Honorary Degrees Only For Living Japanese Americans Forced To Leave USC During WWII Not Enough

COMMENTARY: USC must change course and award honorary degrees, not just to living Japanese American students who were forced to leave the campus during World War II, but also to those who have since passed away. USC should also apologize for its racist, unjust treatment of its Nisei students in 1942.


Unlike crosstown rival UCLA, USC has unjustly refused to award honorary
degrees posthumously to their former Japanese American students
who were forced to leave the campus during World War II.
Photo: Darrell Kunitomi

LOS ANGELES — Over the many years that the crosstown rivalry has existed, students and alumni of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and those at the University of Southern California (USC), have always gloated about their athletic teams (usually football and basketball), or which school is better.

Of course, much of the boasting is based solely on emotion-laden loyalties, without basis in fact, not that there’s anything wrong with that. After all, loyalty to your school is a good thing.

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UC San Francisco: Honorary Degree Ceremony Aims To Help Right A 67-Year-Old Wrong

The following is from the UCSF Today. It is reprinted here with permission. Original story: Honorary Degree Ceremony Aims To Help Right a 67-Year-Old Wrong.


by Robin Hindrey
December 7, 2009

From left, Setsuo “Ernest” Torigoe, Aiko “Grace” Obata
Amemiya and Edith Oto received their honorary
degrees from UCSF nearly seven decades after they
were sent to internment camps during World War II.
Photo: Susan Merrell

SAN FRANCISCO — All the familiar elements were there: flashing cameras, misty-eyed family members, and a live orchestra playing “Pomp and Circumstance.”

But the graduation ceremony that took place at the University of California, San Francisco on December 4, 2009 was anything but typical. The honorees were dozens of Japanese Americans whose educations were interrupted when they were sent to internment camps during World War II. Read more of this post

University of California To Grant Honorary Degrees To Japanese American Students Forced to Leave UC Campuses During WWII

The following is from a press release by the University of California.


OAKLAND, CA — On July 16, the University of California Board of Regents voted to grant special honorary degrees to hundreds of men and women forced to leave their studies at the University of California as a result of the imprisonment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II in American concentration camps. Read more of this post

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