U.S. internees recall ballgame of freedom

Dec 14, 2014

U.S. internees recall ballgame of freedom

by Koichi Ito

A baseball series played 70 years ago between two U.S. internment camps became a symbol of freedom for a group of Japanese-Americans rounded up during the war. The players, now octogenarians, are among the more than 120,000 Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans who were forced ...

Hawaii inaugurates second Japanese-American governor

Dec 2, 2014

Hawaii inaugurates second Japanese-American governor

With the inauguration of David Ige on Monday, the state of Hawaii welcomed its eighth governor, a third-generation Japanese-American and the second governor of Japanese ancestry for the state. “I stand here today in the shadow of my parents’ and my grandparents’ accomplishments because ...

Japanese-American takes U.S. Pacific fleet helm

Oct 18, 2013

Japanese-American takes U.S. Pacific fleet helm

The U.S. Navy has chosen its first Japanese-American to lead the Pacific Fleet, a spokesman said Thursday. Adm. Harry Harris, a former assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, succeeded Adm. Cecil Haney on Wednesday as top commander of the Hawaii-based ...

Scrutinizing identity through one's family

Jun 9, 2013

Scrutinizing identity through one's family

by Michael Hoffman

Lucky great-grandfather Julius. This first member of the Helm family to settle in Japan was “as rooted in his German identity as an old oak tree.” For his mixed-race descendants, life would not be so simple. YOKOHAMA YANKEE: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders ...

U.S. honors three Japanese-American women

May 7, 2013

U.S. honors three Japanese-American women

Three Japanese-Americans — a long-time advocate of the two countries' friendship, an aspiring basketball coach and a psychology professor — are among 15 women of Asian or Pacific Island heritage honored at the White House as this year's Champions of Change.