For Bobby, Daniel and Carol Hirano, the hot, bouncy bus ride through Delta's agricultural sprawl to the Topaz camp was a bit of a homecoming. As the school bus circled what remains of the mile-square internment camp, three generations of the Bay Area family peered out the window envisioning what this place was like for parents James and Mary, who were sent here with two of their children.
9066, the other WWII number which will live in infamy.
Presidential Executive Order 9066 signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 set in motion the ethnic cleansing and desert site imprisonment of the entire US Japanese-American population on the West Coast, more than 120,000 innocent men, women and children, US citizens and resident aliens alike, for the duration of WWII.
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.