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Japanese Issei and their Nisei children in front of the Japanese Association Hall that they helped raise funds to build.  The Hall is still standing and still in use by the community as an Asian arts center.  Photo from the Larry Oda Collection
Japanese Americans, Hibakusha, and Nuclear Weapons: Linking Past and Present


Aug 1, 2020 05:12 PM

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David Yamada
David Yamada lived in Pasadena, CA prior to his family’s forced removal to the Gila, AZ concentration camp during WWII. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science at UC Berkeley and received his Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Santa Barbara. He is professor emeritus of Monterey Peninsula College, Political Science Department, where he taught 1971-1998. He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University in Japan 1986-1987. He was a Senior Policy Director for the Panetta Institute for Public Policy 2000-2003. He served as an adjunct professor at Monterey Institute of International Studies 1979-1996 and at California State University at Monterey Bay 1990-1993 where he was awarded the "Distinguished Fellow in Education" in 1999. In 1995, he published “The Japanese of the Monterey Peninsula: Their History & Legacy 1895-1995” in collaboration with the Japanese American Citizens League of the Monterey Peninsula. He lives in Monterey, California with his wife, Katherine.
Larry Oda
Larry Oda was born in a Justice Department Internment Camp in Crystal City, Texas during World War II and lives in Monterey, California. He was educated in Monterey City Schools and earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from California State University, Fresno. Larry is Chair Emeritus of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation and served two terms as the National President of the Japanese American Citizens League. He has served on the National Board of the Buddhist Churches of America as a Delegate At Large, and President of the Coast District Council, and is currently a Trustee of the Big Sur Land Trust. After 27 years with the City of Salinas, California, Larry retired as the Maintenance Superintendent and Administrative Hearing Officer. His interests include US/Japan Relations, Auto Restoration, and Golf.
Arlington “Arly” La Mica
Arlington La Mica was born in San Francisco, CA where his father was serving in the US Army. By the time he was 10 years old, his family had lived in California, Texas, Alaska, Colorado, and then back to California. He graduated from Carmel High School and then studied at the University of San Francisco where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Government with an emphasis in Asian Studies. He was commissioned in the US Air Force Reserve through the ROTC Program where he served for two years and then spent 18 years in the US Navy Reserves as an Intelligence Officer. He has been employed with the Federal Government for 27 years and has been in his field for 35 years. He currently serves as either an officer or director for six non-profit organizations. He has been volunteering with the City of Seaside for 17 years and is married to Pam, an Oncology Nurse.