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.
October 9, 1987
I read with fascination and sympathy Betty Cuniberti's article on the Japanese internment camps ("Internment: Personal Voices, Powerful Choices," Oct. 4). The mental and physical cruelties perpetrated on these citizens were not worthy of a great democracy. In some respects, they are reminiscent of some of the cruelties perpetrated by our enemies of that time. After all, these people came to our shores for freedom and were learning the principles of democracy. The article reminds me of my own past.
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.
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.
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.
December 22, 1990 |
Film director Alan Parker is no stranger to controversy. His 1978 "Midnight Express," based on a true story about an American drug smuggler's experiences in a Turkish prison, offended almost everyone in Turkey. His 1987 "Angel Heart" got caught up in a ratings controversy over a graphic, interracial love scene between Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet. And his 1988 "Mississippi Burning," loosely based on the Ku Klux Klan killings of three civil-rights workers in the South in the 1960s, created a firestorm of protestations that his depiction of heroic white FBI agents didn't square with the FBI's real role in that case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2010 |
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.