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  • 18 May 2016 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obits Sun Mar 20, 2016.pdf

    1.          

    Mary M. Abe

    W of C

    MN

    2.          

    George Masayuki Akasaki

    K VN

    HI

    3.          

    May Y. Fujino

    W of U

    CA

    4.          

    Sadako Hasegawa

    W of C

    CO

    5.          

    Donald Tamio Hiroshige

    K

    HI

    6.          

    Osamu Kakudo

    K

    CA

    7.          

    Isamu Kaneshige

    U

    HI

    8.          

    James Tetsuo “Jimmy” Kawasaki

    K

    HI

    9.          

    Takeshi Korenaga

    B

    HI

    10.        

    Doris Kumashiro

    W of B H

    CA

    11.        

    Barbara Fujie Murakami

    W of B

    HI

    12.        

    William Masanobu Nagafuchi

    K

    HI

    13.        

    Hiroshi Fred Nakamura

    VN

    CA

    14.        

    Chisato "Joanne" Nishi

    W of U

    CA

    15.        

    Betty Yaemi Kobayashi Oka

    W of U

    CA

    16.        

    Mitsuru "Kam" Owara

    K

    HI

    17.        

    AMY OZAKI

    W of K

    TX

    18.        

    Fujio Shibano

    C

    HI

    19.        

    Masaki Takemori

    K

    CA

    20.        

    Misae U. Taketa

    W of C

    CA

    21.        

    Willie R. Tanamachi

    B

    TX

    22.        

    Richard Masashi Tani

    K

    HI

    23.        

    Michiko Miyazawa Telford

    Not

    FL

    24.        

    Osami Sam Watanabe

    K

    CA

    25.        

    Frank Iwao Yamamoto

    B

    HI

    26.        

    Yoshimi Yamamoto

    A

    HI

     

  • 18 May 2016 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obits Sun Mar 13, 2016.pdf

    1.     

    Oscar Koji Asahina

    U

    HI

    2.     

    Ruby A. Endo (nee Beaver)

    W of C

    OH

    3.     

    Tomiko Azeka DOMOTO

    W of U

    CA

    4.     

    Kiichi Fukuchi

    B

    HI

    5.     

    Paul Atsushi Hamasaka

    U

    CA

    6.     

    Mitsuo Peter Henmi

    K

    CA

    7.     

    Maureen Suemi Higuchi

    W of U

    HI

    8.     

    Kiyoko Hiramatsu

    W of B

    CA

    9.     

    Edward Hiramoto

    K

    CA

    10. 

    Ruth T. Ikeda

    W of U

    CA

    11. 

    Shigeo “Shige” Ito

    U

    HI

    12. 

    Ruth Kawaguchi

    W of B

    CA

    13. 

    George H. Kitagawa

    U

    CA

    14. 

    Frank Hiroshi Koshimizu

    K

    CA

    15. 

    Yoichi “Leo” Matsuyama

    K

    HI

    16. 

    George "Genichi" Matsuyoshi

    K

    AZ

    17. 

    Lilly Motoyama

    W of U

    CA

    18. 

    Akiko Aki Nagashima

    W of B

    CA

    19. 

    Jean Sakiko Nagata

    W of C

    CA

    20. 

    Ben Shoji Nakahara

    K

    CA

    21. 

    Roy Ryoichi “Toto” Okada

    VN

    HI

    22. 

    Alvin Hisashi Ozaki

    VN

    HI

    23. 

    Yasuo "George" Sasaki

    U

    CA

    24. 

    Arimichi “Ari” Sato

    K

    HI

    25. 

    Mae (Masue) Stute

    Not

    MN

    26. 

    Frank Suzawa

    U

    CA

    27. 

    Toshio Taba

    C--K

    HI

    28. 

    Robert Shusaku Taira

    U

    HI

    29. 

    Misae U. Taketa

    W of C

    CA

    30. 

    Frank Goyei Tamaye

    K

    HI

    31. 

    Edith G. Tanimoto

    W of U

    HI

    32. 

    Roy Hiroshi Uno

    C

    CA

    33. 

    May Mitsuko Yamaguchi

    K

    HI

    34. 

    Allen Kazuo Yamanoha

    K

    HI

    35. 

    John Y. Yogi

    VN

    TX

    36. 

    Sanaye "Sunny" YOKOTA

    W of U

    CA

    37. 

    Harold Hiroshi Yoshida

    K

    HI

     

  • 13 Apr 2016 12:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the presentation of the Resolution in the Maryland House of Delegates chamber on April 1, 2016, JAVA representatives were invited across the hall to the Maryland Senate Chamber of the State House.  It was said this is the first time an Asian Pacific American military unit was honored in this history-laden chamber.   Senator Thomas Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Senate welcomed the JAVA delegation and Senator James Rosapepe, spoke about the Nisei experience during WW II.  This was followed by the presentation of the Resolution to Dr. Ray Murakami and Terry Shima.  On the invitation of President Miller to speak,  Shima addressed the Maryland Senate   He told the 47 senators,    

    “On behalf of 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, the 110,000 persons of Japanese Ancestry who were confined in internment camps for the duration of WWII, the 800 we left on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific, and the Japanese American Veterans Association, I wish to thank the State of Maryland for this extraordinary recognition.   It is a great honor to receive this Resolution in the Senate Chamber that served as the US Congress from November 1783 – August 1784, where General George Washington resigned his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783, and where the US Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784 that officially ended  the Revolutionary War thus making Annapolis the first peace time capital of America.  

    We are proud to be contributing citizens to the Greatness of Maryland and America. God Bless Maryland and the USA.”

    JAVA Vice President LTC Mark Nakagawa, USA (Ret) presented inscribed JAVA coins to Senate President Miller and Senator Rosapepe.  Nakagawa said the significance of the recognition in the State House is that it linked the Nisei patriots to the patriots who saved America during the Revolutionary War.    Standing, front row, L-R:  Senator Rosapepe, Shima, Murakami, Nakagawa, Senator Douglas Peters, Chair of the Senate Democratic Party Caucus.  Rear: seated is _____________ and standing to her left is Senate President Miller.  Photo  from Nakagawa.

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  • 12 Apr 2016 10:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obits Sun Feb 28, 2016.pdf

    1.     

    Roy Hachiro Aoki

    VN

    HI

    2.     

    Sally Satomi Enomoto

    W of U

    HI

    3.     

    Kiichi “Fred” Fukuchi

    B

    HI

    4.     

    Donald Takuji Hidani

    H

    HI

    5.     

    LtCol Hanako "Hana" Higa

    K VN

    HI

    6.     

    Yoshio Higa

    K

    CA

    7.     

    Kurt H. Hiroshima

    U

    WA

    8.     

    Osamu "Ozzie" Imayanagita

    U

    CA

    9.     

    Alex Takeo Inouye

    H

    HI

    10. 

    Dale Ishida

    S of VN

    CO

    11. 

    George Saburo Kajiwara

    A B

    OR

    12. 

    Lily R. (Sakurai) Kajiwara

    W of A B

    OR

    13. 

    Carol Takae Kamikawa

    W of VN

    HI

    14. 

    Mamoru Katsura

    U

    HI

    15. 

    Paul Takao Kawaguchi

    VN

    CA

    16. 

    Shigeo “Doc” Kawamoto

    B

    HI

    17. 

    Ralph Hiroshi Kono

    K

    HI

    18. 

    Sadayo Kumagai

    W of C

    CA

    19. 

    Alice Fujiko Nagahisa-Maeda

    W of U

    HI

    20. 

    Mae Masuda

    W of U

    CA

     

  • 12 Apr 2016 10:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obits Sun Feb 21, 2016.pdf

    1.     

    Hiroto Aaron Arai

    U

    CA

    2.     

    Pearl E. Babiarz

    W of C

    NY

    3.     

    Warren M. Doi

    VN

    HI

    4.     

    Nobuichi Fujita

    U

    WA

    5.     

    James Mitsuo Furukawa

    C

    MD

    6.     

    Florence M. Fushimi

    W of B

    ID

    7.     

    George Yoshiharu “Big Feet” Ginoza

    VN

    HI

    8.     

    James Sei Hamana

    K

    HI

    9.     

    Kenjiro Hayakawa

    U

    CA

    10. 

    Edward M. Hiramoto

    K

    CA

    11. 

    Ben Tsutomu Kawaguchi

    K

    CA

    12. 

    Howard Fusao Kawaguchi

    B

    HI

    13. 

    Paul Kawaguchi

    VN

    CA

    14. 

    Robert Norihide Kinoshita

    K

    HI

    15. 

    Betty Maura Matsu

    W of B

    HI

    16. 

    Walter Kakuro Matsumura

    VN

    CA

    17. 

    Seiyei Miyasato

    H

    HI

    18. 

    Leslie M. Nishimura

    VN

    HI

    19. 

    Iwawo “Iwao” Okazaki

    K

    HI

    20. 

    Thomas Shigeru “Shige” Okoji

    K

    HI

     

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  • 12 Apr 2016 10:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obits Sun Feb 14.pdf

    1.      

    Hiroto Aaron Arai

    U

    CA

    2.      

    Jerry Enomoto

    C

    CA

    3.      

    Larry Sakae Gima

    B

    CA

    4.      

    Kenjiro Hayakawa

    U

    CA

    5.      

    Violet Harue Higa

    W of K

    HI

    6.      

    Ben Yoshio Hiraga

    B

    CA

    7.      

    James Rikyo Hosaki

    K

    CA

    8.      

    Betty Yaeko Shimogawa Ihara

    W of U

    HI

    9.      

    Takashi Ishihara

    C

    HI

    10.   

    Roy Kaita

    U

    CA

    11.   

    Kazuo Kato

    U

    CA

    12.   

    Rev. Peter T. Koshi

    U

    WA

    13.   

    Kenji William Kunitomo

    K

    HI

    14.   

    Kenneth Kikuo Kurokawa

    VN

    HI

    15.   

    Tamio Tom Matsumoto

    C

    CA

    16.   

    Christopher K. Miura

    K

    HI

     

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  • 20 Mar 2016 6:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obits Sun Feb 7, 2016.pdf

    1.     

    Thomas Kazuo Fujiwara

    C

    HI

    2.     

    Harry Katsuharu Fukuhara

    C

    HI

    3.     

    Joseph Hubert

    C

    FL

    4.     

    Mitsuye Inouye

    W of ?

    HI

    5.     

    Noburo Kaku

    U

    CA

    6.     

    Kenneth Kazuichi Kubo

    K

    HI

    7.     

    Bette Chiyoko Kurokawa

    W of C

    CA

    8.     

    Dennis M. Kuwabara

    VN

    HI

    9.     

    Robert J. Maeda

    K

    MA

    10. 

    Yusei Matsui

    U

    HI

    11. 

    Masahiro “Monty” Minei

    U

    HI

    12. 

    Tsutomu “Nick” Nekoba

    U

    HI

    13. 

    Hiroshi Noda

    U

    UT

    14. 

    Million Okazaki

    U

    WA

    15. 

    Muneo Michael Okusa

    C

    VA

    16. 

    Irving Susumu Satoshige

    K

    HI

    17. 

    Satoshi Saneto

    K

    CA

    18. 

    Craig Masami Shiira

    VN

    HI

    19. 

    Samuel Hideo Shinozaki

    K

    WA

    20. 

    Kichiro Sumida

    K

    HI

    21. 

    George Takayama

    U

    NJ

    22. 

    Yoshio "Butch" Terazawa

    K

    CA

    23. 

    Kenneth Kaname Tomita

    U

    HI

    24. 

    Mark Izumi Yanagida

    VN

    HI

    25. 

    Minoru “Yoshi” Yoshida

    K

    HI

     

  • 24 Feb 2016 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ouchida family at the Nyssa, Oregon farm labor camp, pictured clockwise from the lower left: Jack, Shizuko, Henry, Thomas, Kiuda, Shizuyo, Mary, and Rosie. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-073354-D. 

    PORTLAND, OR –December 1, 2016 – The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is proud to host Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II. This nationally acclaimed traveling exhibit by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission will be on display from February 11th to June 19th. This is your only chance to see "Uprooted" here in Portland before it heads this summer to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

    During a period of extreme paranoia and heightened racism following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese warplanes, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. It authorized the forced removal and incarceration of more than 120,000 U.S. residents of Japanese ancestry (Nikkei)--nearly two-thirds U.S. citizens--from the West Coast to concentration camps. Between 1942 and 1944, some 33,000 individual contracts were issued for seasonal farm labor, with many incarcerated Japanese Americans working in the sugar beet industry. This exhibit introduces their story.

    Uprooted features a selection of photographs from Russell Lee’s documentation of Japanese American farm labor camps near the towns of Nyssa, Oregon and Rupert, Shelley, and Twin Falls, Idaho. This is the first time many of these images have been exhibited. As a photographer for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), Lee captured nearly six hundred images of the Nikkei wartime experience. From 1935 to 1944, the FSA’s documentary photography program produced approximately 175,000 black-and-white film negatives and 1,600 color images.

    Visitors will learn about Japanese American farm labor camps through Lee’s photographs, interpretative text panels, and a short documentary film featuring firsthand accounts about life in the camps. The exhibit’s website – www.uprootedexhibit.com - includes additional photographs, historic documents, video clips and transcripts from oral history interviews, and lesson plans. 

    This exhibit was supported by grants from the National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Preservation Program; the Idaho Humanities Council, a State-based Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation; the Malheur County Cultural Trust; and the Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust.

    For more information on this project please contact the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission. For questions regarding the JACS grant program, please contact Kara Miyagishima, Program Manager, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, NPS, at 303-969-2885.

    OCHC MEDIA CONTACT:

    David Milholland

    OCHC President

    503.285.8279

    encanto@ochcom.org

    uprootedexhibit@gmail.com

     

    RELATED PROGRAMMING:

    Lecture: “The Camp Without a Fence”: Nikkei Farm Laborers in Malheur County During World War II

    Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 | 2:00 PM

    Epworth Methodist Church

    1333 SE 28th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

    Please join us for this free lecture on our latest exhibit, Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II, on view at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Morgen Young, consulting historian and project director of Uprooted, will provide insight on the Nikkei that volunteered to harvest sugar beets in Eastern Oregon and the photographer, Russell Lee, who was hired by the Farm Security Administration to document them. This lecture will also include special guests who will speak about their experience of being incarcerated at what became known as “The Camp Without a Fence.”

    ABOUT THE OREGON NIKKEI ENDOWMENT:

    The mission of the Oregon Nikkei Endowment is to preserve and honor the history and culture of Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest, to educate the public about the Japanese American experience during World War II, and to advocate for the protection of civil rights for all Americans. Our two projects include the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Waterfront Park, designed by landscape architect Robert Murase, and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, a place to explore the culture and history of Japanese Americans, located in Portland’s historic Old Town neighborhood.

    To see the exhibit on the web, visit here.

    To visit the Oregon Nikkei Endowment and all of its exhibits, please visit here.

     

     
  • 18 Feb 2016 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. Its mission is to explore the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It seeks to welcome and inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity in American life. Guided by our respective memories and experiences, together we aim to build a society in which all of us can feel at home.

    Recently, NPR had a great story on Manzanar and an Art Exhibit showcasing the efforts to document the experience.

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    After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the U.S. War Relocation Authority made a decision it would soon regret. It hired famed photographer Dorothea Lange to take pictures as 110,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were removed from their homes on the West Coast and interned at remote military-style camps throughout the interior.

    The agency had hoped Lange's photos would depict the process as orderly and humane.

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    A newsstand in Oakland, Calif., in February, 1942. Dorothea Lange/Courtesy Library of Congress

    But the hundreds of photos that Lange turned over did the opposite. She considered internment a grave injustice, and her photos depict it that way. She captured the confused and chaotic scenes of Japanese-Americans crowding onto buses and trains, the stressed and confused looks on their faces, their shuttered businesses, the threadbare barracks that would become their homes for months or years.

    Instead of allowing Lange to publish her photos, the government seized them.

    Now, some of them are on display at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, through Feb. 21. They are part of an exhibit that tells the story of Japanese internment through the pictures of three photographers: Lange; the equally renowned landscape photographer Ansel Adams, whose photos from California's Manzanar internment camp anchor the exhibit; and Toyo Miyatake, a Japanese-American photographer who was interned at Manzanar but smuggled in a camera.

    The stories that photos tell depend so much on who's snapping the shutter, and Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams illustrates that in dramatic fashion. Each photographer offers a vastly different perspective on what Japanese internment was like, their photos reflecting differences not only in style, but in the relationship each photographer had to this shameful chapter of U.S. history.

    To visit the Skirball's page on this exhibit, please visit here.

    To read or listen to the full article, visit the NPR website here.

    In addition to that, the Skirball has another concurrently entitled "Citizen 13660: The Art of Miné Okubo". Citizen 13660: The Art of Miné Okubo presents a selection of archival material and rare original artwork by California-born artist Miné Okubo (1912–2001), who was among the thousands of Japanese American citizens forced to leave their homes and businesses for incarceration camps during World War II. In an effort to document the injustices of the camps, Okubo created nearly 200 pen and ink drawings capturing her everyday life and struggles. These vivid, dramatic drawings were subsequently published as the graphic novel Citizen 13660 (1946), the first illustrated memoir chronicling the camp experience. This exhibition explores this exceptional book and brings Okubo’s personal and historical narrative to life. 

     

    To visit the Skirball's page on this exhibit, please visit here.

  • 16 Feb 2016 10:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    JAVA Members who are veterans of the Gulf War, please see the below inquiry we received regarding a research study being conducted.

    Hello,

    I am the study coordinator for the Gulf Veterans Exercise Study on Pain, a Department of Veterans Affairs funded research study, conducted in association with the University of Wisconsin, Madison. We are currently recruiting Veterans from the First Gulf War (1990-91).

    I am inquiring as to whether you would be willing to post our participant recruitment flyers in your Veterans Service Office and possibly include it in any informational materials you provide to Veterans. An electronic version of this flyer could be posted on your organization website, as well as any social media platforms that your office may use. I would also like to discuss the possibility of attending one of your organization’s meetings, in order to provide a brief, 10-minute presentation regarding the study.

    Specifically, we are looking for Gulf Veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain. MRI scans are performed as part of the study to assess their brain function during a painful heat stimulus. In addition to the MRI scans, participants may be asked to complete a 16-week weight training exercise program. Our study recruitment will continue for the next year. I have attached the recruitment flyers to this email. I have also attached a letter of endorsement from the VA Chief of Staff, Dr. Alan Bridges. This project has been approved by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Health Science Institutional Review Board and also the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Research and Development Committee. If you have any questions or need any additional information please feel free to contact me again at the number below. I greatly appreciate your time and consideration.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Neda Almassi

    ------------

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Department of Kinesiology

    Research Specialist

    (608) 262-2457

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