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A Los Angeles Story: The Last Service of the Hollywood Independent Church

A tiny piece of Los Angeles history disappeared last week.  After 100 years, the Hollywood Independent Church (HIC) conducted its final service on November 19th. HIC’s Reverend John Vargas final service at the historic Japanese American and Hawaiian church was introduced to the sound of conch seashells and a performance of hula dancers.   784 more words


Is the Proposed “Muslim Registry” Trump’s Reichstag Fire?

On February 27, 1933, an arson fire destroyed Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag. Hitler’s Nazi party blamed the fire on foreign-born communists, one of whom was convicted and executed. 359 more words



I’m catching my breath for a minute on this Saturday morning as I look back on this week… and what a week it’s been! I can’t believe it. 813 more words

Human Beings

Point Loma, San Diego: Is that a whale or submarine?

We just returned from a few days away. Five days and three National Parks might sound like too much territory to cover, but we made the most of the time we had available. 517 more words

California History

Amache, Colorado: Where I Drove, and What I Wrote For

The reason I was headed west–or, if not the reason, the academic justification I offered myself–was to get to Arizona and visit their archives on Japanese American internment during World War II. 898 more words


Unhyphenated Patriots, Part 2

“All of us can’t stay in the camps until the end of the war. Some of us have to go to the front. Our record on the battlefield will determine when you will return and how you will be treated.

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"Poston Memories"

Recorded at the Day of Remembrance event in Salinas, February 2016