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.
Last year was a banner year for Asian and Asian Americans, who pushed forth advancements in technology, science, art, academia, and politics. One even went to space.
Here are our top 10 events of note:
11. Two spelling bee champs tie
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 […]
The California State Senate voted 38-0 to pass SJR 12, a Joint Resolution supporting nominating Mitsuye Endo for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The resolution will now go to the California State Assembly where it has been co-sponsored by nine State Assembly Members. A vote is expected in August. Endo was one of four plaintiffs […]
By Sue Misao NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Gordon Hirabayashi’s heroic journey began at the University of Washington, where he was
By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Each year, certain people are recognized for their accomplishments in the Asian American communities. There were many incredible feats this year, so we grouped them into 10 accomplishments.
President Barack Obama named the late Sen. Daniel Inouye one of sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Aug. 8. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, […]