Saturday 20th January 2018,

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Japanese American Veteran Gets His Wings Back

posted by Randall
Virgil Westdale

Virgil Westdale

A Japanese American veteran who was stripped of his wings 75 years ago because of his race has now gotten them back.
The wings were returned to Virgil Westdale at his 100th birthday celebration, reported MLive
Westdale joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and trained to become a pilot. However, Japanese … Read more


San Francisco Ignores Controversy. Accepts Comfort Women Statue

posted by Randall
Comfort Women SF

Photo by Kevin Lee

Despite continued protest from Japan, the City of San Francisco officially accepted the Comfort Women Statue this week, reported the BBC.

Mayor Ed Lee signed the paperwork the same week the City of Osaka in Japan officially broke its sister city relationship with the city by the Bay in protest.… Read more

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AARP to Buy 1,000 Filipino American Vets Congressional Gold Medal Replicas

posted by Randall

Filipino American Congressional Gold Medal and AARPAARP has announced it is purchasing 1,000 replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino American veterans during World War II.

One of the highest civilian honors in the United States, the medal was awarded to recognize the bravery of Filipino soldiers who answered President Roosevelt’s call for service.

260,000 Filipino soldiers and guerillas answered … Read more

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Oct 25, 2017 Ξ Comments Off on Filipino American WWII Vets Presented with Congressional Gold Medal

Filipino American WWII Vets Presented with Congressional Gold Medal

posted by Len Patel

Congressional Gold Medal
Filipino veteran Celestino Almeda, 100

Updated by Sarah Jackson with contributions from Views from the Edge

It’s been a long time coming.

This morning, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate presented a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Filipino veterans of World War II for their service and sacrifice during the war.

100-year-old Filipino … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

California Schools to Teach Students Connections between Incarceration of Japanese Americans and Current Threats

posted by Randall
Incarceration camp family by Dorothea Lange

This photo is part of the exhibit that will be on display to mark the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066. By Dorothea Lange

California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that would draw connections for students and the public between today’s political climate and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.… Read more


Sep 26, 2017 Ξ Comments Off on What Fil Am Vets Need to Do to Get their Congressional Gold Medal

What Fil Am Vets Need to Do to Get their Congressional Gold Medal

posted by Randall

Filipino American VetsAfter decades of being ignored, Filipino American vets will formally receive the recognition that has been long overdue for more than 70 years.

The Congressional Gold Medal will be presented to these veterans for their service during World War II on October 25.

The medal which is said to have a monetary value of $29,000 … Read more

Chinese American

Comfort Women Memorial Unveiled in San Francisco

posted by Randall
Comfort Women Statue SF

“Halmuni” (Grandmother) Lee Yongsoo, a survivor who spoke at the ceremony, with a statue of Kim Haksun, the first woman to come out publicly about being a former sex slave. Photo by Kevin Lee

A woman forced into a brothel during WWII by the Japanese Imperial Army embraced a new statue to spread her story … Read more


Wrecking Ball Destroys Boys Town and a Bit of Japanese American History

posted by Randall

Boys Town

Boys Town photo

A bit of Japanese American history has been turned to rubble to make way for a $1.2 billion entertainment district in Omaha, reports the Omaha World-Herald.
The homes destroyed for the complex were at one time part of Boys Town- an organization in Nebraska dedicated to at-risk boys in need of … Read more

Community Issues

Tweet from Senior Trump Administration Energy Official Justified Incarceration of Japanese Americans

posted by Randall

William Bradford Tweet

An appointee of President Trump is apologizing for a series of offensive tweets including one which supported the incarceration camps for Japanese Americans in World War II.

William Bradford leads the Energy Department’s office of Indian Energy Policy and programs.

The tweet was just one of several deleted by Bradford, but uncovered by the Washington Read more


UPDATE: Journalist Loses Job for Racist Tweet about Takuma Sato Win in Indy 500

posted by Louis Chan

Terry Frei of the Denver Post tweeted out his racism sentiments after the Indy 500

By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent

Racist sentiments die hard, and now a veteran award winning journalist is out of a job because of it.

Unfortunately a moment of pure joy and ecstasy has been dampened by by an unfortunate and inexcusable tweet from a journalist Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

It was … Read more


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