September 21, 1997 |
During World War II, Alice Nishimoto and her family were forced from their home in Peru and herded into an American internment camp with thousands of other Japanese. After the war, no one wanted them. In Japan, they were considered American traitors. In the United States, they were illegal immigrants. Peru turned them away. Half a century later, they feel that the U.S. government owes them--and about 300 other Japanese from Latin America--an apology and $20,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2011 |
Hisaye Yamamoto, one of the first Asian American writers to earn literary distinction after World War II with highly polished short stories that illuminated a world circumscribed by culture and brutal strokes of history, has died. She was 89. Yamamoto had been in poor health since a stroke last year and died in her sleep Jan. 30 at her home in northeast Los Angeles, said her daughter, Kibo Knight. Often compared to such short-story masters as Katherine Mansfield, Flannery O'Connor and Grace Paley, Yamamoto concentrated her imagination on the issei and nisei, the first- and second-generation Japanese Americans who were targets of the public hysteria unleashed after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2009 |
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.
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."