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Mitsuye Endo Tsutsumi deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Who was Mitsuye Endo Tsutsumi?  And why are Japanese American organizations, The Washington Post, her family, and others asking President Biden to recognize her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Buried in the history of...

Remembering Tony Lee: The consummate advocate

It was with a deep sense of sadness that I felt with the passing of Tony Lee who died on November 12, 2020 after a long deteriorating battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly...

The end of an era—Larry Gossett steps down from the King County Council

With the expiration of his last term on the King County Council, the curtain falls on Larry Gossett’s devotion to “serving the people”, a commitment served over 50 years, about half of which was...

A 50-year history of InterIm CDA: 1969 – 2019

The International District is an urban, richly ethnic neighborhood, the long-established cultural home for Seattle’s Pan-Asian American community. It is the only neighborhood in America where Chinese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants settled together. When...

Herzig-Yoshinaga, 92, Dies: Researcher and Activist Played Vital Role in Redress, Coram Nobis Cases

This obituary appeared on July 19, 2018 in the Pacific Citizen, the National Newspaper of the JACL and has been edited for space. Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga was instrumental in the Japanese American Redress Movement, thanks to...

Remembering Shuko Y. Hara (1915-2018): “A long and productive life”

“She lived a long and productive life.” Former King County Assessor Lloyd Hara spoke lovingly of his mother, Shuko, who passed away at the age of 103 on June 10, 2018, in Hockessin, New...

The community’s way of saying, ‘Thanks, Denise’

The following is republished from the April 1978 issue of the International Examiner to remember Denise Louie, a young Chinese-American activist who played an integral role in revitalizing Seattle’s Chinatown International District. Louie was...

Profile: Bob Santos is one of our community’s legends

The following is a profile of “Uncle” Bob Santos written by Gary Iwamoto for Uncle Bob’s 75th birthday in February 2009. Gary Iwamoto collaborated with Santos on his autobiography, "Hum Bows, Not Hot Dogs,"...

Column: Caught in the crossfire

We must never forget

The history of the International Examiner

Think back to June 1974—nearly 40 years ago. Richard Nixon was struggling to save his presidency. Impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives were in its second month. Watergate was still fresh in...