Japanese American

High School Students Write Oratorio About WWII Camps
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VAN NUYS — When a group of 85 choral students at Van Nuys High School began learning about the World War II Japanese American incarceration camps in September as part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Voices Within Oratorio Project, the topic was a historical look back. Following November’s election, with deportations and ethnic registries […]

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Angus Macbeth Dies at 74; Special Counsel to CWRIC
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WASHINGTON — The Japanese American Citizens League mourns the passing of Angus Macbeth, who served as special counsel to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) and headed its staff. Macbeth died on Jan. 22 at the age of 74. The CWRIC report, “Personal Justice Denied,” and its recommendations formed the basis […]

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JANM to Screen ‘East Side Sushi’
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“East Side Sushi,” written and directed by Anthony Lucero, will be screened Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum, First Street and Central Avenue in Little Tokyo. Shot in Oakland, the film follows Juana, a single, working-class Latina mother, as she discovers a passion for making sushi. […]

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2017 – Week 3 Results
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Nisei Athletic Union (NAU) Basketball Games played on January 22nd and 23rd Franklin Masters Pasadena Islanders (50) – K. Tashiro 12; W. Gin 8; R. Matsumoto 12pts, 7 reb; G. Iwamiya 14; J. Utsunomiya; S. Yoshimoto 4pts, 6 reb; J. Ozawa 5 reb. Giants (52) – B. Wong 7pts, 8 reb; J. Otsuki 2; K. […]

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JA Family Makes a Statement at L.A. Women’s March
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Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday morning for the Women’s March, held in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president the previous day. The march, held in conjunction with marches in Washington, D.C. and other cities across the country and around the world, included advocates […]

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An Artist’s View of a Changing Neighborhood
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By MATTHEW ORMSETH, Rafu Contributor When Nancy Uyemura looks out the window of her Arts District loft onto the street below, she sees nothing but change. The small galleries, bars and cafés of 30 years ago have been replaced by bistros that hawk artisanal sausage and black truffle ice cream. There are dogs now, parents […]

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‘Is History Repeating Itself?’
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By J.K. YAMAMOTO, Rafu Staff Writer “Don’t Normalize Hate” is the theme of a new public service announcement posted on YouTube to coincide with this week’s transition from President Obama to President Trump. The PSA — which Grammy-winning singer Katy Perry has shared with her 155.2 million followers on Twitter and Instagram — begins with these […]

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Taiko Concert at Bowers Museum
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SANTA ANA — A free taiko concert will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bowers Museum, 2002 Main St. in Santa Ana. Direct from Japan, taiko master Hiroyuki Hayashida and his group, Zipang, will perform with Taiko Center of Los Angeles, directed by Tom Kurai. The concert will also […]

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‘Dancing for the Dojo’ to Benefit Aikido Center
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“Dancing for the Dojo,” a benefit for the Furuya Foundation and the Aikido Center of Los Angeles, will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at Nishi Hongwanji Kaikan, 815 E. First St. in Little Tokyo. Doors open at 7 p.m. The dance, with live music performed by Kokoro, is from 8 to 11:30 p.m. The program […]

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‘Only What We Could Carry’ at Gilb Museum
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“Only What We Could Carry,” an exhibit remembering the Santa Anita Assembly Center 75 years later, will open Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage, 380 W. Huntington Dr. in Arcadia, and run through April 1. In 1942, thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry were forced into camps, in many cases for […]

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CAJLS to Hold Seminar for Teachers on Feb. 18
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NORWALK — The California Association of Japanese Language Schools (CAJLS) will conduct a workshop and seminar to improve and develop teaching skills for teachers of member schools on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Southeast Japanese School in Norwalk. The morning session will be presented by Dr. Akira Kugaya, psychiatrist, MD, […]

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Onodera, Inouye, Shiroma Named to State Posts
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SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Jan. 13 announced several appointments, including the following: • Jolie Onodera, 47, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy secretary of legislation at the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. She has been principal consultant for the California State Senate Committee on Appropriations since 2011, and was a research […]

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Comment Period for Tule Lake Plan Extended
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The National Park Service has announced the extension of the deadline for public comment on the Tule Lake Unit General Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. The previous published public comment deadline was Feb. 10. To allow additional time and opportunity for members of the public to comment on the plan, the NPS has extended the […]

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API Contingent to Join Women’s March
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A contingent of local Asian Pacific Islander activists will join Women’s March Los Angeles, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, at Pershing Square in Los Angeles. Participants will assemble at 9 a.m. and march at 10 a.m. The event, a response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, will coincide with marches in Washington, D.C. […]

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Yaki Reappointed to Civil Rights Commission
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SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Yaki of Michael Yaki consulting in San Francisco announced Jan. 18 that he has been appointed to a third six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “The good fight continues,” Yaki said in a Facebook post. First appointed to the commission in 2005 […]

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