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Before the 442nd, there were Varsity Victory Volunteers

After the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, many wanted to help, but not all were welcomed.

Akira Otani was 20 years old and preparing for the reopening of his family’s fish market when he looked toward Pearl Harbor in disbelief. 325 more words


Honoring a Japanese American WWII Veteran on Veterans Day

Courtesy of International Historical Research Associates-

YouTube video, posted by Heather Wokusch, a 2012 interview with Kazuo “Fred” Yamaguchi, who served in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service. 198 more words


"Third Generation" Japanese Novelists

I thought the 1993 book by Van C. Gessel, now a professor of Japanese Studies at Bringham Young University, about Three Modern Novelists: Soseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata… 430 more words

Stephen O. Murray

Car Shows: August 2016 Edition

‘Tis the season of my favorites… cars.


Adrenaline rushes. My heart races. My mind goes crazy.

Put me in a lot filled with cars, and I will have the time of my life… 770 more words


Big Bad Termites

The 55 foot Yagura tower was once made out of wood but termites saw to the end of that.

Just like the three little pigs, it came back stronger, not in wood, but in steel. 49 more words

Japanese American

An Open Letter to Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg


I am writing in the hopes that you might correct a grievous oversight in Hollywood: the lack of recognition of the contributions of Japanese Americans during and after the Second World War. 425 more words


Update #16 - July 2016! -Plus: REUNION news!

Fresno Sectional YPCCs: Group photos from 1935, 1937, 1947 and 1949! If you’re from the Central Valley, you might find your parents and their friends… All photos courtesy of Stephanie Sumi at the UJCC. 634 more words

Lake Sequoia Retreat