Profile: Ken Noma & Lillian Nakamura Maguire

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  1. Dan Tokawa says:

    I hope that KN was drunk on somethng when he mouthed that (I paraphrase) “the entire nisei generation leadership across canada stifled the sansei generation on the Redress initiative”.

    If he had narrowed his criticism to collaborators who facilitated the internment and did not wish their judgement revealed or questioned in hindsite, then his statement may have been less innocuous – perhaps.

    Whether it was intentional or by chance, the biography and photo of Charles Kadota opposite the NAJC interview in the Bulletin was revealing for Charlie Kadota, a Nisei, was one, if not the most important leader of the Redress campaign in Va?ncouver in my opinion.

    The book “Toronto Redress Story” also indicates the Nisei were heavily involved in Redress.

    One hopes that the ongoing plans of the NAJC regarding the “yonsei” is not based upon similar erroneous generalizations and considers a broad base of opinion.

  2. Dan Tokawa says:

    KN’s opinion that (I paraphrase) “the entire nisei generation leadership across canada stifled the sansei generation on the Redress initiative” is very disturbing in light of his new NAJC position.

    If his criticism had focused on the small number of sympathizers of the Meiji/Taisho group, or the collaborators who helped the RCMP or worse during the internment who did not wish their judgement questioned in hindsite, then his statement may have been l?ess innocuous – perhaps.

    I note that the biography and photo of Charles Kadota was placed opposite the NAJC interview in question. Charlie Kadota, a Nisei, was one of the most important leaders during the Redress campaign in Vancouver.

    The book “Toronto Redress Story” also credits the many Nisei heavily involved in the campaign there.

    One hopes that the ongoing priorities and planning of the NAJC vis a vis “yonsei” is not based upon similar generalizations but considers the remarks of a broader base of people instead of the echo of the “star chamber”.

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