Philly.com: Philly Garden to Honor Man Who Challenged Internment of Japanese Americans

Philly.com: Philly Garden to Honor Man Who Challenged Internment of Japanese Americans

A feeling of "peace and serenity" enveloped 6-year-old Kenneth Finkel that day in 1958 as he walked the grounds of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden with his father, whose thoughts likely were more complicated, he recalls.

The Washington Post: Asian Americans, growing in number, struggle to emerge from political shadows

The Washington Post: Asian Americans, growing in number, struggle to emerge from political shadows

By Pamela Constable

Sixteen Asian American men and women boarded a van in Springfield, Va., early one recent morning, armed with brochures and talking points. They were headed to Richmond for a day of lobbying, strategizing and mingling with state legislators and officials.

Khurshid Khoja on the Day of Remembrance

Here’s the audio clip and text of Khurshid Khoja’s moving speech on Feb. 21, at the Bay Area Day of Remembrance. Khurshid is an attorney at Reed, Smith LLP, and a board member of the Asian Law Caucus and Asian American Bar Association. Full text posted with permission from the author:

Judge Sonia Sotomayor on Korematsu

Gwen Muranaka writes yesterday on the Rafu Shimpo website about Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s response to a question by Senator Russ Feingold about the Korematsu case:

FDR Approves Internment of Japanese Americans 67 Years Ago Today

Sixty-seven years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, allowing the military to circumvent the constitutional safeguards of American citizens in the name of national defense.

Dale Minami: A Chance of a Lifetime

When our legal team stood in the courtroom of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on a rainy Nov. 10, 1983, to argue for the overturning of Fred Korematsu’s 40-year-old conviction for failure to obey the military orders directed at Japanese Americans in 1942, we knew that an extraordinary event would be unfolding before us.