From the Yamato Colony to ‘Mr. YMCA’

PEARLS: THE FRED Y. HOSHIYAMA STORY As told to Doug Nakashima, edited by Craig Altschul ed. (Chicago: Marshall Jones, 2010, 67 pp., $24.95, paperback) This must be the season for memoirs, and “Pearls: The Fred Y. Hoshiyama Story” is another wonderful addition to “telling” the story of Nisei accomplishments that are often muted or understated […]

A Nisei resolve for social justice

Manzanar and Beyond: Memoirs of Frank F. Chuman, Nisei Attorney By Frank F. Chuman with foreword by Daniel Inouye and introduction by Dale Minami (San Mateo, Calif.: Asian American Curriculum Project, Inc., 2011, 153 pp., $15.95, paperback) A timely and accessible memoir written at the prompting of Chuman’s children, who collectively urged him to “write […]

UC Berkeley library awarded grants for Japanese American WWII projects

In late June, the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley was awarded two grants from the National Park Service to fund the digitization of its collection of materials related to the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II and the creation of a series of oral histories focused on the concentration camps. […]

HUMANITARIAN MISSION: Doctors make biennial medical visit to hibakusha

As part of the ongoing dedication to hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombings during World War II, the 18th biennial medical examinations of American survivors of Japanese and Korean descent was held on July 16 and 17 at the Sister Mary Philippa Health Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center San Francisco. Since 1977, the Hiroshima […]

Searching for a wartime photo of Crystal City DOJ camp

The German American Internee Coalition is trying to locate the original hard copy of a photo that was taken at the Crystal City, Texas Department of Justice camp during World War II. Anyone who has the original photo is asked to contact the Coalition via its online contact form, available at www.gaic.info/ContactUs.php. For more information, […]

Honda introduces POW bill

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michael Honda (D-San Jose) introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring U.S. veterans who were held as prisoners of war during World War II, according to a statement his office issued June 22. The resolution commemorates the men and women who were taken as U.S. prisoners of war in the Pacific. It also commends […]

National Park Service to award $2.9 million in JA Confinement Site grants

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service will award 24 grants that total $2.9 million to preserve and interpret sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II. This year — the grant program’s third — the awards will provide $2.9 million to projects in 11 states, Secretary of the Interior […]

Japanese government honors Sen. Daniel Inouye

The Japanese government announced on June 18 that U.S. Sen. Daniel Ken Inouye (D-Hawai‘i) will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, the highest level of National Orders for ordinary foreigners. The award recognizes his continued significance and unprecedented contribution to enhancing goodwill and understanding between the two nations, a statement […]

Call for artwork and stories from WWII camps

About five years ago I met Mrs. Rosalie Gould, the former mayor of McGehee, Ark. and a strong advocate for teaching and visiting the Japanese American concentration camps in her community. Mrs. Gould told me she had a collection of children’s artworks in her spare room and welcomed me to see them. I was absolutely […]

Korematsu and Hirabayashi families, legal teams react to ‘confession of error’

The families and legal teams of Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi, two civil rights icons, reacted to the news that the U.S. Department of Justice has finally admitted its mistakes in the cases challenging the government’s World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. The “confession of error,” posted by then-acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal on […]

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