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Op-Ed Pieces

I guess I voice my opinions pretty frequently. Here are links to some of my op-ed pieces, dating back almost ten years! Damn!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The Japan Times
'No More Hibakusha' Takes on New Meaning After 3/11
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/08/07/commentary/no-more-hibakusha-takes-on-new-meaning-after-311

Monday, May 7, 2007
Rafu Shimpo
Japanese Textbook Revision and Historical Amnesia
http://www.rafu.com/yokota_0507.html

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Rafu Shimpo
Three Things I Have Learned About Japanese History So Far
http://www.rafu.com/yokota_history.html

Friday, January 27, 2006
UCLA Daily Bruin
Fundamentalism Is An Attack on Reason
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/2006/jan/27/fundamentalism-is-an-attack-on/

Wednesday November 9, 2005
Rafu Shimpo
The Yasukuni Shrine and its Meaning for Nikkei Today
An op-ed on the recent controversies surrounding Prime Minister Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni Shrine

Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Rafu Shimpo
A Message to the Graduating Class of 2005
My graduation speech at the 2005 UCLA Asian American Studies Department Graduation

Friday, November 5, 2004
Carnesale’s Proposal for an $80,000 Four-Year Education Must be Stopped
An op-ed in opposition to a proposal to raise registration fees at UCLA

Wednesday, May 5, 2004
Rafu Shimpo
Manzanar Redux
An op-ed on recent developments at Manzanar, the former World War II Japanese American Concentration Camp

Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Rafu Shimpo
Unjust Incarceration Raises Questions of Fairness and Due Process
An op-ed on injust incarceration

Saturday, December 6, 2003
Rafu Shimpo and UCLA Daily Bruin
Support the Supermarket Striker’s Boycott, and Tell a Friend!
An op-ed in support of striking UFCW workers.
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/2003/dec/04/strikers-call-for-health-care-/

Wednesday, August 14, 2002
Rafu Shimpo
In Memoriam: Kenichi Yokota
A piece in remembrance of my Ji-chan and of my family's experiences in Hiroshima.

Saturday, June 15, 2002
Rafu Shimpo
The Little Tokyo Recreation Center: A Choice as Simple as Building Community or Watching a Continuing Decline
A piece supporting the development of a Recreation Center in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo area.

Wednesday, April 3, 2002
Rafu Shimpo and UCLA Daily Bruin
U.S. Nuclear Policy Potentially Disastrous

DEFENSE: Bush Administration displays disregard for causes of strained international relations
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/2002/apr/03/us-nuclear-policy-potentially-/

Monday, January 7, 2002
Rafu Shimpo and UCLA Daily Bruin
Sept. 11 Detention Justification Falls Flat

WAR: U.S.ís high number of arrests reminiscent of the Japanese internment
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/2002/jan/07/sept-11-detention-justificatio/

September, 2001
Gidra
A Call to Vigilance Against Hate and Racism

The Aftermath of the Attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon

Monday, April 3, 2000
UCLA Daily Bruin
Hate Crimes Encouraged by Indifference

RACISM: UCLA could make larger effort toward diversity in repealing both SP-1, SP-2
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/2000/apr/03/hate-crimes-encouraged-by-indi/

Tuesday, October 6, 1998
UCLA Daily Bruin
Okinawans Fight for End to U.S. Occupation

MILITARY: Philippine Senate pushes for American military bases on once-independent Pacific islands
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/1998/oct/06/okinawans-fight-for-end-to-us-/

March 25, 1996
Rafu Shimpo
Even White Men Sing the Blues
A piece on economic hard times.

November 25, 1995
Rafu Shimpo
For the Unknown Heroes in Our Midst

October 7, 1995
Rafu Shimpo
Okinawa Kaiho-"Free Okinawa!"
A piece connecting militarism in Okinawa to militarism across Asia.

August 22, 1995
Rafu Shimpo
Radioactive Colonization: The Impacts of Nuclear Weaponry on Non-White Populations
A piece opposing the continued testing and existence of nuclear weapons.

March 7, 1995
Rafu Shimpo
The Unfulfilled Promise of African-American Redress
A piece supporting African American Redress and Reparations

January 31, 1995
UCLA Daily Bruin
Reflections on the Riots: Misplaced Questions and True Solutions
A piece reflecting on the aftermath of the L.A. Riots, three years later.
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/1995/jan/31/the-la-riots-misplaced-questio/

January 14, 1995
Rafu Shimpo
Native Tongues: Cherishing the Flavor of Fresh Dug Roots
A piece on the importance of retaining one's indigenous language.

November 22, 1994
Rafu Shimpo
The People United, Will Never Be Defeated: Inter-Ethnic Solidarity Between Asian Pacific Islanders and Latina/os
A piece on inter-ethnic solidarity through history and in the New Otani Hotel campaign.
http://www.dailybruin.ucla.edu/news/1995/jan/13/history-shows-power-of-inter-e/

August 23, 1994
Rafu Shimpo
Forming a Social Movement Through Labor: Coalition Building at the New Otani Hotel
A piece on labor organizing at the downtown Little Tokyo New Otani Hotel.

May, 1994
UCLA Pacific Ties
Sweatshop Oppression and the Jessica McClintock Boycott
A piece on the Jessica McClintock Boycott

May 14, 1994
Rafu Shimpo
Breaking the Lines that Bind Us

A piece on the universality of the Japanese American Concentration Camp experience.

April 14, 1994
Rafu Shimpo
A Call For Greater Understanding
A Statement from the UCLA Nikkei Student Union on the murder of two Japanese students, Go Matsura and Takuma Ito..

 

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