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Remember WWII? Scapegoating Was The Wrong Answer Then, Too.

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump’s hastily enacted executive order caused chaos this weekend, leading to the detention of Muslims from seven countries at U.S....

Thousands Sign George Takei's Petition In Solidarity With Muslim Americans

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.14.2017 | Religion

For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What wil...

An American Muslim Kid's Message To Her Country

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics

The U.S. government incarcerated some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II, removing them from their homes to live behind barbed wi...

Really? Congressman Uses Anti-Asian Slur On TV

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), appearing on live television Friday, dredged up a racial slur from the annals of wartime history. In an appearance on MSNBC'...

History Is in the Interpretation: Asian Americans in Portland

Frank H. Wu | Posted 03.16.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

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.

Being Tough, Doing Wrong: The Shame of Mass Incarceration

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

Why does the United States incarcerate a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world?

Setting Patterns: Default to justice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

"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.

Minoru Yasui Day in Denver

Holly Yasui | Posted 09.11.2016 | Denver
Holly Yasui

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.

Everyone Should See Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

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."

White Men In Kimonos Offend Philly's Theater Community

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts

“The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar” was supposed to be set in an alternate version of ancient Rome, according to director Charles MacMahon, one which h...

These Haunting Photos Capture The Daily Reality Of A Dark Episode In U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts

In 1942, still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government ordered thousands of Japanese Americans to leave their homes behind and ta...

Perseverance: An Evolution of Japanese Tattoos (NSFW)

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

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.

The Race to Save a Rare Slice of Japanese-American History

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Lauren Walser Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission and manse (parsonage), with congregation, in March 1910 Six early-20th-century b...

Seeing Snow Falling on Cedars on Pearl Harbor Day Underscored Its Message

Gil Asakawa | Posted 02.11.2014 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

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!"

This Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Honors Japanese-American Soldiers

Civil Beat | Manjari Fergusson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

The USS Missouri Memorial Association’s annual Veterans Day sunset ceremony at Pearl Harbor will honor the 70th anniversary of the Nisei Veterans of...

Why a Gay Asian Immigrant Marches

Erwin de Leon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Erwin de Leon

Today, the AAPI and LGBT communities are visible, marching alongside African American and Latino communities, in the continued struggle for equality and opportunity.

What I Learned From My Elders

Brenda Peterson | Posted 09.16.2013 | Fifty
Brenda Peterson

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.

First Person: A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro's Daughter

Jim Luce | Posted 07.27.2013 | World
Jim Luce

Taking my shoes off in the private alcove of the exclusive Japanese dining room, I open the shoji screen to reveal a beautiful 12-tatami mat room comp...

Why We Must Remember Rohwer

George Takei | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
George Takei

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.

What Happened on Terminal Island, Why It Matters and What Is at Risk

Kate Kelly | Posted 06.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Kate Kelly

Terminal Island has three separate and very different stories that can best be told by a short trip to the island via one of the four bridges that connects it to the mainland.

What Sen. Inouye's Death Means for Japanese-Americans

Kathryn Ibata-Arens | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Kathryn Ibata-Arens

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."

2012 Was a Good Year for Denver's Japanese and Japanese-American Community

Gil Asakawa | Posted 02.13.2013 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

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.

Remember Pearl Harbor, Both Ways

Stacy Bare | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Stacy Bare

We know of the many Americans who served bravely and honorably in WW2, but how many served so honorably while their families were wrongfully interned back home, simply for being of Japanese descent?

"Sakura:" Final Event to Mark Centenary of Japan's Gift of Cherry Trees to U.S.

Gil Asakawa | Posted 09.14.2012 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

It was the right song for the occasion: "Duo Sokyo" ended a brief concert marking the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. as a symbol of friendship.

Internment Resolution

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 08.06.2012 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

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.