A recent visit to Portland, Oregon made me realize clearly the dilemma of the Asian American story -- more accurately in the plural, stories. It is the constant choice between the positive and the negative.
"You know why we drill?" the Lt. Colonel said; "to establish a pattern." That brief story was told recently by Dr. Rodger Nishioka, keynote speaker at a conference that was all about establishing patterns.
The principle of equal justice under the law must be constantly defended; issues like racial profiling, indefinite detention, and due process demand our attention today. That too is Min Yasui's legacy.
The film explores how Frank overcame the challenges of being closeted to become a leading voice for LGBT rights. "For me," Frank says in the film, "it's been a disparity between a very satisfying public career and a private life in turmoil."
As tattoos become more mainstream and acceptable in modern society, so does the importance to understand the rich tradition, training, craftsmanship, discipline, scholarship, and trajectory of the art form.
Many Japanese Americans who've grown up since World War II -- myself included -- dreaded December 7 every year. As kids (and sometimes as adults) we've been taunted with hateful calls to "Go home, Jap!," "Go back where you cam from!" and the classic, "Remember Pearl Harbor!"
All my life, I've instinctively sought out elders. I longed for their patient, thoughtful scrutiny -- to be truly seen by someone who is wise. Someone who is critically detached, perceptive and yet very fond.
I was just five years old, and would spend much of my childhood behind barbed wire in that camp and, later, another in California called Tule Lake. One hundred twenty thousand other Japanese Americans from the West Coast suffered a similar fate.
Sen. Inouye holds a special place in the hearts of those of us working to support the U.S.-Japan partnership. His story reminds us of our shared history and how far we have come. It is fitting that the senator's last word was "aloha."
This was a good year for Japanese and Japanese-Americans in Colorado. A lot of the credit goes to Ikuhiko Ono, the consul general who came to Denver late last year and has made a concerted effort to reach out to the local Japanese-American community.
Today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took a small step toward correcting a large mistake, and in doing so, we can remind ourselves that there are plenty of civil rights questions today that must be handled justly and courageously.