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That was in 1942. Earlier that year, on February 19, 75 years ago this Sunday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order, No. 9066, which set the internment into motion. On its face, the order was “neutral,” authorizing the military to designate whole swaths of land as military zones, and evacuate any persons from it as they saw fit.

But behind that facade lay a much darker purpose: to tear 120,000 innocent Japanese-Americans from their homes along the West Coast and relocate them to 10 prison camps scattered throughout the United States.

It didn’t matter, back then, that most of us were US citizens and had never even been to Japan. We were presumed guilty, and held without charge for four years, simply because we happened to look like the people who had bombed Pearl Harbor. For that crime, we lost our homes, our livelihoods and our freedoms.

Every year, on February 19, we Japanese-Americans honor this day as Remembrance Day, and we renew our pledge to make sure what happened to us never happens again in America. I am always amazed, and saddened, that despite our decades long efforts, so many young people today are not even aware that such a tragedy and miscarriage of justice took place here.


We are an interdependent people, sharing a common bond of humanity. The most pernicious aspect of Trump’s policies is thus the denial of those basic bonds and that humanity. I will not stand for it, and no people of good conscience should.

The internment is not a ‘precedent,’ it is a stark and painful lesson. We will only learn from the past if we know, understand and remember it. For if we fail, we most assuredly are doomed to repeat it.


Donald Trump supporter cites Japanese internment camps as precedent for a Muslim registry

A former Navy SEAL and supporter of President-elect Donald Trump cited America’s internment of Japanese people during World War II as precedent for implementing a Muslim registry. A potential cabinet appointee also discussed a Muslim registry.

Pinball is big business in Japan. Known as pachinko, the multibillion-dollar industry is dominated by Korean Japanese, an immigrant community that has been unwelcome and ill-treated for generations. In her new novel, Pachinko, Min Jin Lee tells the story of one family’s struggle to fit into a society that treats them with contempt.

Lee got the idea for her book when she was still a college student. It was 1989 and she went to a lecture by an American missionary who had been working with the Korean Japanese in Japan. He told a story about a 13-year-old boy who committed suicide. After his death the boy’s parents found his school yearbook.

“And in this yearbook several of his classmates had written things like: Go back to your country,” Lee says. “They had written the words: die, die, die. The parents were born in Japan, the boy was born in Japan. … That story just really could not be more fixed in my brain.”

‘Pachinko’ Is A Family Saga Of Exile, Discrimination … And Japanese Pinball

Allow me to present to you this headcanon: Shiro as a Japanese Brazilian!

  • Brazil has the most number of Japanese immigrants in the world. This is a result from a large number of Japanese people fleeing from Japan to Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century. Bairro da Liberdade (Freedom) is a district in São Paulo (Brazilian State) that is home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. I’ve been there and it’s both huge and amazing! Most people living in there speak both Portuguese and Japanese and there are also some Japanese newsspapers that run in this area. It’s a very welcoming place for anime and manga fans and it’s not hard to find cosplayers meeting in the area. Karaoke contests are famous in the area. There are also a smaller number of Chinese and Korean folks living in Liberdade.
  • Introducing the Voltron team to chimarrão. Coran absolutely falls in love with it, Hunk loves the smell and taste, Pidge and Keith are very reluctant to even try it out and Lance dives right in in one go. Allura is suspicious and finds out it’s not really to her taste but still appreciates the thought.
  • Whenever the panic attacks get bad and he needs to calm down, Shiro likes to isolate himself from the others and listen to bossa nova and Maria Gadú. It really helps him out.
  • Shiro’s father is Japanese, his mother is Brazilian.
  • He’s fluent in Japanese, Portuguese and English, which helps him get that scholarship at the garrison. He learns some Russian as well, though he’s not as good at it, but it’s important for the space program. 
  • Shiro and Lance thinking they can understand each other because Portuguese and Spanish are similar and then realizing how bad an idea that was.

  • Shiro came to fall in love with space while visiting the SONEAR (Southern Observatory for Near Earth Asteroids Research) observatory with his parents as a kid, located in the state of Minas Gerais. It was an experience unlike any other and that’s when he decided he wanted to be an astronaut for real.

Thank you @quotidiandreams for sharing this idea with me and @phospenumbra for translating Lance’s Spanish for me!  ❤

“Dressed in his uniform marking service in the first World War, this veteran enters the Santa Anita assembly center for persons of Japanese ancestry evacuated from the west coast.” This is the original caption to this photo, taken in Arcadia, California, on April 5, 1942.

The attack on Pearl Harbor launched a rash of fear about national security, especially on the West Coast. In February 1942, just two months after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt as commander-in-chief, issued Executive Order 9066, which had the effect of relocating all persons of Japanese ancestry, both citizens and aliens, inland, outside of the Pacific military zone.

Roosevelt’s order affected 117,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were native-born citizens of the United States. Within weeks, all persons of Japanese ancestry–whether citizens or enemy aliens, young or old, rich or poor–were ordered to assembly centers near their homes. Soon they were sent to permanent relocation centers outside the restricted military zones. (Read more here: http://bit.ly/2ghV2PB)

On Saturday, November 19, the Japanese American National Museum is hosting our next National Conversation. This time the topic is “Immigration: Barriers and Access.” You can register to attend in person or watch the livestream: http://bit.ly/2eDdEVj

anonymous asked:

I want to study and work in japan too. If it's no trouble to ask, How did you apply? And wat school?

hello! sorry for the late reply. 

let’s start easy: to be able to study and especially to work (only part time, 28 hours per week max), you need a student visa

How do you obtain a student visa? 
To obtain a student visa you have to choose a school to go to, because the school would be the warrantor of your visa for the japanese immigration.  
When I applied the first time I started by choosing the school from the GoGoNihon website. 

if it’s the first time you ask for a student visa, their help might come handy. but from my personal experience, I suggest you to just choose the school from gogonihon, go to the school’s direct website and contact them for all infos.
Gogonihon is just an inbetween and often slows down the process. and sometimes it also says things that are not really true (for example, i asked them if i could be put in the morning classes but they said it wasn’t possible as the school choose itself the class without taking into consideration the students’ preference. it wasn’t true: when i asked the school’s staff they said that they let student choose when they apply until the morning classes are full) 

90% of the schools (even 100% i might guess), have english-speaking staff -mine has italian too, by chance) so they will reply to you in english even if you contact them directly. 

you will need a lot of documents and, im sorry to say it, a lot o money. to be able to obtain a student visa you have to prove to japanese immigration you/your family has enough money to sustain you for at least six months. 
it’s difficult, i worked two years to put up a sum enough to pay half of the school expenses and the flight. if your family can prove they have enough money and pay the school expenses for you, it’s not gonna be a problem and the japanese immigration will let you have a visa.

My school is Kai Japanese Language School, they have a DLS teaching method, that means they rent ipads to you where 90% of the lessons’ material is. so on most levels you won’t need to buy books.
the good points are that the teacher and staff is very attentive to every student and the method of learning is good albeit a bit faster than other schools -but this means you reach higher levels in less time if you study well-
the bad points are that they are a bit against student working bc they want them to concentrate 100% on studying but, hey, it’s nearly impossible to maintain yourself in japan without working. 

important: when on a student visa you can work only 28 hours per week, no more. don’t joke with japan because they inspect and if they find you’re working more than you should they’re gonna invalidate your visa and sending you back to your home country.

important 2: attendance is the most important thing when on a student visa. if your attendance drops below 70% the japanese immigration might decide to take away your visa (as you’re there with a STUDENT visa so you’re supposed to go to school). 

Never forget.

On February 19, 1942, the President of the United States authorized our government to incarcerate Americans simply because they looked like the enemy.

More than 110,000 American citizens and immigrants of Japanese ancestry were forced to give up their homes, businesses, and ways of life.

It was one of our worst civil liberties disasters.

#DayofRemembrance | DayofRemembrance.org

According to Scott Watanabe, Big Hero 6 is set in an alternate future where after the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco was rebuilt by Japanese immigrants using techniques that allow movement and flexibility in a seismic event. After the city was finished being rebuilt, it was renamed San Fransokyo due to it being a city with Japanese and American architecture combined.

So I was talkin’ about a Hawaiian!AU, right? Well, here, Kagome is a Japanese immigrant, and she meets InuYasha, who’s mother was also a Japanese immigrant, and his father was one of the sacred wild dog messengers of the Fire Goddess, Pele. And because of InuYasha’s strange nature, many of the native Hawaiians worship him, while others are wary, to say the least.

I decided the setting would be in the 1910s, because that was when there was a huge wave of asian immigrants (mostly Japanese and Korean) looking for jobs in plantations and factories, and it was also the time where Hawaiian culture was really blending with so much diversity, and there was a lot of Modern/Westernization vs. Tradition and ancient beliefs. A perfect backdrop for ghost-hunting, right? (since there are a ton of Hawaiian/Japanese ghost stories - it’s crazy)

The US has a long history of being selfish jerks. We’ve not only refused Jewish refugees during WWII (even sent some back to Hilter…look it up), we’ve also put Japanese immigrants (and citizens of Japanese descent) in internment camps. We’ve been shitting on Latin American immigrants (and latino citizens) for a long time, even as we’ve exploited their labor to keep our food cheap. And now we’re screaming about the risks of welcoming Syrian refugees over a wrongly perceived threat (while the biggest sources of violence in our society go unchecked).
It is strange that we justify our collective disdain for immigrants with the need for “security.” We want to keep our jobs “secure” or our borders “secure” or our families “secure.”
All the while, we stand by while corporations outsource our jobs and we export our young to engage in conflicts kept fueled by hundreds of military bases around the globe.
We cry for security with our voices, but not our actions. And, in our fear, we look for scapegoats.
The immigrants among us are merely scapegoats. Open your eyes and see that this is true. We hate them because we are afraid and need someone to blame, and we lack the moral strength to blame ourselves.
—  Mark Van Steenwyk

It’s Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage month as well as being Women’s HIstory Month, so today I thought I wold profile Yuri Kochiyama

Today’s woman of the day is Yuri Kochiyama. Kochiyama was a Japanese American human rights activist.

Mary Yuriko Nakahara was born on May 19, 1921 in San Pedro, California to Japanese immigrants. Her family was relatively affluent and she grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood. In her youth she attended church and taught Sunday school. Kochiyama attended San Pedro High School. She attended Compton Junior College, where she studied English, journalism, and art. Yuri Kochiyama was a school teacher at the Presbyterian church close to where she resided.

Her life changed on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese Empire bombed Pearl Harbor. After the bombings, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which consisted of three tall white men,barged through looking for her father. Within a matter of minutes, the three white men took her father away as he was considered a “suspect” who could threaten national security. Her father was sick to begin with and he was just released from the hospital when the FBI arrested him. Her father died the day after his release.

The U.S. government ordered Yuri, her mother and brother to leave their home in San Pedro. They were forced to move to the War Relocation Authority concentration camp at Jerome, Arkansas, where they lived for the next three years. While interned, she met her husband, Bill Kochiyama. The couple moved to New York in 1948 and lived in public housing for the next twelve years.

In 1960, Kochiyama and her husband Bill moved to Harlem in New York City and became acquainted with Malcolm X and was a member of his Organization of Afro-American Unity. She was present at his assassination on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, and held him in her arms as he lay dying. She was able to form with a bond with Malcolm X because she saw that African Americans were being oppressed as well. She was sitting in the front of the Ballroom when assassins came in and killed him.

In 1977, Kochiyama joined the group of Puerto Ricans that took over the Statue of Liberty to draw attention to the struggle for Puerto Rican independence. Kochiyama and other activists demanded the release of five Puerto Rican nationalists who were jailed in the United States for more than 20 years. According to Kochiyama, despite a strong movement enabling them to occupy the statue for nine hours, they intended to “give up peacefully when the police came.” The five Puerto Ricans were eventually released.

Kochiyama also became a mentor during the Asian American movement that grew during and after the Vietnam War protests. Yuri and her husband could secure reparations and government apologies for injustices toward Asian Americans such as the Japanese American internment. President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act in 1988 which, among other things, awarded $20,000 to each Japanese American internment survivor.

In 2005, Kochiyama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize through the “1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005” project

“Remember that consciousness is power. Consciousness is education and knowledge. Consciousness is becoming aware. It is the perfect vehicle for students. Consciousness-raising is pertinent for power, and be sure that power will not be abusively used, but used for building trust and goodwill domestically and internationally. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build”.

Yuri Kochiyama


 The Wayward Vagabond was the first carapace to arrive on the planet Earth, interrupting John Egbert’s math homework by crash landing in the backyard of the Egbert household. After a few hilarious antics of trying to hide WV from his father, the Egberts ultimately decide to keep WV as a guest in their home and he slowly becomes more of a “weird uncle” than an “alien invader” to their home.

 Jinsei “Jane” Kuroki is the child of Japanese immigrants, born on November 11, 1932 in Tokyo and arriving in Seattle, Washington when she was two. When she was ten years old, she and her family were interned into the Washington state Japanese Internment Camp on April 20th of 1942, known as Camp Harmony. After her family was released from internment in 1945, they moved to Maple Valley, WA and Jane had the idea of starting a joke shop, refusing to drift without purpose after internment.

 At the age of 35, Jane married a white man, took on his last name, and became Jane Egbert. Four years later, her son Yori Egbert was born on January 4, 1971. After Jane’s husband died of illness, Yori took up the family joke business and runs it alongside Jane so excellently that the Prankster’s Gambit now has two other locations; one in Idaho Falls, Idaho in the US and one in Ikoma, Nara in Japan. They have a system in place whenever they need to do business in their other locations: first Jane goes on her own leaving Yori to take care of John, then Yori goes on his own leaving Jane to take care of John, then Jane and John go together, then Yori and John go together, and finally the whole family leaves at once. They have a second home in Ikoma and an apartment in Idaho Falls as a result.

 John Egbert was born on April 13, 2003 during a short-lived marriage between Yori and a paramour he had while in Tokyo. After an amicable divorce, Yori and his wife went their separate ways with Yori’s family gaining full custody of John due to their higher net worth and income. John doesn’t know his mother very well and he doesn’t really care that much, but he gets postcards from her sometimes. John loves his family, space, gaming, cartoons, bad movies, pranks, and being a gentleman, and he’s very connected to his Japanese heritage as a result of visiting and living in Japan as often as the United States. He is very kind to WV and spends much of his time teaching WV how to speak English, which is fairly simple for him as he is bilingual to begin with (English and Japanese).


Not my best pics, but the best moment of the Fort Minor gig. Mike performed Kenji, a song where he tells the story of his Japanese family during WW2 when they were put into an internment camp and had to deal with hate and being unwanted. Between the verses and in the end he silently stood, making the peace sign and everyone joined. He thanked us for that and he was really moved, cause the song has such an important message and he saw that we understood and that we’re with him. Some people in the audience had prepared a huge sign that read “We are all Kenji” and Mike made them turn their sign around that everyone could see it. 

It’s so important that the world sticks together. Goddamn it, we’re all humans, be it Japanese immigrants, be it refugees in Germany at the moment or anyone else. We all share this one planet, it’s time we grow the fuck up and act like it.

virovac  asked:

For a while since your Icons of Horro Series I've wanted to see a Godzilla and Dracula crossover. They don't fight, but just keep getting in eachothers way. Dracula's kaiju thralls keep attacking Godzilla when unsupervised, Godzilla's rampages keep putting a wrench in Dracula's plans. I couldn't write it though, Dracula in Japan brings up themes about the place of foreigners and immigrants in Japanese society that I lack the background to address.

That would be a fun crossover!