Some Thoughts About NCRR’s Impact As They Publish a New Book About Their History

Community members marched through Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo
during a Day of Protest, held in August 1989.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda

As the movement for redress and reparations for the more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated or otherwise forcibly removed from the West Coast during World War II began to gain steam in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, different views on how to win redress emerged. Some might say that those divergent views became wide chasms. But in the end, those different paths to achieve victory came together, for the most part, and necessarily so.

One of those divergent views was that the people had to be part of the movement, that organizing the community on a grass-roots level would be critical if redress was to be achieved and it was NCRR that led the way in that regard.

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70 Years Since Executive Order 9066 – No-No Boys and Renunciants: Loyal or Disloyal?

The following is an announcement on behalf of the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California (JAHSSC) and a related essay by JAHSSC member Richard Katsuda.


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TORRANCE, CA — 70 Years Since EO 9066: No-No Boys And Renunciants – Loyal Or Disloyal, a forum presented by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California (JAHSSC) and the Torrance Public Library, is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Community Room, in Torrance, California.

Though 70 years have passed since the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, the renunciants and No-no’s have had to endure the stigma of the labels “disloyal” and “troublemaker,” and have had to live in the shadows without telling their stories. This forum will allow them to tell their stories. Others in the community need to hear those stories and allow for redemption and healing for these individuals and for the community as a whole.

Featured speakers include writer, poet, actor and Tule Lake “No-No,” Hiroshi Kashiwagi, who will share his experiences, and will read his poems, Radio Station KOBY, and A Meeting at Tule Lake; “No-No” and renunciant Bill Nishimura, who was in his Read more of this post

UCLA Kyodo Taiko and Grateful Crane Ensemble To Perform at 39th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

PILGRIMAGE: Manzanar At Dusk program to be held at Lone Pine High School auditorium; Seats still available on buses from Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko and the Grateful Crane Ensemble will perform at the 39th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, which will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on US Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, California, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles. Read more of this post