SEATTLE — The case of Fred Korematsu was once again mentioned in a federal courtroom this week as a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments that the Trump Administration’s travel ban should be reinstated.
Seventy-five years ago, George Nakata was met by the stench of animal manure and urine when he entered what would be his Portland home for four months. Black flies hovered and pigeons darted overhead.
Concern over the decisions coming out of the newly elected Trump Administration dominated this year’s Manzanar Pilgrimage program, where more than 2,000 people turned out. The annual pilgrimage was held on April 29 at the Manzanar National Historic Site in Inyo County.
The San Diego Asian Film Festival will screen more than 20 films from 10 countries during its Spring Showcase April 20-27 at Ultrastar Mission Valley.
SAN FRANCISCO — “Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration” opened April 1 and will run through March 2018 at the Presidio Officers’ Club Heritage Gallery, 50 Moraga Ave. in the Presidio of San Francisco.
OAKLAND — In the face of divisive rhetoric about immigrants and with a history lesson as a jumping-off point, diverse communities gathered over a meal to discuss common challenges in the current political climate.
Several East Bay Jewish and Muslim organizations are joining together on Sunday, April 9th to learn from the experience of Fred T. Korematsu, the legendary civil rights champion who filed suit against the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War 2.
SAN FRANCISCO — “Not to Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment” is the theme of the 2017 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an essay and video contest open to high school students in the western U.S. and Pacific Islands.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles marked Fred Korematsu Day (Jan. 30) and the Day of Remembrance (Feb. 19) with a book launch for “Fred Korematsu Speaks Up” (Heyday Books) on Feb. 11. Pictured are co-authors Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins with Karen Korematsu, Fred Korematsu’s daughter and founder of the Korematsu Institute in San Francisco. They were joined by Deanna Kitamura and Laboni Hoq (pictured at right) of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette, “Fred Korematsu Speaks Up” is part of “Fighting for Justice,” a series of social justice-oriented, nonfiction middle-grade books about real-life heroes and heroines of social progress. The speakers discussed how Korematsu’s legal challenge to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is relevant to today’s executive orders directed at immigrants.
Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, The Times’ letters editor, and it is Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The newsletter you are about to read was sent by an organization whose White House reporter was excluded from the daily White House press briefing on Friday. Here’s a look back at the week in Opinion.