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'Barbed Wire Baseball' brings the story of Kenichi Zenimura to life
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“Barbed Wire Baseball” is an informative and imaginative retelling of the true story of Kenichi “Zeni” Zenimura (1900-68), the father of Japanese-American baseball. Barbed Wire Baseball, by Marissa Moss, Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. 48 pages. HARRY N. No tags for this post.

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Tommy Kono, Japanese-American weightlifting legend, dies at 85
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The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Tommy Kono, who took up weightlifting in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans and went on to win two Olympic gold medals for the United States, has died. He was 85. Kono died Sunday in Honolulu, the … No tags for this post.

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Greatest Olympic lifter found strength in York
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The greatest weightlifter of them all remembers Tule Lake. It was considered the worst of 10 Japanese-American internment camps. And it was his home from 1942-45. “Being herded together,” Kono said from his home in Hawaii, “and living in a place like … No tags for this post.

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Phipps family's artistry on view at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
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His influences include fine English and early-American furniture and the designs of the late Japanese-American furniture artist George Nakashima. “To me, it's all about the wood,” he said. “I like the piece to have presence.” The wood obviously spoke … No tags for this post.

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Deadline looms for one of the last English-Japanese daily newspapers in US
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For 113 years, the Rafu Shimpo newspaper has chronicled the story of the Japanese American community in Southern California. It survived World War II, when writers and editors were shipped off to internment camps. Before leaving, they hid the paper's … No tags for this post.

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Museum to participate in youth summit
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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will participate in the “National Youth Summit on Japanese American Incarceration in World War II” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 17 in the museum theater. The event is free and open to the public. It is an outreach … No tags for this post.

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Olympic Medalist Tommy Kono Dies at 85
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Tommy Kono at the 2012 exhibition “Pride of Hawaii: Japanese American Amateur Athletes” at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Honolulu. (JCCH). HONOLULU — Tommy Tamio Kono, who won three Olympic medals in weightlifting and became … No tags for this post.

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'Buena Vista: Haven in the Desert' Exhibit Covers 118 Years of Alameda History
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In 1942, as the U.S. went to war with Japan, the Japanese American community faced forced evacuation and incarceration. Buena Vista United Methodist Church was a center of faith for these Japanese American members, the site of a last service, and a … No tags for this post.

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Artifacts of Japanese internment tell stories we must not forget
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The entire collection of 450 items was acquired by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Now, the stories embedded in the artifacts are emerging. Their relevance for today is clear, says Greg Kimura, the museum president. “In times of … No tags for this post.

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A photo captures Japanese American wartime confinement
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Robert Kaneko was interned with his family at Tule Lake during World War II. Years later, a photo was found of him as a child, one of very few he has from those years in his life. Media: Kathleen Duncan. While a government photograph of a sweet-faced … No tags for this post.

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Datebook: A key LA painter celebrates 90 years, Joan Snyder's first LA show …
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“Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920-1940,” at the Japanese American National Museum. In the early 20th century, groups of Japanese American photographers all along the Pacific coastline launched photography clubs, through which … No tags for this post.

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Tommy Kono, Weight-Lifting Champion Raised in Internment Camp, Dies at 85
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Tommy Kono, who learned weight lifting as a frail youngster in a Japanese-American detention camp during World War II and went on to be recognized as one of the greatest lifters of all time, winning two Olympic gold medals and holding numerous records, … No tags for this post.

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First Impressions: Binchoyaki turns up heat on local Japanese cuisine
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“I grew up with a lot of Japanese American friends, and I still have quite a few friends here in town,” Takehara said. Those friends bring their children and parents with them to dine at Binchoyaki. The new restaurant sits across 10th Street from … No tags for this post.

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Troubles, tensions for Japanese American internees in WWII
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Those soldiers' “hatred of the 'Japs' was all too evident,” Sandra Taylor writes in “Jewel of the Desert: Japanese American Internment at Topaz.” In 1943, a 63-year-old internee, Hatsuaki Wasaka, was shot and killed by a guard when he got near the … No tags for this post.

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11 Awesome Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, 4/29
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Her precise grids, luminous pastels, and floating geometric forms suggest peaceful places, not unlike the solitary New Mexico studio in which she painted. The exhibition surveys the influence of the reclusive Martin, whose work countered the machismo … No tags for this post.

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