloka‘i First and foremost, writer Alan Brennert is a wonderful world builder. It’s not surprising that he has received a glowing review of his latest novel, “Daughter of Moloka‘i,” from Games of Thrones’ George R. R. Martin. They both are […]

‘Respectable’ biography on Norman Mineta falls short of potential

Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II By Andrea Warren (New York: Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House, 2019, 224 pp., $22.99, hardcover) When I was in elementary school, I was introduced to the American Revolution through the biography of Johnny Tremain, which may […]

Lodi JACL Templars honor 442nd Regimental Combat Team on opening day

LODI, Calif. — On a mild summer 85-degree Lodi morning, the Northern California Japanese American Baseball League had its opening day for the 2019 season. The Lodi JACL Templars hosted the Fresno Sansei at Tony Zupo stadium June 9. Pre-game ceremonies celebrated and honored the connection between the Lodi JACL baseball team and the 442nd […]

Japanese Americans say ‘never again’ to plan to detain migrant children

LOS ANGELES — Japanese Americans who claim the Trump administration is repeating the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II, will on June 22 protest the detention of young migrants who were taken into U.S. custody after crossing the border from Mexico with no legal status. The Fort Sill army base in Lawton, […]

Symposium examines wartime scars

More than three quarters of a century since the forced removal and incarceration of some 120,000 people of Japanese descent in American concentration camps, the Japanese American community still has not fully recovered from the trauma. The day-long event entitled “A Community Fractured: Compliance & Resistance” explored the rifts within the Japanese American community that […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: On processing the Crystal City pilgrimage

I’ve been home for a while since the March 29 to April 1 Crystal City, Texas pilgrimage and demonstration at Dilley, the largest detention center for asylum seekers in the U.S. It is as though my head and my heart are so full of thoughts and feelings that I can’t “process” the experience with detachment. […]

Annual concentration camp pilgrimage salient to politics 50 years on

LOS ANGELES — After being expelled from university for “inciting a riot,” fighting for African Americans’ civil rights and protesting the Vietnam War, Warren Furutani decided it was time to galvanize a Japanese American community which had experienced mass incarceration two decades earlier. Just 22 years old at the time of the first pilgrimage to […]

Name of Burnett Middle School to change amid claims of racism; ‘Korematsu’ one of seven finalists

SAN JOSE — Burnett Middle School in San Jose will vote to change its name this week following a controversy over its current namesake, Peter Burnett, who championed racist policies as the first governor of California from 1849 to 1851. Community members began the process of removing Burnett’s name from the school in February, citing […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Symposium to address Japanese American community’s fractures

I am excited about a program that is being presented at the Presidio as part of the “Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties” exhibit, which features pictures of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. If you don’t know about this exhibit, or […]

CAAMFest presents nuanced personal stories

The Center for Asian American Media’s CAAMFest 2019 returns to the Bay Area May 9, and includes venues in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. The following short films screen in San Francisco. ‘Period Girl’Any number of documentaries could be made about Nadya Okamoto. At 21 years old, she’s already co-founded a nonprofit with more than […]

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