Empire Electric by No-No Boy – Letting Go and Coming Back

By Peter Horikoshi. Posted February 7, 2024. Empire Electric, the latest and third album from the group No-No Boy, is different from their first two albums, 1942, about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and 1975, about the exodus of Vietnamese from their home country when the US withdrew all of their troops. Musically,…

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Nisei Legacy Tour 2023: A Journey of Remembrance

By Eddie Wong. Posted October 27, 2023. My wife, Donna Kotake, had wanted to visit Bruyères, France where her father, Kingo Kotake, fought during WWII with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team for quite some time. The Nisei soldiers fought hard for one month in the steep, rain-soaked hills of the Vosges Mountains to open a…

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Life of A Yellow Pearl: Reflections with Nobuko Miyamoto

by Diana Tsuchida. Posted July 20, 2023 Nobuko Miyamoto, a force of activism, creativity and intersectional solidarity, has been one of the community’s great thought leaders and advocates for independent storytelling for more than 50 years. With childhood aspirations to study ballet and dance, Nobuko’s passion for the arts was supported by her parents, which…

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“Celebrating Activism and Community,” Is Theme of 50-Year CANE Anniversary on Aug. 19 – ANTI-EVICTION PROTESTS BY JAPANTOWN ACTIVISTS AND RESIDENTS TO BE COMMEMORATED

By June Hibino. Posted July 18, 2023. In 1975 and 1976 in San Francisco, members of the Committee Against Nihonmachi Eviction (CANE) – tired of seeing residents and small businesses being ignored and disrespected by the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) – staged sit-ins at the Mayor’s office and at the RDA office in the Western Addition.…

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The Real Americans of World War II: Friends of the American Way

By Susie Ling. Posted June 1, 2023. “In the 1960’s at McKinley Junior High, kids would start fights with me because of what my father and my grandfather were doing,” said Christopher Carr. “When I became an officer for the Pasadena Police Department in the 1970s, Japanese Americans would stare at my name tag. When…

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Seeing Ourselves at the Intersections: Interconnected Histories, Culture, and Art at the Cheech and Riverside Art Museum

by Celia Viramontes. Posted April 25, 2023. “[The] Japanese Mexican experience…there is very little documentation, there is very little record, and it’s not part of the national history so it’s hard for us to engage with these kinds of histories.” ”[i] Fig. 1. Photo: Kingo Nonaka, Tijuana 1933. (Courtesy of Nonaka Family Archive) The black and…

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