By James Tabafunda Northwest Asian Weekly Tomodachi is a Japanese word meaning friend. “Star Trek” actor and gay rights advocate George Takei is the newest friend of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW). The organization named him as its 2015 Tomodachi Award winner at the Seventh Annual Tomodachi Luncheon on March 27. […]
President Obama meets Japanese American World War II veterans
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.
“Nikkei Heroes” series will screen two WWII films
Two films will be shown for the series “Nikkei Heroes” at the Nagomi Tea House, 519 Sixth Ave. S., in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District.
President Obama awards former Sen. Daniel Inouye Presidential Medal of Freedom
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, […]
Seattle Nisei veterans honored on Memorial Day
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 […]
Japanese American veterans honored in Seattle with Congressional Gold Medal
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 […]
Dentist from Alaska helps honor Nisei soldiers
By Mary Beth Smetzer Fairbanks Daily News-Miner FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Dec. 7, 1941, Brian Yamamoto’s father, Edward, was attending the University of Southern California on a baseball scholarship.
Top 10 local API community achievements
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly You don’t have to look farther than your own neighborhood or city to see amazing things happening for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Here is a list of people who are working hard or who have worked hard (or both!) to make our immediate world a better place. <!–more–> […]
Washington’s WWII Nisei veterans receive nation’s highest civilian honor
On Nov. 2, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined in honoring 33 World War II Japanese American veterans from Washington state with the highest civilian award in the United States.
J-Am WWII vets to get medal in November
HONOLULU (AP) — A date has been set for the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese American Veterans of World War II.