September 12, 2015 |
The family of the late Owen Roberts, a onetime U.S. Supreme Court justice and University of Pennsylvania law school dean, on Thursday announced an $8.6 million gift to the law school. The money, a bequest from the estate of Elizabeth Hamilton, Roberts' daughter, will be used for student financial aid. Roberts played a pivotal role on the Supreme Court during World War II, and voted against the Roosevelt administration in a case testing its policy of placing tens of thousands of Japanese Americans in internment camps.
August 18, 2015 |
By day, Kermit Roosevelt toils as a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is known as an expert on law governing the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo, the Voting Rights Act, and the legal debate over President Obama's health-care plan. But after hours, he has an entirely different line of work. Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, is carving out a parallel career as a novelist. His first novel, In the Shadow of the Law , a tale of intrigue centered on young Washington lawyers, was published in 2005 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
February 13, 2015 |
This year, Plays & Players Theatre dedicated its season to "One Voice," or, as artistic director Daniel Student explains, one-person shows "about what it takes for someone to go from a concerned citizen to an active citizen. " The fourth production in this series, Jeanne Sakata's Hold These Truths , confronts the legacy of the so-called internment camps of World War II. Created as a result of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, they were filled with people of Japanese ancestry who were held for the duration of the war. In the play, which starts previews Thursday, Makoto Hirano plays Gordon Hirabayashi.
June 25, 2014 |
Grayce Uyehara, 94, who as a retired Philadelphia-area social worker helped lead the national redress movement for Japanese Americans interned during World War II, died Sunday at Virtua Memorial hospital in Mount Holly. Her calm, persistent presence and truth telling helped push the federal government to formally apologize and to offer a $20,000-per-person reparation. During a decadelong campaign, she insisted that the war-era imprisonment was not only a Japanese issue but an American one, threatening the rights of all. If Japanese Americans could be summarily jailed during one war - losing their homes, jobs, and savings, she told the senators and representatives she lobbied - it could happen to anyone.
November 22, 2013 |
Seventy years ago, Saburo Kitagawa was released from a World War II internment camp for Japanese Americans, enlisted in a special "Nisei" unit of the infantry, fought on the battlefields of Europe, and was twice wounded by shrapnel while serving his country. His combat team in the 100th Infantry Battalion was made up entirely of Japanese Americans. They stormed a German-controlled mountaintop abbey in Italy, rescued a trapped battalion in southern France - risking their lives while also confronting the anti-Japanese attitudes of the era. This week, a retired Army general undertook his own mission from Hawaii.
November 16, 2013 |
Nearly everyone knows that Japanese Americans were imprisoned in internment camps during World War II. And many people know that during the Reagan administration, the federal government offered a formal apology and a $20,000-per-person reparation. But hardly anybody knows that it was Grayce Uyehara, a retired Philadelphia social worker, who helped lead the national grassroots effort to win redress for Japanese Americans who lost not only their freedom but their homes, jobs, and savings.
May 27, 2013
By John C. Church Jr. After seeing the film 42 , I was reminded of the quote that adorns Jackie Robinson's gravestone: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. " This Memorial Day I'll be thinking of those who had an impact. That includes friends with whom I served, but also some others. When I met Cpl. Thomas Turner, a World War II Marine, he was wearing his Presidential Gold Medal. Turner, a Montford Point Marine, volunteered for service after President Franklin D. Roosevelt barred the military from refusing employment on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin.
October 25, 2012 |
The book chosen for next year's One Book, One Philadelphia tells a story many American families keep hidden in the attics of memory. For that reason alone, it's a very American tale. It's Julie Otsuka's Buddha in the Attic , a fictional retelling of the personal odysseys of hundreds of Japanese "picture brides" who sailed from Japan to the United States in the 1920s to marry men, most of them itinerant Japanese workers without other options, who had arranged for a wife to be sent over.
April 20, 2007
Dear South Korea: Please stop apologizing. It is not your fault. Don't get us wrong. It is touching and impressive how you, as a nation, seem crestfallen over the trail of death left on an American college campus by an immigrant from your land. You have held candlelight vigils at our embassy and your president has expressed shock - three times, so far. But, really, the suspect came to America as a child. He was raised here. Maybe we should be apologizing to you for not taking better care of him. Or maybe the ugly twists that the human spirit can take are just unfathomable.
April 1, 2003 |
A few hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, my grandfather, Tamihei Hamashima, a farmer in California's Imperial Valley, was forcibly taken by the FBI and incarcerated in North Dakota. Neither he nor his family was told why he was taken, where he was going, or how long he would be gone. Within five months, his wife and seven children, along with other people of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast - about 110,000 people - were evacuated from their homes and interned.