By Yiqin Weng Northwest Asian Weekly Elsie Taniguchi, a 79-year-old Japanese American, describes herself as a volunteer. She has been the president of the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) for 17 years. Taniguchi and her colleagues in JACL are now focusing on a subcommittee called “Camp Harmony Committee” to tell the next generation […]
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Executive Director Priscilla Ouchida met with Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History John Gray to sign an agreement for JACL to collaborate with the Museum on a 2017 exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Signed by President Roosevelt in 1942, Executive Order 9066 led […]
Legislators commemorated the anniversary of Executive Order 9066 in Olympia which was acknowledged on Feb. 23. The order was a wartime measure that sent 120,000 Japanese-Americans to concentration camps. A Senate Resolution honoring what is now called the Day of Remembrance, was offered by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill. “My whole family was sent […]
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.
“Get rid of the drug addicts and panhandlers, and we will visit here more often,” said a white couple at the recent ID Summer Seafair Festival.
For Kimiko Mukai’s 90th birthday, she received an honorary degree. Mukai, a Japanese American who was a sophmore at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in 1942 (then called Seattle Pacific College), had to suddenly leave school due to an order issued by President Roosevelt. Her education was stopped due to Japanese American internment during WWII.
Many will say that we learn history so that we won’t repeat our missteps. It’s an easy statement to make but is hard to back up with action …