By Assunta Ng Northwest Asian Weekly Tsuguo “Ike” Ikeda, a pioneer who opened doors to many—especially troubled youths—and broke down barriers for people of color, died on Dec. 2. Surrounded by his family, Ikeda died peacefully at the age of 91, according to his wife, Sumiko. Ikeda was the first Asian American executive director of […]
In recognition of Filipino American History Month, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), including U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono and Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (HI) and Mark Takai (HI), held a press conference announcing support for legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino Veterans of World War II. “Filipino World War II veterans served […]
By Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly Susumu Ito constantly carried three things with him during his tour of duty in World War II: a bible with a medal shield, his camera, and a Senninbari. The latter item is a Japanese strip of cloth decorated with 1,000 stitches which is made by women when men go […]
Last week, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced 21 grants totaling more than $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret the World War II confinement sites of Japanese Americans. More than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, were imprisoned by the U.S. government following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on […]
On Feb. 18, President Obama met with seven surviving Japanese American World War II veterans, all in their 90s, to thank them in person for their service.
By Matthew Pennington THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, renowned for her peaceful struggle against military rule, began a marathon tour of the United States on Monday, Sept. 17, the latest milestone in her remarkable journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman.
The Nisei Veterans Committee and the Japanese American community will gather to honor fallen veterans at the 67th Annual NVC Memorial Day Program at Lake View Cemetery on Capitol Hill. Michael Reagan, a combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, gave the keynote speech. Reagan is a portrait artist who has […]
On Jan. 14, more than 1,100 people came together to celebrate presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese American veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service (MIS) in Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest award that can be […]
HONOLULU (AP) — A date has been set for the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese American Veterans of World War II.
The Nisei Veterans Committee and the Japanese American community gathered to honor fallen heroes at the Annual NVC Memorial Day Program at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, as they always have since 1946. WWII veteran Sam Mitsui provided the keynote address.