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February 21, 2013 | Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
George Aratani, a Los Angeles businessman who donated millions of dollars to Japanese American causes, and with his wife endowed the nation's first academic chair to study the World War II internment of people of Japanese descent and their efforts to gain redress, has died. He was 95. An entrepreneur who founded the Mikasa china and Kenwood electronics firms, Aratani died Tuesday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center of complications of pneumonia, his daughter Linda Aratani said. He had lived at the Keiro nursing facility in Lincoln Heights since last summer.
July 5, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Togo W. Tanaka, a former journalist and businessman whose reports on life inside the Manzanar internment camp illuminated divisions in the Japanese American community after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the tensions that eventually erupted in riots at the World War II-era detention center, has died. He was 93. Tanaka died of natural causes May 21 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to his daughter, Christine.
December 1, 2011 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
When Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan set out to make vampires frightening again with their novel "The Strain," the writing partners had their work cut out for them. The scariest thing about the sexy, brooding bad boys that seemed to be everywhere in pop culture was just how much of their initial bite they'd lost. Under the right circumstances, you could even take one home to meet Mom. Del Toro and Hogan had a noble aim, and they certainly put their hearts into the endeavor. In "The Strain," the calculating monster known only as the Master embarks on the first phase of his plan to subjugate humanity, stowing away on a plane bound for JFK and infecting the passengers with a virus that turns them into mindless, hairless, crimson-eyed minions who feast on blood through fleshy stingers in their throats.
June 12, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Harvey Itano, whose studies on sickle cell disease marked the first time that a disease had been linked to a specific molecular defect and who later became the first Japanese American elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, died May 8 in La Jolla. He was 89 and had Parkinson's disease. Itano was a senior at UC Berkeley when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor; in early 1942, he and his family were sent to the Tule Lake internment camp in Northern California, a reaction to the fear following the sneak attack that prompted the United States to enter World War II. He was unable to attend his graduation that summer but his grades made him class valedictorian, and then- UC President Robert Gordon Sproul personally awarded him the medal honoring his achievement.
September 27, 1987
Shumway complains that the "newly refined thinking to prior actions vis-a-vis the Japanese-American internment and compensation to internees could rekindle prejudices." The internment of Japanese-Americans cannot and should not be compared to "arrestees, pre-Miranda or schoolchildren (separate but equal) before Brown vs. Board of Education. As a patriot and citizen had Shumway been denied his rights under the Constitution and been ousted from his home and placed in an internment camp to be housed in a horse stall, would he have volunteered his services into the U.S. Armed Forces while his parents and family were still incarcerated behind barbed wire fences?
March 6, 1999
I am shocked that Kevin Thomas chose to end his review of "Rabbit on the Moon" by implying that Japanese American internees should be grateful to the U.S. government for suspending their constitutional rights ("An In-Depth Look at War Internment," Feb. 26). Not only is his comment that "the [internment] camps may have saved some [Japanese Americans] from lynch mobs" unwarranted, it also reeks of the illogic used by apologists for American slavery and the Holocaust. If the majority of society harbors hatred and ill will against a small minority, the problem rests with society and not with the scapegoat.
May 30, 2009
Re "Justice with empathy," Opinion, May 24 Missing from the list of personal influences that may have led to Chief Justice Earl Warren's "liberal" (or, more accurately, "liberating") judicial temperament was, perhaps, the most important pillar of any institution's sound and mature judgment: the ability to learn from one's mistakes. As California's attorney general in early 1942, Warren strongly supported the illegal internment of the state's Japanese Americans, a racially motivated, morally bankrupt, fear-mongering assault on the American concept of justice if ever there was one. Later, his regret for his part in supporting such an abuse of power arguably had a huge influence on his judicial character and his precedent-setting leadership in the protection of civil liberties as chief justice.
May 22, 2008 | Mike Boehm
A new installation at the Japanese American National Museum in L.A. will be dedicated May 31 as a permanent complement to the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in Washington. The East Coast monument was erected in 2000 to honor Japanese Americans who fought for their country during World War II -- and to commemorate the forced internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during the war. The L.A. memorial consists of a donor wall of glass, steel and concrete, by Fresno designer Sidney Mukai, recognizing those who helped finance the East Coast memorial.
March 1, 1987
Recently I returned with 64 others from "Jack Chapman's Sentimental Journey to the Philippines," notice of which appeared in your Briefs column several months ago. I was born there, brought up in Manila, married, had two children and spent 37 months in a Japanese internment camp. Jack, in connection with Bur-Cal Travel in Burbank, planned a wonderful tour. Laughter and tears accompanied us as we visited the University of Santo Tomas where we spent those 37 months; the beautiful military cemetery.
January 23, 1991
The reports of FBI "interviews" of Arab-Americans bode ill for all of us. Unfortunately, governmental activity concerned with the Arab-American community has not been limited to this intimidation tactic. For four years the Immigration and Naturalization Service has been trying to deport several Palestinian peace activists despite the government's acknowledgment that the immigrants have never committed any criminal act. Proceedings are expected to recommence after March 1. Still more chilling is the government's plan, uncovered in the deportation case, to engage in mass roundups, internment and deportations of Arab immigrants "based solely on nationality."
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