加藤 さくら

(かとう・さくら)

サクラ・カトウさんは、全米日系人博物館および日系弁護士協会の2014年ニッケイ・コミュニティ・インターンです。インターンとして、彼女は主に、日系アメリカ人の法律専門家の遺産を記録する活動を行っています。また、彼女は誇り高きトロージャン(南カリフォルニア大学のスポーツチームの呼称。しばしば同大学生の呼称として使われる)であり、南カリフォルニア大学で歴史を学ぶ傍ら、法科大学院進学のための準備をしています。

(2014年7月 更新)

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ニッケイ物語#3 — ニッケイ人の名前:太郎、ジョン、フアン、ジョアオ?

日本名でアメリカに育つということ

私の名前は、サクラ・カトウです。ただのサクラ・カトウです。ミドルネームも英語名も、日系アメリカ人としてのアイデンティティがわかるような名前は付いていません。「アシュリー」や「クリスティン」といった名前の友人たちと違い、子供の頃、名前入りマグカップやキーホルダーの中に、自分の名前を見つけられたことはありませんでした。私の名前は、「NARUTO-ナルト-」や「カードキャプターさくら」といったアニメの中にのみ存在しました。学校の出席確認の時は、いつも鼓動が早くなり、顔は真っ赤になり、臨時教師がまた私の名前を間違えるのではないかと恐れていました。

サクラ・カトウという名前なので ...

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The Nikkei Community Internship: Strengthening the Future of the Three Remaining Japantowns

It is incredible to imagine that there had been a staggering 43 Japantowns throughout the nation at one point in time. However, when Pearl Harbor was bombed and Executive Order 9066 was signed, the once populous Japanese American communities began to disappear.

Now, only three recognized Japantowns are left in the United States—Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, Nihonmachi in San Francisco, and Japantown in San Jose.

These remaining historic relics of the Japanese American community are spaces that physically capture the hopes of the immigrant generation, the injustices of the war period, and the progressivism of the Sansei in ...

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The JABA Legacy Project: Two Generations of Pioneering Judges in the Nikkei Community

Judge A. Wallace Tashima: A Judge Who Looks Like Us

Living in the bleak barracks of a WWII concentration camp, the young Judge A. Wallace Tashima could sense “a dark atmosphere [in American society], that there was something sinister about being Japanese.”

Because all persons of Japanese ancestry were branded as “un-American” and “subversive,” Tashima grew up during a time when Japanese Americans like himself could not be conceived as judges.

Yet in becoming the first Japanese American elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Judge Tashima has successfully proven otherwise and now upholds the promises of the Constitution that were once denied to him and the entire Japanese ...

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The JABA Legacy Project: Two Generations of Pioneering Judges in the Nikkei Community

Judge Fred J. Fujioka: Honoring our Past and Empowering our Future - Part 2

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Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling  

Over the 17 years that he practiced as an attorney, both in the Public Defender’s Office and in private practice, he recalls being one of very few Japanese American criminal defense attorneys.

“I did everything from drunk driving trials to death penalty trials. I wasn’t afraid. I would try anything. And so to me, to be able to be a criminal defense attorney was real important because it broke the stereotype of the quiet Asian,” Fujioka said.

Yet in being one of the few Japanese American criminal defense attorneys in the ...

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The JABA Legacy Project: Two Generations of Pioneering Judges in the Nikkei Community

Judge Fred J. Fujioka: Honoring our Past and Empowering our Future - Part 1

On January 7, 1951, Moto Hayami held her newborn grandson in her arms and prophetically said, “Fred is going to be the lawyer of the Fujioka family.”* 

Indeed, Judge Fred J. Fujioka of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County has fulfilled his grandmother’s expectations in becoming not only the “lawyer of the Fujioka family,” but also the community organizer, the political activist, and last but not least, the judge of the Fujioka family.

A Long Line of Japanese American Legacies

Judge Fujioka hails from a long line of Japanese American legacies that he proudly showcases inside his chambers ...

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