Japanese internment explored in ‘Blossoms and Thorns’

March 30, 2017 12:22 PM
Japanese internment explored in ‘Blossoms and Thorns’

Just before Pearl Harbor was attacked, Flora Ninomiya’s family had established a cut-flower business in Richmond. As historian Howard Zinn put it, “One Congressman [Mississippi Democrat] John Rankin] said: ‘I’m for catching every Japanese in America, Alaska and Hawaii now and putting them in concentration camps…Damn them! Let’s get rid of them now!’” The film “Blossoms and Thorns” tells this story from many points of view, including those of families in California like Ninomiya’s who owned cut-flower businesses before incarceration. The history is harrowing. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, “giving the army the power… […]

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A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

March 16, 2017 11:31 AM
A CENTURY’S JOURNEY

Bay Area’s Betty Reid Soskin tells the story of a lifetime: 95 years of making history “I escaped the fate of my sister,” Betty Reid Soskin told her audience at the Rosie the Riveter Park on March 2, speaking of being hired as a file clerk at the age of 20 at a time when working as a domestic or a teacher were the only employment options for women of color. “It was like being the first person in your family to go to college at the present time,” Soskin said. She said that when she was at work she […]

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BCC celebrates new issue of literary magazine

March 2, 2017 8:13 AM
BCC celebrates new issue of literary magazine

The release of Milvia Street, Berkeley City College’s annual art and literary journal, took place on the evening of Feb. 10 in the Berkeley City College Auditorium. Authors portrayed their work on stage in front of images from the magazine that flashed behind them and Fungai Gora infused the event with enthusiasm as the emcee. The presentation closed with a memorial reading for Paul Elias Taylor that included one of Paul’s poems from the 2016 journal, “Across the Fruited Plain.” Faculty Leader Sharon Coleman and the Milvia Street Club expect readers to appreciate the variety and high quality of the […]

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