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Arcadia Appoints First Japanese American as New Police Chief

Arcadia

Arcadia, a city in California known as a Japanese incarceration site during World War II, has appointed its first Japanese American police chief.

History in the making: The city made history last week after Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto appointed Capt. Roy Nakamura, 56, as the new police chief, according to Patch. The 28-year department veteran will take over for retiring Chief Robert T. Guthrie, who will vacate the position on Jan. 9 after 31 years of service.

Statue of Japanese American Civil Rights Icon Vandalized in Oakland

Frank Ogawa

Amid the Oakland protests occurring over the weekend, the bust of civil rights leader and former city councilmember Frank Hirao Ogawa was defaced.

According to CBS Local News, Officer Johnna Watson noted an estimate of about 700 demonstrators who were a part of a “peaceful march Saturday night,” but come nightfall, some started to splinter off until there were peaceful protestors and those who started to smash windows, spray graffiti and point lasers at officers.

11 Reasons Why Quarantine is NOTHING Like When Americans Were Forced Into Concentration Camps

Japanese Concentration Camps

Amid the country’s stay-at-home orders to contain the mass spread of the coronavirus, several claims from right-wing pundits and politicians have emerged, comparing quarantine to Japanese concentration camps from WWII.

One America News (OAN) host, Graham Ledger, for one, labeled the stay-at-home orders a “conspiracy” by Democrats, according to the video and transcript from Media Matters.

Iconic Activist Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga Who Called Out the U.S. Government’s Racism in WWII Dies at 93

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, the Japanese-American political activist who persuaded Congress to approve reparations for her fellow inmates of World War II internment camps, has died at age 93.

According to Manzanar Committee co-chair Bruce Embrey, Herzig-Yoshinaga died on July 18 at her home in Torrance, California, the Associated Press reported.

Disturbing Photos Reveal How the U.S. Treated Japanese-Americans During WWII

Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. rounded up roughly 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry (62% of whom were U.S. citizens) and forced them into internment camps. The executive order was issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942.

Before they were detained, Japanese Americans had to register themselves. They were then forced to follow strict rules including curfews and travel restrictions. Soon after, thousands of Asian Americans were forced to close their businesses, leave their work, and abandon their homes to be relocated to internment camps called “relocation centers”.