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Teaching Untold Stories During Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Moé Yonamine | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Moé Yonamine

During this commemorative month to raise awareness of Asian/Pacific Island peoples, I draw hope from my students who are leading the way to unlearn the past and imagine a more just world for all people.

The Assault on Civil Liberties Continues

Allan Brawley | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Assaults on our constitutional protections are not new. They have been a recurring phenomenon for at least the last hundred years.

Lessons to Remember From Japanese Internment

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 04.22.2012 | Crime
Bill Ong Hing

Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Their mass incarceration provides a lesson in human rights abuse that, unfortunately, the nation tends to forget too conveniently.

Creating a False "Enemy Within": The Lessons of Internment, 70 Years Later

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We cannot stand idly by as an entire American community is demonized as a "religious enemy within." The demonization of Muslim Americans ignores the rich, diverse background of the community.

From Camp to Congress: My Father's Dream

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 01.15.2012 | Impact
Rep. Mike Honda

In a brutal irony, my father wore the uniform of the U.S. Military Intelligence Service (MIS), while his family lived behind barbed wire in a Colorado internment camp.

Obama Honors Japanese Soldier Whose Father Was In Internment Camp

Posted 08.09.2011 | Impact

Shinyei "Rocky" Matayoshi said he hoped his service in the US military would convince the American government to let his father out of a Japanese inte...

When Fear and Power Combine, Rights Suffer

James Peron | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
James Peron

Manzanar reminds us that fear, coupled with lies and expansive government power, is a potent threat to cherished American freedoms. Sadly, it appears few heed that warning today.

Peter King's Hearings Part of a Long, Ignoble Tradition

Tom Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Parker

To this day, Peter King continues to describe the IRA as "a legitimate force" fighting British repression, which rather begs the question of how he views Hamas or Fatah.

American Exceptionalism Is Un-American

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.

Min Yasui's Legacy Lives on in a Denver Program That Honors Volunteerism

Gil Asakawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

Most people living in Denver today probably don't know the name Minoru Yasui. But the Japanese American community leader has left a legacy that still impacts the city.

What Does a Vote for a GOP Candidate in November Really Mean?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

A vote for the GOP in November will be a vote for the richest one percent of the country at the expense of the rest of us. And it will be a vote for the kind of fear that we, as a country, would eventually come to regret.

An Open Letter to the Texas Board of Education From a Survivor of Its Public School System

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As someone who received nearly my entire education -- grades 2-12 -- in the Texas public schools system, I must admit that I don't understand what all the fuss is about.

Out of Infamy: An Important Film at a Crucial Time

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

The 17-minute film, Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn, reveals a dark and shocking chapter of American history: the detention in concentration camps of over 110,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II.

Jason Linkins

Bachmann Compares Census To WWII Internment Camps | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You know, with each passing day, I grow worried that future generations will walk this earth completely unaware of the delicate and brilliant grasp of...

It's Time for a War on the War on the "War on Christmas"

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

I would like to see a country where we don't seek to make non-Christian citizens feel like they are not part of the national fabric by pointing out to them, again and again, that they are different than a majority.

To Boldly Go Where No Californians Have Gone Before

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Gregory

Now that he has the legal right to marry, actor George Takei sat down with me enthusiastically gushing about his upcoming nuptials to his partner of twenty-one years, Brad Altman.

Batman (1943): Rounding Up the Shifty-Eyed Japs

Erik Lundegaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erik Lundegaard

Given Pearl Harbor, and Hollywood's track record with stereotypes before Pearl Harbor, the racism towards Japanese people in 1943's Batman serial is unsurprising.