How The Japanese American Community Should Commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

The Soul Consoling Tower marks the cemetery at the
Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: National Park Service

LOS ANGELES — On this day, the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, many Japanese Americans will grit their teeth, expecting to see anti-Japanese comments, not to mention the racial slurs and racist comments that our community has had to endure for our entire history, and given the current political and social climate following the 2016 Presidential election, hate-based attacks are far more frequent and violent.

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Flap Over Muslim Community Center In New York: History Is Repeating Itself…Again

The recent flap over the Cordoba House, the Muslim community center that will include a mosque that is proposed to be built near the site of the World Trade Center in New York—Ground Zero, one of the targets of the September 11, 2001 attacks, draws disappointing and dangerous parallels to what Americans of Japanese ancestry faced before, during and after World War II.

Two recent stories and a radio interview highlight these parallels and the dangerous road our nation appears to be traveling down once again. Read more of this post