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Only the Brave at the Hawaii Theatre!

Last week the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii hosted a DVD Release Screening of the 2005 film Only the Brave, starring Lane Nishikawa, Jason Scott Lee and the late Pat Morita at the Hawaii...

Friday bullets

The University of Puget Sound awards 36 honorary degrees to Japanese Americans who were forced to leave college during World War II. Japanese Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day in Torrance, Calif. From the UCLA Newsroom: "Lane...
Scanned photo of drawings of veterans cleaning rifle

Veterans Day Tribute – Excerpts from “Biffontaine”

Susan Nunes Published with Permission Sketches by Ryo Shinoda Editor’s note: In observance of Veterans Day, we are pleased to share with you this excerpt from writer Susan Nunes’ short story, “Biffontaine.” It is part of her collection of short stories titled “Paradise Café: A Family Memoir in Stories.” Nunes is a Hilo native who....
Soldier standing in front of capital in Washington, D.C. promoting 'Proof of Loyalty' film

“Proof of Loyalty”

WHO/WHAT: PBS Hawai‘i will rebroadcast “Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii,” which premiered at the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival. The film by documentarians Don Sellers and Lucy Ostrander...
Photo of June Arakawa prays at the grave of her sister Nancy Masako Arakaki.

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary – Pearl Harbor Civilian Casualties

Many Were Victims of “Friendly Fire” Allan Beekman Special to The Hawai‘i Herald (Reprinted from Dec. 6, 1991) A disproportionate number of the civilian casualties of the Pearl Harbor attack were Nikkei, with some of the most striking casualties...

EMIKO, Silicone Valley, and the latest newspaper casualty

Another sad day for Japanese American newspapers. Japanese American musician EMIKO will be featured at Japan Music Week. Silicone Valley remembers World War II. Hip rollers? Germanium baths? Will Japan's beauty products find a market outside the...
Chito Isonaga’s medals — the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. (Photo by Ann Kabasawa)

In Her Own Words – Thank You For Your Service, Chito Isonaga

Karleen C. Chinen Commentary To read Isonaga’s story in its entirety, visit the Hawai‘i Memory Project website: nisei.hawaii.edu/page/chito I graduated from [Kaua‘i] high school in August [1933], I remember going to Japan. I really didn’t want to go [to Japan with my mother and sister], but that was more or less planned. Mom looked forward....

A World War II-themed post

Looking back at how classic comic books portrayed interment. In 2010, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will display arts and crafts made by Japanese Americans during World War II. The Turlock assembly center gets memorialized. A look...
Symbol honoring 442nd/100th Battalion, with text 'Remember Pearl Harbor'

Oahu Joint Memorial Service Honoring Nisei Soldiers

WHO/WHAT: Hawai‘i historian, author and journalist Tom Coffman will speak at the Joint Memorial Service honoring AJA soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service and the 1399th Engineer...

Fred Korematsu Day, Magic Valley, and 99 Years

Celebrating Fred Korematsu Day. Nearly a decade later, Japanese Americans continue to explore the parallels between the racial fallout from the 9/11 attacks and Executive Order 9066. Remembering the Japanese American experience in Magic Valley before...

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