Access to Immigration Records Face Huge Fee Increase

By Contributed | November 26, 2019

article by Grant Din, testimony by Jennie Lew U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently proposed a 492% increase in fees required to access historical records held by the USCIS Genealogy Program. Many of these records should already be publicly accessible. USCIS is essentially holding them hostage, demanding individuals pay exorbitant fees to access documents…

Tsuru for Solidarity Announces June 6, 2020 March in WDC

By Contributed | November 19, 2019

Japanese Americans from across the country will gather next spring in Washington,D.C. on June 5-7, 2020 for a “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps.” We plan to bring 125,000 paper cranes, or tsuru, as expressions of solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities that are under attack today. The 125,000 cranes represent the members of our…

Return to Crystal City – story & video

By Contributed | November 19, 2019

Story by Grace Morizawa and Video by Alan Kondo. On Sunday November 3 2019 the nearly 200 pilgrims who had attended the first official Crystal City pilgrimage, Hidden History–Justice Denied began returning home from the four-day pilgrimage. They had come from as far away points as Hawaii, Indiana, and Washington DC to renew friendships and…

Filmmaker Asiroh Cham

By Contributed | November 10, 2019

I can’t think of a more vibrant, engaging person than Asiroh Cham, a filmmaker who was trained at UCLA’s EthnoCommunications Program under the leadership of Prof. Robert Nakamura.  She has an inquisitive spirit, a staunch determination to tell the stories of the Cham people, and an irresistible charm that draws you in for an entrancing…

If Governments Won’t Make Peace, The People Will!

By Contributed | November 5, 2019

IF GOVERNMENTS WON’T MAKE PEACE, THE PEOPLE WILL! PEOPLE –TO-PEOPLE DIPLOMACY, APALA’S DELEGATION TO OKINAWA/TOKYO By Alex Hing This is a fairly lengthy article, so please take some time to join the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) journey to Okinawa and Tokyo and learn that it is the people who are making peace!                                                                                                                            …

Art during Incarceration: Chiura Obata at Topaz

By Contributed | November 2, 2019

“One Spot of Normalcy: Chiura Obata’s Art Schools”  by Rihoko Ueno, an archivist at the Archive of American Art in Washington, D.C.,  was posted on September 10, 2019 on the Archive’s blog. Her article brings attention to artistic work in the assembly centers and concentration camps that sprung up in 1942 to imprison 112,000 Japanese…

Leon Sun – New Works & Perspectives

By Contributed | October 22, 2019

Introduction – Artist and activist Leon Sun is a San Francisco artist with decades of experience as an organizer, an arts instructor, and exhibited artist. His works which include silkscreen prints, photographs, paintings and illustrations will be showcased in two San Francisco exhibitions in November 2019. The first exhibit begins as part of Open Studios…

APAture’s 20th

By Contributed | October 16, 2019

by Jade Verdeflor – Celebrating 20 years of APAture at Kearny Street Workshop “It was like someone had opened a window onto a landscape we’d never seen before, and the landscape was packed with AAPI artists to an extent we would have never believed,” shared Claire Light, regarding the opening night of the first ever…

Greta Thunberg’s UN speech Remixed

By Contributed | October 15, 2019

by Eddie Wong Greta Thunberg’s message at the United Nations Climate Action Summit on September 23, 2019 is one of the most striking speeches made this year by anyone, let alone a 16 year old student.  Her words are clear and fierce and her voice ripples with anger, frustration, determination and anguish. I could not…

Reflections/Refractions – The Music

By Contributed | October 12, 2019

by Eddie Wong Two musical performances served as bookends for the nine literary works (poems and stories) that were part of the “Reflections/Refractions – 10 works inspired by ‘At First Light’ program held on September 19, 2019 at the Japanese American National Museum. The opening work was Taiji Miyagawa’s solo bass composition “For Mrs. Itabashi.” …