Honoring The Powerful, Immeasurable Legacy Left By Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga (left) with Manzanar Committee member Gann Matsuda at the
annual Day of Remembrance program in
Los Angeles on February 17, 2018.
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Photo: Alisa Lynch

I’ve been “forced” to recall how I got started as a community activist quite a bit lately.

Indeed, back in June, when NCRR (Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress; originally the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations) held their event to launch their new book about their incredible, highly impactful history, it reminded me of all the activists who came before me who have been mentors and teachers for my own community activism.

On the morning of July 19, I received word that Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga passed away the night before. She was just a little over a month away from celebrating her 93rd birthday.

Aiko is well-known in the Japanese American, Asian American, and broader civil rights communities for her tireless work for social justice since her time in New York after she was one of the 120,000 Japanese/Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II.

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George Takei Talks About Incarceration At Rohwer and Tule Lake On CBS Sunday Morning – VIDEO

George Takei
Photo courtesy
Discover Nikkei

On Sunday, August 4, 2013, actor George Takei of Star Trek fame, appeared on CBS News’ Sunday Morning, hosted by Charles Osgood.

Takei, 76, told CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller about his family being incarcerated at Rohwer in Arkansas, and later, at the Tule Lake Segregation Center in Northern California.

Rohwer and Tule Lake were two of the ten American concentration camps where over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry, were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

You can watch Takei’s segment on CBS News’ Sunday Morning below (sorry, CBS does not have an iOS-compatible embed player, so those of you with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches are out of luck).

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National Park Service Awards $3 Million For 2010 Japanese American Confinement Sites Grants

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded 23 grants totaling: $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret historic locations where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. Read more of this post

Manzanar Committee Statement On The Passing of Florin JACL Leader Bob Uyeyama

Bob Uyeyama
Photo: Gann Matsuda

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Bob Uyeyama, 75, of Elk Grove, California, who passed away on April 24, 2010, while attending the Florin Japanese American Citizens League’s (JACL) trip to the 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.

Uyeyama, who was imprisoned at the Rohwer and Jerome concentration camps in Arkansas during World War II, was helping guide a walking tour prior to the start of the Pilgrimage. He was sharing his recollections of his time in camp at Block 14, located near the Interpretive Center at the Manzanar National Historic Site, when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed. Read more of this post