Mile-Hi Notes, Volume 3, Number 10

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Vol. 3 NO. 11
5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226
December 1987
An observation of the first anniversary of the
death of Minoru Yasui was held November 20th at
the Simpson United Methodist Church. Shown at
left are some of the participants of that obser-
vance. From left to right, Tom Masamori, Dr. Jim
Taguchi who served as MC, Steve Hasegawa, Bill
Funk, United Bank of Denver, Bob Sakaguchi and
Paul Shinkawa. Rev. Eijun Kujo of the Denver Bud-
dhist Temple opened the observance with a medita-
tion and Rev. Keith Sera, Simpson United Methodist
Church gave the benediction. Laurel and Iris Yasui
represented the family. The observance was very
well attended and an informal reception was held
after the ceremonies. Bob Horiuchi presented an update on the current status of the redress legislation and stated that
the U.S Senate has the legislation 'on hold' because of the unfavorable atmosphere in congress caused by the stock mar-
ket crash. While there were a large number of cosponsors of the legislation in the Senate, Bob stated that the current
letters being received by the Senators run heavily against passage of the legislation. Bob urged the audience to write
to the two Colorado Senators to maintain their support. Paul Shinkawa reported on the current status of the Writ of
Coram Nobis in behalf of Min Yasui. He stated that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an initial appeal to hear the
case. The attorneys are preparing to submit another appeal but if that is rejected, Paul feels that Min Yasuis family
and friends have done all that they could to clear his name. The other participants talked about their experiences with
Min. Mr. Funk said that he is writing a letter to Senator Wirth suggesting that Colorado consider a statue of Min be
placed in the U.S. Capital (Each state is allowed two statues and Colorado has only one now.)
Japanese Association of Colorado Special meeting of the
board, Tuesday, December 1st, 7:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
All members are urged to attend this' very important meeting.
New Years Committee The second planning and organizing
meeting of the committee will be held on Tuesday, December
1st, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. All participating organi-
zations are urged to have their representatives at this im-
portant meeting.
Mile-Hi Chapter Regular chapter meeting, Thursday, Dec-
ember, 3rd, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. Members and friends
are urged to attend this meeting because details of the
Gov. Carr observance will need to be finalized and the chap-
ter will have to settle on a officers slate for the coming
new year.
Nisei Post 183 Regular meeting of the Post, Tuesday,
December 8th, 8:00 PM at the Nisei Post. Featured at this
meeting will be a presentation to the Sunada Learning Cen-
ter by the Nisei Post. The Nisei Post make regular contri-
butions to the Center from their fund raising efforts. The
Post also announced that the Cathay Oriental Restaurant is
now open for business. Individuals or groups interested in
banquet facilities can call the restaurant management.
Denver Central Optimist Regular club meeting, Thursday,
December 10th, 7:00 PM at the China City Restaurant. There
will be a guest speaker. Optimists and friends are urged
to attend these meetings. A reminder to all Optimists to
bring all of their aluminum cans to the meetings.
Mile-Hi Chapter Observance of the 100th birthday of
Governor Ralph L. Carr, Friday, December 11th, 12:00 Noon,
at the rotunda of the Colorado State Capital Building.
This event will be followed by another observance at Sakura
Square at 2:00 PM.
MIS Veterans Club Regular club meeting, Wednesday, Dec-
ember 16th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post.
A short observance of the
100th anniversary of the
birthday of the former Colo-
rado governor will be held
at the rotunda of the Colo-
rado Capital Building. The
short ceremony will begin at
12:00 Noon. Gov. Romer's
office has been invited to
participate in this obser-
vance. Americans of Japan-
ese ancestry are especially
endebted to Gov. Carr who
was the only state governor
to openly welcome the peo-
ple who ahd been evicted
from their homes in Cali-
fornia, Oregon and Washing-
ton during World War II.

Congratulations to the Chapter sponsored volleyball team
for placing first in the Jeffco league and taking second
in the tournament. I think there's a lot more people out
in the area now who know what the letters JACL stands for.
The organization needs to sponsor similar activities in
the future. This is an excellent way to market the organi-
zation. One again congratulations to Lorraine Hisamoto
and Joyce Mizunaga and their teammates for an outstanding
On November 20, the Chapter hosted a program to reflect
back on an old friend and fellow member, Minoru Yasui. We
were honored to have Mr. Bill Funk, Paul Shinkawa ( MPDC's
past governor) and Steve hasegawa (current MPDC governor)
as guest speakers. My personal thanks to Dr. Jim Taguchi
for an outstanding job as MC. I hope that periodically
the Chapter will hold similar events to remember and remind
the community of a truly great man.
On election day, November 1988, one of the choices Colo-
radan will be faced with will to vote on "English as a Pri-
mary Language for the State of Colorado" Law. On the sur-
face, I would agree that such a measure seems innocent
enough, but there are some pitfalls and cautions that every-
one should be made aware of if such a law is passed. Over
the next few months a series of articles will appear in
this newsletter explaining some of the many concerns. I
also realize that there are opposing views and members
who support the ballot. I urge and welcome you to submit
those views in writing to either Kent Yoritomo or myself
so that we can include them in the newsletter. At some
point before the election I would like to have the Mile-Hi
Chapter take an official position on this matter.
Sorry the newsletter was late this month, but time got
away from all of us. Hope you all have a MERRY CHRISTMAS
The first measurable snowfall has finally hit our area
this year. U nfortunately, along with it, we had our first
really major air disaster at Stapleton International Air-
port. Luckily, there were some survivors, some of whom
were able to walk under their own power.
Those of who were involved in the preparations for the
Min Yasui Remembered program November 20th at the Simpson
United Methodist Church were very gratified with the won-
derful turnout that evening. Our heartfelt thanks to every-
one who assisted with the program and reception.
The book, They call Me Moses Masaoka, is now available.
This inspirational book is must reading for all of us.
For your copy, please call President Bob Sakaguchi, or
Yours Truly.
An observance of the 100th birthday for the late Gover-
nor Ralph L. Carr is definitely set for December 11, 1987
at 12:00 noon in the Rotunda of the State Capital Building,
and we hope to see you all there.
Welcome to our new members: Kazuko Tu of Fort Collins,
Laurel Yasui, daughter of the late Min Yasui, and Rob Tanaka,
son of Hank and Sachi Tanaka of Cleveland (Hand is one of
our past National JACL presidents). Rob's brother, Steve,
is a member of the Arkansas Valley JACL. Rob is a Doctor
of Veterinary Medicine with the USDA, and transferred to
the Denver area 2 months ago from from Oxford, Miss.
Great to have the three of you with us!
As I sit writing this, I am trying to recover from in-
juries received in my very first vehicle accident the other
day. Fortunately, along with my fracture (another first),
and all the bruises and contusions, there were no other
more serious injuries. See you next month!
"Official English": A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing
"The English language is the official language of the
State of Colorado". Rep. Barbara Philips (R Col. Springs)
has spearheaded the "Official English" drive here in Colo-
rado, collecting twice the number of signatures require to
insure it place in the 1988 ballot. Lacking strong legis-
lative support, and with a promise from Gov. Romer to veto
such a bill should it cross his desk, Rep. Philips instead
initiated the public drive which will result in it being
placed on the 1988 November ballot. In fact, Philips re-
jected Gov. Romer's compromise legislation, which stated
that English is the common and dominant language of the
State, she insists that it must be the "Official" langu-
age. This wording leaves tremendous latitude in the in-
terpretation of the bill. The major question regarding
Official English is "How will the legislature and courts
interpret Official English?"
As a comparison, California, which passed proposition
63 last year, requires the Governor and Legislature to
"take all steps necessary" to enhance the role of English:
while at the same time giving legal standing to any citi-
zen or person doing business in California to sue the
state to force such actions. California English, the or-
ganizztion behind Official English in Claifornia, has tar-
geted the use of other languages in dirvers license exami-
nations, welfare applications and state scholarship appli-
cations. At the same time, this legislation provides ab-
solutly no resources for helping people learn English. In
California there are over 30,000 people on waiting lists
for English classes, but few resources available for them.
Official English creates and supports the mentality that
English is "better" than other languages. None, least of
all language minorities, would deny that English is vitally
important, in fact crucial to success in this world, how-
ever this legislation creates disharmony and intergroup
tension and stigmatizes language minorities for speaking
languages other than English. If reflects our worst fears,
not our best wishes. I will discuss the ramifications of
Official English, as well as the historical roots of such
legislation, in future articles.
Richard Onizuka
Asian/Pacific Center for Human
Member, Coloradans for Language

A volunteer committee is hard at work planning
for the annual Community New Years Party to be
held at the Denver Buddhist Temple. Shown at left
some of the committee members at a recent meeting.
Standing, left to right, Dean Tsutsui, Kent Yori-
tomo, Eddie Nozawa and Suzy Asano. Front, Carrol
Tsutsui, Sherri Shibata, Tim Cleary and Debbie
Nozawa. Not shown, Gwen Kiyotake, Brian Asano
and Tom Masamori. The plan this year is to repeat
the highly successful Las Vegas Night from 7:00
to 10:00 PM and to have the New Years Eve Dance
from 10:00 PM to 1:30 AM. Music will be provided
by "Fastlane Productions" who can provide recorded
music from the 1940's to the 1980's. The cost will
be $10.00 per person, party favors and snacks included. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the committee or you
may contact any of the participating organizations; Denver Buddhist Temple, Simpson United Methodist Church, Nisei Post
#185, Denver Central Optimist, Japanese American Community Graduates Program or the Mile-Hi Chapter JACL.
The National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education is an organization of educators, researchers, human
service professionals, community workers and others interest in Asian and Pacific American (APA) education. Its pur-
poses include: 1) advocating bilingual, multicultural and other programs and policies which will improve the education
of APAs; 2) promoting the inclusion of the histories and cultures of APAs in the educational curriculum; 3) encouraging
research on APA educational topics; 4) increasing public awareness of APA educational concerns, needs and contributions;
and 5) maintaining a communications network among individuals committed to quality education for APAs.
The Association will be holding its tenth annual conference from April 7-9, 1988 at the Radisson Hotel in Denver.
The conference will feature prominent speakers, institutes and numerous sessions. For more information about the con-
ference, contact Dr. Siri Vongthieres, Conference Co-Chair at (303) 866-6784.
The conference organizers are actively soliciting proposals for paper, panel and workshop presentations on a wide
variety of topics related to APA education. If interested in making a presentation at the conference, contact Dr.
Russell Endo, Program Committee Chair, at (303) 443-9587.
jnal reception Was hel.
Til Taguchi, F
. Thanks also to
Some of the scenes at the observance
for Min Yasui. At left, Dr. James Tagu-
chi who served as Master of Ceremonies.
At right, representing the Yasui family,
Laurel and Iris Yasui and Gail Ching Lee-
Speaking for the family, Iris expressed
her gratitude to the people who attended
the observance. An announcement was also
made that the annual Mile-Hi Chapter
scholarship will be renamed the Minoru
Yasui Memorial Scholarship as a continuing
tribute. After the ceremonies, an infor-
Mile-Hi members served pot-luck baked items and drinks. Thanks to Ruth Yamauchi, Lil Masamori,
Terry Sato and many others for their efforts in planning and coordinating the reception,
bby Wakumoto, Jess Masunaga, Joe Akiyama, George Masunaga and many others for their help in
clearing the fellowship hall. At left, Ron Taoka,
Don Lum, Judy Jung and Dr. Sumlko Hennessy. Don and
Judy are very active in the Organization of Chinese
Americans (OCA). Dr. Hennessy is the director of
the Asia Pacific Center for Human Development. Ron
is a member of Mile-Hi. Thanks also to the Simpson
United Methodist Church for the use of their facili-
ties and to the Reverands Joseph Sakakibara and Keith
Sera for their help. Thanks also to Mr. Bill Funk
for taking the time to participate. Special thanks
to Paul and,Gloria Shinkawa and Tammy for traveling
from Texas to attend and to Steve hasegawa for coming
in from Omaha.

Here is the Mile-Hi Chapter sponsored volley-
ball team, the 'Kamikazes' shown after conclusion
of a very successful season winning first place in
the league standings and runner-up in the league
tournament. Back row, standing, from left to right
Ken nakamura, Ron Matsushima, Ken Takahashi, Steve
Szekula and Glenn Sapp. Front, Karen Miller, Lor-
raine Hisamoto, Joyce Mizunaga, Naomi Hisamoto and
Wendy Mizunaga. The players are holding their 1st
Place league plaques and the tournament trophy is
just in front of Lorraine who served as the team
manager. The team plays a very well organized game
which capitalizes on the quickness of the ladies
and the men provide the spikingpower. The finals
of the tournament was played in one' night add the
Kamikazes were handicapped by playing and winning'
the first match and then having to wait out the
next match to determine their opponent for the
championship. This long wait after a tough preceeding match took its toll. But there is still hope for the Kamikazes
because they will enter the state volleyball tournament. Come out and support your team!
Well it is again that time of year when the Mile-Hi Chap-
ter begins its annual search for a list of candidates for
the various offices. And again, I have to say that the task
becomes more difficult each time. Which, frankly, comes as
surprise and an extreme disapointment to those of us who"
have labored for the past few years. On balance, I believe
that a case can be made that the chapter has turned around
and that it has been more active and has sponsored more
meaningful activities than in the past which was the prime
criticism, that the chapter never did anything. And then
there is the argument that the reasons for an organization
such as the JACL are no longer valid, and I shared that view
at one time. That by blending in with the majority and by
keeping out of trouble that we as Asian Americans will be
left to pursue our destiny. But events around us tells us
that we wont be left alone. On the slightest pretext such
as the trade imbalance with Japan or Korea, latent ethnic
prejudices surface and we Asian Americans become a conve-
nient and visible target.
Now we are not so naive to say that just because the
Mile-Hi Chapter exists that that fact alone will make things
better. But we are saying that the chapter provides the
needed focus for political action. Because we are so few
in number, the only way that we can make ourselves heard is
by a concerted voice. The Japanese Americans in the Denver
metropolitan area have a dilemma in that there are so many
organizations competing for talent. These organizations
also provide a social outlet and a chance for participating
in group activities and all that is for the greater good.
But none of these organizations, on close examination, have
a charter broad enough to focus our actions in times of need.
And, that is why we feel that the Mile-Hi Chapter merits
and needs your support.
Bob Sakaguchi has formed a nominations committee which
is calling upon the membership to accept cabinet positions
within the chapter. Please give these industrious people
your full attention and make a careful consideration if
you can spare the time and effort needed to make this our
Chapter a great one! Remember that we need your help.
Our annual ad campaign for the Holiday Issue of the PC
has been concluded with the results not as good as last
year but the chapter should net a sizable commission. The
tough economic times in this area had its effect and also
the fact that most local businesses realize that they will
not benefit materially from national advertising caused
some concerns to not take out ads. Our sincere thanks how-
ever to the individuals and businesses who did. Our thanks
also to the hard working crew of Jim and Til Taguchi, Terry
Sato, Tom and Lil Masamori, Bob Sakaguchi and Ruth Yama-
uchi for their fine efforts in contacting all of the mem-
bers and concerns who took out ads last year. To those
who did take out ads and have not yet paid for them, you
can send a check $11 per column inch) made out to the
Mile-Hi Chapter and sent to Kent Yoritomo, 5946 W. Iowa f
Lakewood, CO 80226.
Mile-Hi Chapter JACL
5946 W. iowa PI.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Mrs. True Yasui
1150 S. Williams St.
Denver, CO 80210