March 2015, Volume 65, Issue 3
It has been 70 Years ago since World War II came to an end and our Nisei Veterans came home. On Saturday March 14, 2015, at our annual installation luncheon the NVC veterans that attended were honored at the Rainier Golf & Country Club. We were privileged to have sixteen WWII 442 and MIS veterans attend.
Tom Graves is a significant example of an individual who exercises the NVC and NVC Foundation’s mission of Honoring the past, Educating the future. In 2001, Tom met his first Nisei veteran in San Francisco and from there he began uncovering more and more about the WWII experience.
The Seattle Yonsei hosted their first 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Vets Hall. The Seattle Yonsei, a newly-formed group of 4th generation Japanese-Americans, are working hand-in-hand with the NVCF to raise awareness about the story of Japanese-American incarceration and the Nisei veterans of WWII.
Throughout the years, the NVC and NVC Foundation have been fortunate in recruiting a core of dedicated volunteers who share the passion of honoring the legacy of first and second generation Japanese Americans. Bruce Inaba, NVCF President, welcomes two new NVCF officers and two new board members.
John Hartman writes about his encounter with the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site near Tuscan. A kiosk at the site summarized Dr. Hirabayashi’s resistance to internment and his belief that treating Japanese American citizens of the United States differently from other citizens is unconstitutional
The evening was very nostalgic to many Nisei in attendance at Todd Matthew’s Speaker Series presentation at NVC Hall. His talk and power point slideshow took us back to Seattle’s local Japanese community during the 1900’s.
Congratulations to the two outstanding recipients of this year’s NVCF Scholarship Program. The scholarships were awarded at the 69th annual NVC Installation Luncheon held at the Rainer Golf and Country Club.
The construction of InterIm CDA’s 7-story, 96-unit affordable housing project is underway at 4th and Main, west of Nihonmachi. The building will be named “Hirabayashi Place” in honor of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American hero...
The NVC/NVCF had the pleasure of hosting ABC Los Angeles newscaster David Ono for a very busy weekend. David began by being the keynote speaker for the 70th Installation Luncheon.
The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee announces the 2015 pilgrimage dates are Thursday, June 25 through Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Go For Broke National Education Center announces its 2015 High School and College Student Essay and Video Contest.
In collaboration with Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), Japanese American and Japanese community groups are presenting three documentary films on the history and experience of Japanese Americans during WWII.