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"Allegiance" The Musical: A Story More Relevant Now Than You Realize

Just saw Allegiance for the third time tonight, and it was still as haunting as the first time I saw it in previews. You really feel the struggle of trying to be patriotic to a country that is persecuting you simply because of how you look or where you came from–as a rebel, fighting for the ideals that this country stands for. 302 more words


Why is Minoru Yasui receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

President Barack Obama will award posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom to civil-rights lawyer Minoru Yasui. This medal is the country’s highest civilian honor “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”[ 308 more words


Internment | Imprisonment |Reservations

Recently the Internet has exploded with statements from American politicians about how the Syrian immigrants should be treated should the come to the United States. These politicians have proposed refusing their requests for sanctuary in over 30 states of the union. 691 more words

Recording Your Voice For Posterity

When my parents first retired to Florida (that’s what retirees did in those days), long-distance phone connections were too expensive for idle chit-chat, so we kept in touch mostly by exchanging 3-inch reels of tape by mail. 420 more words

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History repeats itself because we learn how to do things better than before.

It has not taught us lessons that we aught not repeat; it has simply taught us how to repeat them more successfully than the last time.

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How did the governor of Washington State explain his support for welcoming Syrian refugees?

Amid an atmosphere of fear after the terror attacks in Paris, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State took a stand contrary to other US Governors who conflated the Syrian refugees with Islamist terrorists. 259 more words


Lily Terao: From Internment Camp to Military Intelligence

Today is the tenth anniversary of the death of my mother-in-law, Lily (or Yuriko) Terao. She was mugged by a purse-snatcher near her home in Los Angeles and died from her injuries November 8, 2005. 543 more words