Japanese American Fred Korematsu (1919–2005), a Nisei, made American legal history in 1942. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, he fought against his government-mandated internment in a camp.
President Obama announced on Nov. 16 that Minoru “Min” Yasui will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Minoru Yasui was a civil and human rights activist best known for his U.S. Supreme Court Case questioning the constitutionality of curfews imposed on Japanese American citizens during World War II. Cases […]
By Maria Batayola and Gary Iwamoto Northwest Asian Weekly We always wanted to have heroes and she-roes who look like us to be inspiration not only for us but also for our children. We have them all around us, sometimes invisible, sometimes forgotten. Here is one American hero and patriot who made a tremendous difference […]
By Laura Ohata Northwest Asian Weekly Homecoming for a Civil Rights icon Gordon Hirabayashi Imagine that it is April in 1942, and the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor only four months ago. You
Joel de la Fuente stars in Jeanne Sakata’s one-man show, “Hold These Truths,” inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi as he fought the U.S. government’s forcible and unconstitutional removal and incarceration of all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast during World War II.
By Audrey McAvoy Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii last month that the nation’s highest court was wrong to uphold the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, but he wouldn’t be surprised if the court issued a similar ruling during […]
By Sue Misao NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Gordon Hirabayashi’s heroic journey began at the University of Washington, where he was
By Sue Misao Northwest Asian Weekly About 150 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hirabayashi Place, a new housing
By Staff Northwest Asian Weekly Breaking the Silence, a play about the Japanese American experience in the United States over three generations,