February 16, 1992 |
Sadayashi (George) Fujii, 76, of Garden Grove is a retired businessman. He was interned at Poston, Ariz. Fujii, born in Seattle, was sent by his parents to Japan at age 9 for his education, an experience that created a strong sense of Japanese nationalistic pride. That kibei (American-born but Japanese-educated) pride often clashed with Nisei (second-generation Japanese-American) beliefs. While other Japanese-Americans pushed loyalty to America, Fujii rode a cultural tightrope.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1992
This letter is in reply to the three-page spread in the Feb. 16 issue of The Times concerning the internment and relocation of Japanese after Pearl Harbor. No one under the age of 60 can understand the tremendous dislike of the entire American population for the Japanese people whose envoys were in Washington declaring their wishes for peace on the weekend of Dec. 7, 1941, while their war planes were bombing Pearl Harbor and killing hundreds of our young men without a chance to defend themselves.
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.
August 19, 2001
Thanks to Teresa Watanabe for her excellent story, "Churches Relive a Victory Over Hate" (Aug. 13), about the enduring friendship between the members of two churches in Hollywood, one a Japanese congregation, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The career of Dr. James Yamazaki, the special speaker for the moving joint service, is every bit as incredible as the story of the friendship between these two congregations. I first met Yamazaki in 1951, when I came to Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles as an intern; he was on the staff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2008 |
Siegmund Nissel, 86, a violinist who fled his native Germany as a child to escape Nazi persecution of Jews and later helped found the Amadeus String Quartet, died Wednesday at his home in London, his daughter Claire Nissel said. She didn't disclose a cause of death. Nissel, violinist Norbert Brainin and violist Peter Schildof escaped from the Nazis and formed a deep, enduring friendship when they were in an internment camp on the Isle of Man in Britain during World War II. The fourth was British cellist Martin Lovett.
November 7, 1993
Re "Graduating With Honor After 50 Years," Oct. 17: Nowhere is the $20,000 entitlement for "human suffering" mentioned. Every Nisei pictured in the (Roosevelt High School reunion) photo (probably) has accepted "for human suffering," $20,000 each, and tax free. So generous is our Uncle Sam, made so by an unearned guilt trip, that our Congress and media have supported the greatest swindle in U.S. history. Under the Japanese-American Student Relocation Program, 4,300 people of Japanese descent were assisted in entering colleges and universities, all of which accepted high school graduation credentials, whether from relocation centers or internment camps.
June 29, 2004 |
An internment camp survivor, former American prisoners of war, 175 members of the British Parliament and a group of Hungarian Jews were among those celebrating the Supreme Court's decision on enemy combatants Monday. They were among about 20 individuals and interest groups who had filed amicus curiae briefs in support of detainees held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
April 17, 2008
Re "Guantanamo closure not an easy prospect," April 14 Having just watched the better part of the "John Adams" series on HBO, and having a basic knowledge of the Constitution, it seems to me unlikely that our founding fathers would have stood behind the Bush administration's assumption that offshore detentions at Guantanamo can be justified without sufficient evidence to bring charges. At some point, our detention policies will become too much for the American public and judiciary to stomach.