Dornsife launches first USC Japanese internment class

first_imgFor Matthew Weisbly, the period of Japanese internment during World War II is a crucial part of history often overlooked in school curriculums. Weisbly, a junior majoring in history, first heard about the internment when he was 12 or 13 years old from watching the film Come See the Paradise and remembered how his high school history class only spent one day on the topic. He soon realized the severity of these policies when he learned about his family’s history: Weisbly’s grandfather was a third-generation Japanese American who was detained to an Arizona internment camp.Dornsife associate dean for advanced and professional degrees Susan Kamei teaches “War, Race and the Constitution,” a class focused on World War II Japanese internment. Emily Smith | Daily Trojan“Ever since then, I went off and learned all I could about [the internment], and then I decided to become a history major in high school.” Weisbly said.“When I came to USC, we had to choose a field of study for history, so I was going to do Asian and Asian American history.”Weisbly, along with a dozen other students, are in a new history class called “War, Race and the Constitution,” which specifically concentrates on World War II Japanese internment and its present legal ramifications. Taught by Susan Kamei, USC Dornsife’s associate dean for advanced and professional degrees, it is the first class at USC that solely focuses on the internment.Lon Kurashige, a Dornsife history professor, reached out to Kamei to teach the class since Kamei was involved in the Redress Movement, which calls for apology and reparations for Japanese Americans’ treatment during World War II. Kamei emphasizes that the popularized term — internment — is legally incorrect, since the U.S. technically incarcerated over 120,000 people, two-thirds of whom were Japanese Americans. “Internment refers to alien enemies,” Kamei said. “Legally, you don’t intern American citizens. But because that’s the way it’s known, that’s a term that we can’t get around. I avoid using the word internment and talk about the different euphemistic terminology that was used by the government, [like] relocation camp or evacuation. In the course, we refer to it as incarceration.”In the class, students examine the U.S. Constitution and relevant   Supreme Court cases. The class visited the Japanese American National Museum and interacted with guest speakers such as Duncan Williams, a Dornsife professor of religion and East Asian languages and cultures. Students also have the chance to converse with Holly Yasui, the daughter of lawyer Min Yasui who fought the legality of Japanese exclusion, and Jay Hirabayashi, the son of sociologist Gordon Hirabayashi who was the plaintiff in the Hirabayashi v. United States case.Mai Mizuno, a junior majoring in international relations and philosophy, politics and law, is a first-generation Japanese American who did not have family members incarcerated in World War II. In fact, she had never learned of the Japanese internment camps in her hometown in Manhattan, Kan., until she arrived at USC.“It’s a very Japanese thing I think to suppress and not discuss things that were very painful in the past,” she said. “It was this crazy moment because I grew up in a very patriotic town in the Midwest, in a small town that was composed of farmers and military families. I would religiously stand up for the flag and every single day, recite the Pledge of Allegiance to this country and truly believe that it had done its best in the past to advocate for the values that were enshrined in the Constitution: equality and justice for all. To discover this in my 20s was such a shock.”According to Kurashige, the issue is not only the lack of awareness, but also a narrow perspective on Japanese incarceration among students. He argues there is a complexity to it that is often overlooked.“[Students] tend to see it as the equivalent for Asians to slavery,” Kurashige said. “They know it’s not the same, but in terms of what’s the worst thing that could happen or had happened to Asian Americans, the internment is just this complete utter violation of humanity … There’s an element of truth to that, and it’s not all fiction and made up, but it’s exaggerated. It’s distorted in a way that washes out the complexity of not just the experience, but of human capacity.”Russel Hash, a senior majoring in political science and president of USC Nikkei, a Japanese American culture club, said he would have taken the class if he had had the chance. Like Weisbly’s grandfather, his grandfather and many other family members were incarcerated during World War II. Even though Hash talked with his grandfather about the experience, he still struggles to bring the topic up in conversations with those who were interned.“How do you not talk to them about that? It’s impossible to describe,” Hash said. “You know you’re not supposed to, but you know you should. There are less and less of them every single day. If we don’t have this appropriate history, it’s going to be gone, and the moment we forget that this happened is the moment it happens again.”Today, the legacy of Japanese American internment continues, especially through the tension between national security and civil liberties. In Kamei’s opinion, the targeting of race and ethnicity during internment has transformed into the targeting of religion, evidenced by the Muslim travel ban and the president’s suggestion for a registry system.“After 9/11, there were cases and new congressional acts that expanded the government’s national security powers,” Kamei said. “The travel ban cases that are winding their way through circuit courts of appeal and to the Supreme Court [and the proposal] of a Muslim registry, these are issues that have come up in the past and they’re in our political landscape now. They will continue to come up in the future.”Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni noted the similarities between the World War II internment and the scope of policies enacted by the Trump administration. Although the U.S. is currently not at war with a state actor, Soni sees that the same sentiment of alienation persists.Keeping these issues in mind, Soni believes students have an essential role in preserving history to ensure that the future will be different.“I would hope that as students study history broadly can see, not just the Japanese American internment, [but] think deeply about why they’re studying history,” Soni said.  “It’s not just to learn about the past. It has to be also how we inform the future … That’s the power of education, that’s the power of this class, and that’s the opportunity that we have here at USC.”last_img read more

Madison Bumgarner outduels Clayton Kershaw again, Giants sweep Dodgers

first_imgBumgarner’s home run, initially estimated at 415 feet, will be the lasting image from the Giants’ 4-0 win over the Dodgers at AT&T Park. Yet the long shot wasn’t the Dodgers’ biggest problem Thursday. Not by a longshot.In losing all three games in San Francisco, the Dodgers failed to score a single run against starters Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum and Bumgarner, who has now pitched the Giants to victory three times in three starts against Kershaw this season.“They threw strikes,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “All three of them did a great job pounding the zone, keeping us on the defensive. They wiggled out of trouble. The few chances we had to put anything on the board, they made great pitches, really executed in those situations when they needed to.”The results weren’t pretty.The Dodgers extended their streak of innings without a run to 31. They extended their road losing streak against their rivals to six — the longest it’s been since 1972 — and were swept in consecutive series in San Francisco for the first time since 1961. “You saw 27 pretty good innings of baseball,” Ellis said of the series. “Unfortunately, we didn’t score any runs.”The Dodgers will try to right the ship Friday, when they begin a three-game series at home against the San Diego Padres.Kershaw, who pitched a season-best 7 1/3 innings despite not having “a whole lot in the tank.” When he left the game in the eighth inning, having thrown 99 pitches, it was close and there were two runners on base.The Giants then jumped on relievers Chris Hatcher and Paco Rodriguez for two quick runs, extending their lead to 4-0. Kershaw was charged with all four runs and saw his ERA jump to 4.32.The reigning National League MVP has a 2-3 record and four no-decisions in his nine starts. He admitted the season to this point has left him frustrated.The Dodgers’ 0-6 record in San Francisco hasn’t helped.“I don’t know about mystified, but there’s a reason — they have good pitching and this is a tough place to hit,” Kershaw said. “I think those things combined can make it tough sometimes, but we’ve won here before. Just going through a little slump, I guess.”San Francisco (23-18) is now just 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers (24-16) in the National League West standings after starting the season slowly.The Dodgers got off to a hot start, thanks mostly to their offense. They had only been shut out once prior to this week and were averaging five runs per game.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he isn’t worried about his offense but, as Kershaw said, “you never want to say you’re worried.”“We want to get everybody going at the same time,” the pitcher said. “Me included. I want to get going on a roll too. Once we get everybody clicking at the same time, we should be pretty good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img SAN FRANCISCO >> Four hundred ten times before Thursday, a pitcher stood in the batter’s box against Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Four hundred ten times, the ball stayed in the ballpark.Just when it seemed as if San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner had done everything in his power to upstage Kershaw recently — pitch the Giants to a championship, claim the World Series MVP award, then beat Kershaw twice in the regular season — he did something no pitcher had ever done. He hit a home run against Clayton Kershaw.• Video: See Bumgarner hit HR off of Kershaw“Fastball right down the middle,” Kershaw said. “Should’ve had a little more respect for him, I guess.”last_img read more

Carlos Alcaraz, invited to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

first_imgThe Murcian Carlos Alcaraz, thought-about the biggest promise of Spanish tennis, is the first participant invited by the Barcelona Open BancSabadell-Trophy Conde de Godó 2020, as introduced on Tuesday the event group.Alcaraz, 16, performed his first recreation on the skilled circuit in Rio de Janeiro final February, defeating Albert Ramos, and could have the alternative to take part in its second ATP 500, between April 20 and 26, on the tracks of the RCT Barcelona-1899.The disciple of Juan Carlos Ferrero He’ll share the invoice with a few of the finest gamers in the skilled circuit, corresponding to the Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista, the Austrian Dominic Thiem, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Japanese Kei Nishikori. “Alcaraz is a participant in coaching interval who has distinctive circumstances that permit him to play towards main rivals. No person is aware of how far it might probably go, however we’re all satisfied that it will likely be far-off. And in the meantime, a event like ours can’t miss its evolution “, stated the former David Ferrer, Godó sports activities director.In 2019, with 15 years, Alcaraz made his first look in the Barcelona open, the place he fell eradicated at the palms of the Portuguese Pedro Sousa in the first recreation of the earlier section.On this season, The tennis participant of El Palmar has performed three tournaments of the Future class, with two victories (Manacor) and one remaining (Antalya), and has made his ATP debut in Rio, the place he succumbed to Federico Coria in the second spherical.The official checklist of gamers who will take part in the event might be introduced subsequent Tuesday, in the act of presentation of this new version, which might be held as regular in the Saló de Cent of the Barcelona Metropolis Council.last_img read more

Neighbourhood scuffle lands 2 in court

first_imgTwo residents of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown on Monday found themselves before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, facing charges of causing actual bodily harm and common assault.Kerwin Baksh, 33, of North Ruimveldt Squatting Area, Georgetown denied the charge which stated that on November 9, 2018 at Well Road, North Ruimveldt, n he assaulted Marcellus Gladstone causing him actual bodily harm.Meanwhile, the 55-year-old Gladstone, of Lot 3 North Ruimveldt, was also charged for assaulting Baksh at Well Road. He denied the allegation made out against him.According to the facts presented in court, both men were involved in a heated argument after Gladstone allegedly blocked the passageway of Baksh’s home. The argument escalated into a scuffle whereby Baksh reportedly hit Gladstone in the face with a brick. The matter was later reported, and the two men were cross charged.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore made no objections to bail being granted to the defendants.As a result, Magistrate Latchman granted Baksh bail in the sum of $60,000, while Gladstone was released on $10,000 bail. The matters were adjourned to November 21, 2018.last_img read more

Interpersonal violence a public security concern ꟷ Granger

first_img…admits Guyana has highest rates of femicide in CaribbeanExpressing concern over the prevalence of interpersonal violence in schools, homes and communities, President David Granger on Saturday declared the scourge a public security concern.President David GrangerThe President was at the time addressing attendees at the Guyana Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, which was held at the Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Church Street. Saturday marked their centennial celebration and with the theme being the family, Granger noted that interpersonal violence was eroding family life.“Thirty or 40 years ago, we regarded domestic violence as a private matter. A man beating his wife or a wife beating her husband was regarded as a family affair. And school fights were dismissed with the old cliché, boys will be boys. Some of the mothers beating the teachers. Things have changed. Interpersonal violence has now become a public security concern”.“It is one of the most vicious crimes in the country. It happens at wedding parties, in the hinterland, mining camps. We seem to have people who cannot resolve their differences in discussion. Some of them grew up in villages (where) they went home to see daddy beating mommy. They go to school, teachers beating children. So they believe if they have a problem, they have to beat somebody”.Granger also referred to child sexual abuse and incest as a form of violence against children. He also lamented Guyana’s relatively high rates of femicide and suicide, citing reports such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.“Domestic violence has resulted in discord, in division, and sometimes in death within families. Domestic violence involving intimate partners and spouses increased by 14 per cent, between 2011 and 2017. Females accounted for more than 80 per cent of all domestic violence victims”.“Then we have femicide, the killing of a woman or girl and Guyana has one of the highest rates of femicide in the Caribbean, according to the ECLAC study. And suicide is a social ill, a form of violence, self-inflicted. And this has had a deleterious effect on families”.The event that Granger attended saw a number of religious leaders within the church also addressing the issue of family life. The President was also presented with various literature on the topic, while a plaque was unveiled commemorating the centennial.Interpersonal violence has taken on a national prominence of recent because of high profile cases that have made their way into the public discussion through social media. In one case, a male Richard Ishmael student was caught on video brutally assaulting a female student.In another case, a teacher was violently assaulted, allegedly by the parent of one of her students, in retaliation for the purported abuse of the child while in school. It subsequently emerged that that parent was fingered in the beating of another woman at her husband’s workplace.last_img read more

Diaspora fearful Guyana could return to ‘dark days’

first_img– members of Guyanese community in NY say country could return to 1980sMembers of the Guyanese Diaspora in New York have expressed fear that Guyana might be heading down the same path it did in the 1980s, when there were dictatorial rule and economic hardship, which led to many of them leaving these South American shores to seek better lives.These were the views expressed by many of those in attendance at a meeting with former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo on Sunday in Richmond Hill, New York. Jagdeo is currently on a visit to New York, where he has been meeting with the Guyanese community there.Members of the head table at the eventThe meeting was also attended by former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government Ministers, Dr Leslie Ramsammy and Irfaan Ali. Also in attendance was Dr Peter Ramsaroop.Alluding to what is taking place now in Guyana in terms of an economic decline, the planned closure of sugar estates and hardships faced by thousands of Guyanese, some Diaspora members reminded those at the meeting of their experience and why they were forced to leave their homeland. They expressed fear that this could affect their families back home and the Government could create greater economic hardship for the people. Guyana Times understands that the more than 300 people that were in attendance at the meeting raised concerns about the management of the Guyanese economy, issues relating to crime, the sugar industry and many other topical issues facing the country.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the Guyanese diaspora in Richmond Hill, New York on SundayJagdeo used the opportunity to brief the Diaspora on Guyana’s status from an economic standpoint and pointed to areas where they could get involved. He told them that democracy was being threatened in Guyana and the lack of an economic plan and vision by the Government would severely impact the country.The former Guyanese Head of State also drew reference to a recent statement made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan who said that the local economy was being held up by arrears. Jagdeo said the Minister’s statement pointed to the fact that there were new income and revenues being generated in Guyana, apart from the 200 plus taxes that the coalition Government has put in place.He also highlighted how the major sectors in the economy were feeling the squeeze from these new tax measures. These include: mining, forestry and other key economic sectors.On Thursday, Jagdeo also appealed to the Diaspora and the International Center for Democracy (ICD), to help Guyana protect its democracy and the separation of powers locally.The former Guyanese President also used the occasion to remind the Diaspora members of the need for “far-reaching constitutional changes” in Guyana. And he has also accused the recently-formed Social Cohesion Ministry of being used in a partisan manner, “and dividing our people”.Jagdeo was adamant this Government was only focusing on oil to be the solution for Guyana. But he said, “Oil can be a blessing or a curse… Oil can cause runaway price increase for the poor.”“There is no fairness anymore,” he added.last_img read more

GECOM Chair urged to take actions against fraudulent lists

first_imgNomination Day…cautioned against engaging partisan organisationsIn about two weeks’ time, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will be hosting Nominations Day ahead of the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections, and the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is urging the body to take strong, and even criminal, actions against any party that presents a list obtained by fraudulent means.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOn Nomination Day, ahead of the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE), dozens of lists of names and signatures purporting to be backers of candidates were palpably defective because of forgeries.In fact, some the 50 persons of the Whim-Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) had their names fraudulently affixed to the backers’ lists for LGE in the Ancient County. They claimed that they were tricked into signing an Alliance for Change (AFC) nominators’ list to contest the local government polls.GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette SinghThis led the PPP to file legal actions to have the names removed. However, High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh, dismissed the cases saying that after investigations, he did not find any evidence to convince him that the nominators were forced to sign the list.As such, with preparations ongoing for the upcoming Nominations Day to be held on January 10, 2020, General Secretary of the PPP Bharrat Jagdeo is calling on the GECOM Chairperson, Retired Justice Claudette Singh to take stern action or bring in the Police on those who misled persons to go on their lists as was done in 2018.“So people who had no association with [AFC] ended up being candidates on their lists and backers of their lists. And so stern action, in fact, criminal action, is taken against any party that tries to fraudulently put people as backers and as candidates,” Jagdeo contended.In preparation for Nominations Day, GECOM earlier this month opened entries for political parties wishing to contest the 2020 polls to submit their party symbols.Parties contesting the elections are required to submit a symbol for approval by GECOM before Nominations Day.While the two main political parties, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition have been gearing up for next year’s polls, there have been the formation of several new and small parties over the past months.These include: A New and United Party (ANUG), Federal United Party (FED UP), Liberty and Justice Party (LJP), Citizenship Initiative (CI) and Change Guyana.At a press conference in November, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GECOM, Yolanda Ward, had disclosed that some 15 political parties are likely to contest the upcoming General and Regional Elections.Partisan bodiesMeanwhile, as preparations continue for polls in two months’ time, the PPP General Secretary is also urging the Elections Commission to stay away from engaging partisan bodies such as the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA).GECOM had disclosed that it will be working along with the GNBA as part of media monitoring efforts for upcoming elections.But Jagdeo believes this should be done.“GECOM should hire its own media monitoring unit and deal with it independently of any of these agencies [and] staffed by and with Boards that are partisan,” he contended.last_img read more

Fire brings out little-seen plants

first_imgLocal woodlands are incubating carpets of spindly fire poppies; Phacelia, a knee-high annual with fern-like leaves and blue flowers; and California lilac, a shrub. Unusual plants that stun even naturalists are literally born in the furnace-like flames as their seed pods split from contact with chemicals released by smoke. The canyons that border Santa Clarita – Placerita, Towsley and Whitney – have been whipped by wildfires in the past several years. They form part of the same wildlife corridor, a section of undeveloped land between the Santa Susana and San Gabriel mountains. Months or years after firestorms, moonscape-bare hills erupt with dense regrowth and profusions of colorful blooms. Flames cracked open the brittle, spindly fire poppy seeds in Placerita after the Foothill Fire. “(Seeds) can sit in the ground for decades until the fire blows through,” said Wendy Langhans, a naturalist with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. SANTA CLARITA – Everyone knows that raging wildfires can blacken miles of hillsides, incinerate whole communities and destroy the habitat for hundreds of species. But few are aware of fire’s bounty – in the form of rare wildflowers and other colorful plants that sprout up, often just briefly, years after a blaze tears through an area. “What people can see now, 2 1/2 years after the Foothill Fire in July 2004, is all these fire-following species coming up,” said Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and supervisor of the 350-acre natural park. “The species will only be here for a few more years and will disappear … It may be decades before you will be able to see them again.” Langhans will lecture on fire ecology and lead a nature walk in Placerita Canyon in April, pointing out burned areas in the process of recovery. The diminutive plant expert still marvels at the 6-foot-tall fire heart plant that towered over her near Towsley Creek two years after the Simi Fire touched down there. “I have never seen it before,” she said. One year after a burn, the plant sends up foliage; the following year, whitish-pink flowers crown the tall stalk. “It’s a monster,” she said. “It’s huge.” For more information about the nature walk, contact Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel at (661) 259-2743 or e-mail her at (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LNG project would have minimal effects on fish: DFO

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – According to a recent letter from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project would have minimal impacts on fish habitats.They believe that they can handle any problems that do occur, but do not see any larger issues potentially happening.“Based on information provided by the Proponent to date, including the revised information within their June 17, 2016 Information Request submission on proposed – 2- timing, mitigation measures, timing windows and monitoring, it is DFO’s opinion that construction related impacts to fish and fish habitat can be mitigated and subsequently has a low probability of resulting in significant adverse effects to fish and fish habitat.”The article did however say that marine life, such as mammals, could face larger problems. Especially when wanting to detect larger mammals at night and in low light.“The Proponent’s recommendation to use “proven” technologies to detect marine mammals at night and in low light conditions was due to the possibility that pile driving activities would begin at night. Originally, the Proponent had indicated that they might commence pile driving activities during the day and continue into the night. DFO’s previous advice on this methodology was that this would be acceptable as prior to commencing any pile driving activities, visual observations could be made to ensure that the marine mammal safety zone was clear of marine mammals. Once pile driving commenced, it is not expected that marine mammals would advance into the ensonified areas to a point where harm or death would occur. DFO’s review of the measures that the Proponent has proposed to detect marine mammals at night and in low light conditions has concluded that these technologies would be inadequate to determine with a reasonable level of confidence that cetaceans would be present or absent from the marine safety zone. As such, commencing pile driving activities at night represents a high risk to marine mammals. Consequently, DFO does not recommend that pile driving activities commence at night, until such time as the various mitigation measures outlined by the Proponent are implemented to the satisfaction of DFO and have been shown to effectively identify marine mammals within the safety zone prior to commencing any night time pile driving activities.”- Advertisement -The letter comes as, according to a story posted on the Globe and Mail, Environmentalists have expressed concerns that the pier would have significant problems if the LNG facility is to be built.Advertisement With files from: Brent Jang – The Globe and Mail First Nations group Lax Kw’alaams is open to supporting the project, while former Mayor Gary Reece is not in favour of the project going forward. Reece allegedly said it would have “a serious risk to the fisheries habitat and marine environment.” However, the DFO has seemed to state otherwise.last_img read more


first_imgWill Donegal be covered in snow this Christmas?Ireland’s biggest bookmaker has cast doubt on Donegal having a white Christmas.Fresh out of the Halloween period, Paddy Power has said it looks unlikely that it will snow across the county on December 25th.However Paddy Power said he is conscious of the fact that amateur weatherman Michael Gallagher lives locally. Nonetheless Paddy has put odds of 11/2 on the white stuff falling in Donegal on Christmas Day.A spokesman told Donegal Daily “As the home of the world’s most famous weather tipster, Michael Gallagher, it’s safe to say that the Donegal public have a bigger edge on the bookies than most.“However, we’re famed for putting our money where our mouth is and are putting our necks on the line at 11/2.”The following are the odds being offered by Paddy Power on places having a White Christmas for 2013 4/5 Chicago6/5 Berlin15/8 New York11/4 Glasgow3/1 Manchester 3/1 Dublin7/2 London7/2 Derry5/1 Cork 5/1 Cardiff6/1 Belfast6/1 Galway7/1 Paris10/1 Barcelona12/1 MadridBOOKIES DASH HOPES OF A DONEGAL WHITE CHRISTMAS WITH LONG ODDS! was last modified: November 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Christmas 2013donegalPaddy POwersnowlast_img read more