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Vol. XIU No. 3
Nisei participating in
the national JACL oratorical
and essay contests are being
asked to talk about 12 min-
utes *or write a thousand
words on the theme. "What
JACL Mean to Me." If a
youngster (contest is limit-
ed to Japanese Americans be-
tween the ages of 16 and 21)
were to ask us, we'd empha-
size first the basic philo-
sophy of JACL. Without
touching upon this fundamen-
tal concept, what JACL has
done and may do in the fu-
ture may appear shallow,
America, as we all know,
is a land of many faiths, of
people who come from all
corners of the earth and
whose skins range in color
from black to white. It has
been a constant challenge to
American democracy to see
that all have a change to
secure what has been pro-
claimed in the Declaration
of Independence? "Life, li-
berty and the pursuit of
happiness," even though we
know this American ideal
still awaits complete reali-
Central theme of American
heritage is the importanc
of the individual person.
Every human being has an es-
sential dignity and integri-
ty that must be repecte d
and safeguarded and that his
welfare is the final goal
of group l'ife. It means
each man must be willing to
respect the rights of other
men. It means recognition
of a basic moral principle
all men are created free and
equal. Stemming from this
principle is the obligation
to build social institutions
that will guarantee equality
to all men. Without that,
freedom becomes an illusion.
Thus, our society accords
respect, influence or reward
to each of Its citizens on
the quality of his personal
character and of his social
This concept of equality
is most vital as America has
no kinship with notions of
human uniformity or regimen-
tation. In our land men are
equal, but they are free to
be different. From these
very differences among its
people has come the great
human and national strength
of America,
This, then, is our way of
starting the theme of "What
JACL Means to Me," It is a
broad basis on which all Am-
ericans stand regardless
of the factors of race,
creed or color. Take that
away and you have no basis
for JACL. How well the
younger generation can state
it personally and convinc-
ingly might determine the
difference between first and
second prize,
Protesting the "seeming
discrimination against the
Japanese implicit in the
State Department proposal
of March 28, submitted on
behalf of the administration
to compensate at least in
part only Germans, and not
Japanese, for their wartime
vested private party," Mike
Masaoka, Washington repre-
sentative of the JACL, wrote
President Eisenhower last
The JACL Letter pointed
out that "during and after
World War II, our Government
sequestrated the private
property of both Germans and
Japanese. Now, 13 years
after the end of* hostilities
and at a time when both the
Federal Republic of Germany
and the New Japan are stra-
tegic partners in the free
world community, we cannot
understand the reasoning
that distinguishes between
Germans and Japanese for
what is equivalent to the
partial returning of these
seized assets only to Ger-
The letter then comment-
ed that the "JACL has con-
sistently advocated, since
the end of World War II, the
complete return or full com-
pensation in lieu thereof of
this vested private property
to both Germans and Japanese
on the same equitable basis'.'
*Decwer, Colorado Apr'\\ *958
installation of
Steve Osuga, a pre-den
student at D, u. was elected
as President of the NICC for
1958-59* The new cabinet
officers ares Norman Yabe.,
DU; Carl Yorimoto, CU; Rich-
ard Yamaguchi, CU; Bev Tani,
CU; Dave Furukawa, CU; Doro-
thy Okazaki, DU; Marian Fami
iya, CSU; and Allan Tani, CU,
A large audience heard
Father A. B, "Pat" Patterson
of C. U. deliver an inspir-
ing address titled "Tranqui-
lizers or Tranquility," Fa-
ther Pat commented on the
volume of tranquilizers con-
sumed by the American public
and suggested a substitution
of "restrictive discipline
with love" in place of a
"self-deterministic" psycho-
logy as a remedy to the sit-
uation, "Self-determinism",
Father Pat explained, "al-
lows the individual, and es-
pecially the child, free
rein to all actions and de-
sires with no regard to dis-
cipline." Father Pat con-
cluded that "the test of
your greatness is how big
your heart is, and not how
big your bank account is."
"Self-respect is the first
step toward achieving great-
ness," Don Tokunaga served
as toastmaster at the ban-
With the aid and coopera-
tion of the Mile-Hi JACL, an
informal seminar aptly term-
ed "Buzz Sessions" was ini-
tiated. Bob Maruyama coor-
dinated the program and Bob
Horiuchi acted as chairman
of the panel.
Panel members prominent
in their professions were?
Jim Okazaki and Min Y&sui,
attorneys; Joe Ariki, Reiko
Yoshihara and Bob Maruyama,
teachers; John Masunaga ana
Tak Terssakl, pharmacists;
Lloyd Shinsato, Asst. City
Attorney; Kaz Kanda, Asst.
Chief Liaison Engineer at
Martin; Carl Amano. research
engineer; Bill Nitta, Bur-
eau of Reclamation: Floyd
Tanaka, architect ana Acting
Head of the City Planning
Commission: Sam Kumagal,
CPA; Art Abe, sales execu-
tive with Minneapolis Hon-
eywell; Bill Hosokawa, Asst,
Managing Editor Denver
Post; Bob Horiuchi, State
Dept, of Revenue; Dr. F. Ko-
bayashl, medicine; and Dr.
Tony Kawano, dentistry.
Seiji Horiuchi, agronomist
and President of the Colora-
do Junior Chamber of Commer-
ce, and Bob Sakata, agricul-
ture, conducted a field trip
at Brighton,

Qg.twtt.r Colorado
Rage 2.
by S am Hatasaka
Harrison S. Brown, in his
keynote speech of United Na-
tions Week at the University
of Colorado, stated that
"Japans problem of eking
out an existence will even-
tually force her into total-
itarian form of government
following in the footsteps
of China," "India will fol-
low eventually."
It appears that Russia's
policy of offering food and
Jobs has outdone the U. S.
policy of offering its demo-
cratic ideology.
Tamotsu Maruyama states
in his Pacific Citizen arti-
cle that "Japan is politi-
cally and economically at a
crisis whether to stay
with the Western world or
smile and gain the friend-
ship of the Communist bloc
of Soviet Russia." "Japan-
ese workers cannot eat with
their present wages."
"Russia wants to have a
peace treaty with Japan so
she does everything she can
to stir up communistic in-
fluences in Japan." "Russia
already has gained a bridge-
head in Japan, and many of
her agents are coming in
quietly to man her many sub-
versive activities."
"Japan's recent trade
agreement with Red China was
a part of retaliation again-
st the U.S," "She has lost
the confidence of National-
ist China and other Asian
nations." "Japan is in hot
water and in an uneasy
state." "Some Japanese
teachers are trying to
communism among
ool chiloren, the
children are very
haved and Japan's
al family system has crumb-
"Sex crimes and Juvenile
delinquency are increasing."
James Michener, well
known author, writes that,
"either India, Japan, or
China will eventually lead
Asia," "Japan is a question
mark." "Japan's present ac-
quiescent posture under mil-
itary occupationis no auto-
matic guarantee of any abid-
ing affinity for the U.S."
"She has her own national
destiny to pursue."
All this points out a ra-
ther bleak picture of pre-
sent day Japan. It seems
incredible how her social
patterns have changed since
the end of the war. Her po-
litical state is very shaky.
Japan's uneasy state adds
to the complexity of the in-
ternational situation. As
Senator John Kennedy stated,
recently in Denver, "we are
in a crisis the Russian
Sputniks did not begin it -
the American Explorer did
not end it." The next fifty
years should be the most in-
teresting saga of all his-
House of Representatives
Washington, D, C,
April 9, 1958
Mr. John Masunaga
Mile-Hi JACL
1225 20th Street
Denver, Colorado
Dear Mr. Masunaga*
The Congressional Easter Recess gives me the first
spell I have had in many weeks to thank you more formally
and Mr. Terasaki, and Mr. Kanegaye for your extraordinary
thoughtfulness and courtesy in wanting to prepare and pre-
sent to me s~nice a letter on the occasion of my visit to
Denver on Lincoln Day.
Various members of the JACL in half a dozen cities
have gone out of their way to express their appreciation
for my efforts in getting the exclusion provisions removed
from our Immigration and Naturalization Laws. Nothing has
warmed my heart more than your taking this public occasion
to express in so friendly a way your gratitude. It is
good that when your Japanese Mothers and Fathers brought
you up as good Americans, they also kept you from losing
the courtesy of Japan)
Again, my sincere thanks,
of you and your associates.
and very best wishes to all
Walter H. Judd
by Roy M\kawa
We have noted with grow-
ing satisfaction, a trend in
the United States towards a
pattern of living featuring
an Oriental theme, and-as a
Nisei-greater recognition
among our fellow Americans,
not only for whatever accom-
plishments we may have ach-
ieved personally, but also
for the somewhat nebulous
distinction of "knowing ev-
erything about Japanese cus-
toms- and foods."
Unfortunately, in our
case, that distinction has
very little basis in fact;
However, since there are so
many of us in the same pred-
icament, we feel it is a
bond-negative to be sure,
but still a bond-which draws
Americans of Japanese ances-
try closer together.
Organizations of various
sorts tend to strengthen
this bond. While we do not
advocate the complete with-
drawal of our racial group
to the extent of clannish-
ness and consequently to the
detriment of our present
highly successful racial in-
tegration, we feel a certain
amount of activities devoted
to the nisei and Sansei gr-
oups should be encouraged.
About a year ago, a cer-
tain Nisei professor of sem-
antics, when asked to speak
before a group of California
Nisei collegians declined on
the grounds that the perpet-
uation of racial cliques was
a deterrent to racial inte-
gration and therefore he
would be doing an injustice
not only to himself but to
all Americans of Japanese
ancestry by appearing before
such a group.
We feel the professor did
himself a grave injustice by
refusing to speak to the
Nisei collegians on such
flimsy reasoning. If one
were to assume that immedi-
ately after the Conference,
the students would hurry
home, meet with no one else
but their fellow Nisei and
Sansei collegians and there-
by perpetuate the myth
racial superiority, then the
professor's reasoning was
undoubtedly correct. How-
ever, we feel that these
collegians met for construc-
tive purposes, seeking ans-
wers to questions peculiar
to the everyday living ex-
periences of Americans of
Japanese heritage.
Organizations such as the
JACL serve the same worth-
while purpose. By consoli-
dating the solutions to var-
ious problems through exper-
ience, a vast reservoir of
knowledge is made available
to the forthcoming genera-
tion stepping out into the
business and social world.
April, 19&8
We feel newspapers are
one of the strongest sources
of expression availably tc
the public today. In Denver
we have several dozen news-
papers ranging from private
house organs to huge commer-
cial ventures, but only one
Japanese vernacular. In re-
cent years, the coverage and
reading material of this
paper has steadily deterio-
rated, from the Nisei read-
ing public's viewpoint. The
reason for this deteriora-
tion can be attributed to a
number of reasons, but in
our opinion the desire to
achieve cohesion through an-
onymity following World War
II was the prime contribut-
ing factor toward the dec-
line of news sources without
which no newspaper can sur-
With the recent resur-
gence of interest in Orien-
tal culture, we feel and
hope the fortunes of a news-
paper slanted toward the in-
terests of the Nisei and
Sansei will also share in
the progress being made by'
Americans of Japanese ances-
Bill Hosokawa began the
discussions by saying that
much can be expected from
the Nisei and Sansei, and
urged the students not to be
discouraged when promotion
and recognition may seem
slow. Dr. Kobayashi stress-
ed the importance of speak-
ing and writing well and in-
formed the group that oppor-
tunities in medical technol-
ogy and medical secretaries
are very good. Dr. Kawano
stated that the majority of
his patients are Caucasians
and his practice Is based on
mutual trust and confidence.
Art Abe and Bill Nitta both
agreed that ability is what
counts on the supervisory
level. Carl Amano encour-
aged the students to be hon-
est with themselves when
choosing a profession, what
you like and not what is
most lucrative.
John Masunaga urged the
students to get part time
Jobs related to their fields
for experience. Floyd Shin-
sato reported that he was
judged solely on the results
he achieved and added that
the Nisei should participate
in the political party actir
vities of the U. S.
In summarizing, Bob Hor-
iuchi pointed out that Ike
Yoshlno of President Eisen-
hower's Committee on employ-
ment and Government Con-
tracts would be more than
interested in investigating
any Instances of discrimina-
tion. Such incidents should
be brought to the attention
of your local JACL chapter.
Bob hopes to see more Nisei
successful on the supervi-
sory level.

April, \958 , Colorado pa^e 5
At the traditional banquet of the NICC collegians, held Father A, B. "Pat" Patterson of CU delivered an inspiring
at the Albany Hotel, Ted Saito, president 1957-58, deliv- address titled "Tranquilizers or Tranquility". Father
ered a welcoming speech to collegians who had come from "Pat" concluded his speech saying "the test of your great-
colleges and universities from all over the state. ness is how big your heart is, and not how big your bank

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Denver, Co\oracio
AprW, \9S
CHATTER Nice confab
* Three C.U. coeds were in
an auto which plunged into
Boulder Creek April 14th.
The driver, Jeanette Tagawa,
18, of Denver, was bruised
and suffered shock. Miss
Tagawa pulled into a parking
area and started to make a
U-turn half way up Boulder
Canyon, She became confused
when a car approached. Her
car went down a 56 foot em-
bankment and landed in the
creek without overturning,
* Nancy Kishiyama was one
of the five Western State
College coeds that tumbled
over Monarch Pass, April 7*
on their return to Gunnison
from Denver. Luckily, one
5f the coeds foresaw the
danger and Jumped out of the
car before it slipped over
300 feet. If she hadn't re-
mained on the road to get
help, the other five, in-
cluding Nancy, might have
been unnoticed until the
next morning, for the other
five girls were unable to
climb back to the road. No
one was seriously injured.
* Miyoshi Umeki certainly
looked tiny among those
other big, tall Hollywood
stars. Her acceptance spee-
ch for her Oscar was one of
the best of the night. An-
other gal making good is Pat
Suzuki, Her album impressed
the nations top disc jockeys
at their recent convention.
For our male readers, there
is a picture of Japan's
female Elvis Presley in the
last issue of Playboyl
* On May 10th the Brighton
Nisei women will hold their
Installation Dinner at the
Lotus Room.
* Dr. & Mrs.Fujisaki have
returned from their three
day trip to Las Vegas. They
attended the golf tournament
* Yaeko Horiuch and Tom
Kishiyama will be engaged in
the very near future.
* Mr. & Mrs. Yoshimura of
Denver, announced the en-
gagement of* their daughter,
Reiko to Mitch Hamai, son of
Mr. & Mrs. Hamai.
* Mr. & Mrs. H. Nlshi of
Kersey announced the engager
ment of their daughter, Mly-
oko to Jack Urata, son of
Mr. & Mrs. K. Murata of
* Mr. & Mrs. S. Sato an-
nounced the engagement of
their daughter, Shirley to
Ken Hori'uchi.
* A bouncing new baby boy
was born to Mr. & Mrs. Paul
Okada of Fort Collins. Kiric
Shigeru was a healthy baby
of 5lbs. and lloz.
The Nisei Collegiate Con-
ference climaxed a success-
ful three day conclave with
a banquet and dance at the
Albany Hotel, Saturday,
April 26. The conference
was termed a success through
the efforts of President Ted
Saito and his able, hard-
working cabinet, representa-
tives and advisers; Min Ya-
sui, Bob Maruyama, Reiko Yo-
shihara and Sam Matsumoto,
all active JACLers.
Large crowds prevailed at
both the Friday night mixer
and the dance. Hostesses,
led by Evelyn Kodama (CSC),
were busy making formal in-
troductions throughout the
Eight teams from CSC
(Greeley), CSU (Ft. Collins),
DU, and CU played in a spir-
ited, hard fought basketball
tournament. CU #2 copped
first place with CSU #1 tak-
ing second place honors.
Richard Cushne, CSU, was
named outstanding player.
At the bowling tourney
Sunday afternoon at Dahlia
Lanes, Jan Morita (CSU) and
Denny Yasuhara (CU) took
home first place trophies in
their respective divisions.
Mae Suzuki, daughter of
Mrs. Y. Suzuki, became the
lovely bride of Dr. Koji
Kanai on March 30th.
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