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May 2020, Volume 70, Issue 5

Memorial Day Remarks to Nisei Veterans

...To our Nisei Veterans:  This Memorial Day 2020, we are in another challenging time for our nation and our world.  We are not able to gather in a large group.  We can’t provide you with all the appropriate pageantry that would depict the magnitude of gratitude that we as a nation and community have for your service and sacrifice... I am Captain Ann Minami and I am a judge advocate in the United States Navy currently serving as the military judge in Bremerton...


NVC and NVC Foundation Plan a Virtual Memorial Day Service

This year marks the 75th Annual NVC Memorial Day Service, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our plans will change. NVC Commander Walter Tanimoto and NVC Foundation President David Fukuhara, in consultation with Lake View Cemetery Director George Nemeth, have decided to utilize digital technology to conduct a Virtual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25, 2020.

ESSAY: Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee is a recipient of a NVCF Shiro Kashino Memorial Scholarships. He is the son of Dianne and David Lee and is the cousin of Danielle Higa. He attended Kentwood High School and is currently at Arizona State University. Here is his essay on the Nisei Veterans Legacy.

Workshop on Xenophobia: From Japanese American Incarceration to Immigrant Detention Today

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington and Densho are sponsoring a free, 2-hour, online teach-in, "Xenophobia:  From Japanese American Incarceration to Immigrant Detention Today."  This workshop will deepen your understanding of American xenophobia and racism, using Japanese American WWII incarceration and the current crisis of immigrant detention as case studies.

Two Japanese Nationals Fought in US Civil War

...the reasons Asian nationals served in the Civil War were “defense of the homeland, desire for citizenship which was promised to foreigners, opposition to slavery, and adventure”. Information in the Handbook and independent research have helped to compile the profiles of the two Japanese nationals who used Anglicized names, Pvt John Williams and Pvt Simon Dunn.  Despite its best efforts, JRT has not succeeded in locating their Japanese names...