Mile-Hi Notes, Volume 4, Number 3

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Vol. 4 No. 3 5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226 March 1988
The Mile-Hi Chapter is sponsoring a Spring Recital featuring Asian students from the University of Colorado at Boul
der. The recital was suggested by Prof. Kuniaki Hata from the School of Music at Colorado. The recital will feature
vocal and instrumental selections, both classical and popular. Shown at top row, from left to right, Prof. Hata,
Jodi Kimura, alto, from Maui, Hawaii, Travis S. Yamamoto, pianist, from Brighton, CO, Kyoung Hee Youn Kang, soprano,
from Incheon, South Korea, Yoo-Sun Lee, violin, from Seoul, South Korea. Bottom row, Kuniyo Yahiro, soprano from
Fukuoka, Japan, Eun-Joung Choe, pianist, from Seoul, South Korea, David Youngsun Jo, baritone, from Seoul, South Ko-
rea, Mayumi Nakamura, pianist, from Mito, Japan and Mrs. Chung Hee Shinn, soprano, from South Korea. The recital
will be held on Sunday, March 6th, beginning at 2:00 PM at the Denver Buddhist Temple, 1947 Lawrence St., Denver, CO.
Tickets are $5.00 adults and $2.50 students and may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from this recital will be
used for JACL and Asian scholarships.
Mile-Hi Chapter Regular chapter meeting, Thursday,
March.3rd, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. Results of the 1988
chapter election, Spring Recital and forthcoming programs.
Simpson United Methodist Church Hina Matsuri, Saturday
and Sunday, March 5th and'6th, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Exhi-
bits and demonstrations. 6001 Wolff St., Arvada, CO
Mile-Hi Chapter Young Asian Spring Recital, Sunday,
March 6th, 2:00 PM at the Denver Buddhist Temple.
Nisei Post 185 Regular Post meeting, Tuesday, March
8th, 8:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
Community Graduates Program Monthly committee meeting,
Wednesday, March 9th-, 7:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
Denver Central Optimist Regular club meeting, Thursday,
March 10th, 7:00 PM at the Cathay Oriental Restaurant.
MIS Veterans Club Regular club meeting, Wednesday,
March 16th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. This will be the
first regular meeting under the new leadership.
Denver Central Optimist Regular club meeting, Thurs-
day, March 24th, 7:30 PM at the Clements Community Cen-
ter, 1580 Yarrow St., Lakewood, CO. Friends are welcome
Brighton Japanese American Association (BJAA) Annual
Shrimp and Chow Mein Dinner, Sunday, March 27th, 11:00
AM to 5:00 PM. $6.00 eat in or take out. Adams County
Regional Park, l£ miles west on 124th Avenue, off of
US 85. Brighton Nisei Womens Club will also have their
bake sale at this event. Tickets are available at the
door or from any BJAA or BNWC member.

This is absolutely the last year that I will serve as
president of the Mile-Hi Chapter. Even though I've en-
joyed the position, it's time to jump out of the drivers
seat. Ill try and do all I can during my last year to
provide as much leadership and coordination as possible.
My only disappointment during the last year was that
I felt we made tremendous progress after hosting s success-
ful Tri-District Convention but the fire that we lit is
not burning as I had anticipated. On the other hand I'm
encouraged that there is still a small flame of hope and
with the help of a few dedicated JACLers we"ll attempt
to add as much fuel on the fire to not only keep it going
but to make it blaze.
I feel that the timing is right for the Nisei to be-
come recharged and to once again get involved. I know
you have varied interests, but you all have the oppor-
tunity and should have a little time to devote to the
organization. To the Sansei and Yonsei, I offer a simi-
lar challenge to get involved. There are numerous pro-
grams that we can develop, support and sponsor but we
can undertake these activities if we have a sufficient
number of active members.
Over the next few months we hope to outline some spe-
cific programs and direction for the Mile-Hi Chapter and
I hope that all of you will take the opportunity to get
On March 6th, the Chapter will be sponsoring a "Young
Asian Spring Recital under the directorship of Professor
Kuniaki Hata, of the University of Colorado. Professor
Hata is a member of our Chapter and had proposed this
reciatal some time ago. A variety of Asian talent will
be featured so please make plans to attend and support
this very special event. Funds raised from this recital
will be used for JACL and Asian scholarships.
The Asian Week Festival this year will feature Japan
and the new Japanese Ambassador will ehlp kick off the
week's festivities. A gala dinner-dance will be held in
his honor on August 4th. A time and place will be announ-
ced later. Tom Masamori, Jim Taguchi and myself are parti-
cipating in the initial planning of the festival, however
additional committee people and volunteers are needed for
the various subcommittees. If you can help give me a
call. Please don't wait to be asked!
The Mountain/Plains District Council meeting will be
held on March 11th and 12th in Omaha, Nebraska. If youd
like to attend contact me at 469-4337 and I'll provide
you with all the details.
Hi! I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank
you to Jim Shinbara for his donation to the Redress Fund.
Sumi, this column is now yours. Good Luck!
The Denver Art Museum will present an exhibition of
acreens, scrolls and decorative arts from Japans Early
Modern Era (1560 1860). This collection of Japanese
art will be at the Stanton Gallery (Main Floor) from
February 20th to April 10th. Free guided tours will be
given every Tuesday and Saturday at 1 PM starting Feb-
ruary 23rd. For more information call the museum at
Discrimination such a strong word. The Webster
Dictionary defines it as "to make a difference in treat-
ment or favor on a basis other than individual merit".
Everywhere you look, people are being discriminated
against, whether by age, sex or race.
Discrimination can be as innocent as childish name-
calling to violent acts of rage; from school kids tea-
sing a classmate to political figures blurting out racial
The most visible racial condemnation to the Japanese
Americans was the signing of Executive Order 1099. The
majority of Americans have no idea of this so called
"round-up". With the national attention from the Bicen-
tennial of the Constitution we are now breaking into new
grounds. More and more people are hearing what happened
to the Japanese Americans during the war.
More importantly the schools needs to educate the
younger generations. This is the generation that will
run the country in a few years. In the same context,
most of the people from the internment camps are getting
older, how much longer can we rely upon them as indivi-
duals to help. It is up to us to educate the public and
more importantly it is up to the younger generation to
make sure that it happens. If the people do not know
what happened, then how will they learn and not make the
same mistake like this in the future?
Hina Matsuri or Girls Day Festival is observed on
the 3rd day of the 3rd month year year. Although the
doll festival is an ancient custom, the festival did not
become a national holiday until the mid-18th century.
The dolls are ceremonial dolls which are considered
family heirlooms and are passed from generation to gene-
ration. The dolls are called Hina Ningyo which means
tiny doll. A set consists of at least 15 dolls displayed
on 5 or 7 tiers. Each tier is covered with red cloth
signifying happiness. The dolls are displayed in the
following order (from the top tier to the bottom): Em-
peror and Empress, 3 maids of honor, 5 musicians, 2 guards
3 footmen and an orange and cherry tree in full blossom.
The arrangement represents the Imperial Court.
Hina Matsuri is a social event for the daughters of
the family. They invite their friends to see the doll
display. Diamond-shaped cakes, fruit-shaped candies,
white sake and rice with red beans are usually served on
this occasion.
The Hina Matsuri Doll Festival will be held at the
Simpson United Methodist Church, 6001 Wolff St., Arvada
on march 5th and 6th from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM. There
will be exhibits on dolls, bonsai, ikebana and paintings.
Demonstrations will be performed on the martial arts,
music, calligraphy, tea ceremony and brush painting.
Bento will be served for a nominal fee 11:00 AM to 2:00
PM. Admission to the exhibits is free.

The BJAA held their Installation Dinner on Jan-
uary 30th at the Holiday Inn, 1-25 at 120th Ave.
The Master of Ceremonies was Bill Fukui and the
Installing Officer was Dave Tagawa, Past President
of the BJAA. Jim Tochihara gave the invocation.
Shown at left, standing, left to right, Bill Fukui,
Recording Secretary, Gary Horiuchi, Vice President,
Bob Sakaguchi, Corresponding Secretary, Ken Hori-
uchi, Membership Chairman and Jim Tochihara, Civics
Chairman. Seated, Roy Mayeda, President, Jess
Masunaga, Publicity Chairman, Kaz Iwahashi, Pro-
gram Chairman and Don Tanabe, Treasurer. Not
shown, Ron Ida, Finance Chairman, Paul Okada and
Albert Tagawa, Sports Chairmen and Steve Murata,
Property Chairman. Photo by Kent Yoritomo. The
BJAA is well into its third decade of service to the community. It provides community scholarships, youth activities
and takes part in community affairs. The BJAA will hold its annual fund raiser, a Shrimp and Chow Mein Dinner on Sun-
Day, March 27th, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Adams County Regional Park, 1£ miles west off of Highway 85 on 124th Ave.
Tickets are $6.00 for eat in or take and are available at the door. The Brighton Nisei Women's Club (BWNC) will also
hold its annual bake sale at the same time and location.
The Rocky Mountain Military Intelligence Service (MIS)
Veterans Club held their Installation Dinner on February
13th at the Cathay Oriental Restaurant. Installing Officer
was MIS veteran Nobuo Furuiye and another MIS veteran, Joe
Akiyama gave the invocation. Shown during their swearing
in are from left to fight, Akira Nakamura, President, A1
Kushihashi, Vice President, Ike Matsumonji, Secretary and
Ken Aiba, Treasurer. After the dinner and installation,
i.oni Ding's documentary "The Color of Honor" was shown.
This documentary recalls the valor and accomplishments of
the Nisei soldiers in both the European and Pacific thea-
ters of operations. Scenes and narrations of little known
military actions by the MIS veterans were documented,
showing the Nisei in action during landing assaults,
mopping up campaigns, interrogation of prisoners and the
evacuation of civilians who were contemplating suicide
rather than surrender to the U.5 Forces. The Rocky Mountain MIS Veterans Club is one of the more active units in this
country and features monthly meetings as well as social get-togethers. Currently the club is making plans to visit the
Nisei Veterans Reunion (NVR) being held this June in Reno, NV. During the installation ceremony, Akira's daughter and
son-in-law presented Akria with an engraved gavel in commemoration of his election as president of the club. Over 40
MIS veterans, friends and spouses attended this installation dinner. Photo by Kent Yoritomo.
The most recent addition to the
Mile-Hi roster is Dr. Rob Tanaka.
Rob has a degree in Veterinary Medi
cine and is currently working for
the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Unfortunately, Rob has learned that
he is scheduled to be reassigned
out of the Denver metro area. Mean-
while, Rob has volunteered to help
Mile-Hi with the ticket sales for
the Young Asian Spring Recital. Rob's
brother, Steve a physician in La Junta
is active in the Arkansas Vally JACL.
It is refreshing and somewhat reas-
suring to see these younger people
take an active part in JACL activities.
At the Chapter meeting in February, a draft budget was
presented for discussion. Without elaboration, the proposed
budget is as follows:
Programs (4 Q $200) $800
Scholarships 1000
Sponsorships 500
Newsletter 2000
Donations 500
Miscellaneous 500
District Dues 120
Membership 1000
Donations 1000
Programs 4000

Shown at left with Bob Sakaguchi Is Karen Miller, this year's manager for
Kamikaze Volleyball team which the Mile-Hi Chapter will again sponsor this
spring. Karen Toyota Miller is formerly from California and works for the US
West telephone company. The volleyball team will compete in the Northern
Jefferson County league. Last fall, this team placed first in league competi-
tion and second in the league tournament. There has be some understandable
controversy associated with the chapter sponsorship of nonmember teams and
organizations. However, in the opinion of some of the cabinet members these
sponsorships are but one method of attracting interest by the younger people
to the chapter and the JACL. Certainly, the Nisei and older Sansei generation
is not going to expand and its membership potential will be static and even
decreasing. Therefore, the only viable source for new members will be among
the Sansei and Yonsei and the chapter and the JACL has to take an active in-
terest and support of the activities that these young people are participating
Although the Chapter had scheduled an Installation
Dinner for February 20th, we had to cancel because of the
lack of response. As of Monday, February 15th, we had
only 6 confirmed reservations and because prospects for
more reservations were not bright and because we had to
guarantee a certain number to the restaurant, we really
had no recourse other than to cancel. There was some
talk about rescheduling but because there will be so many
competing events it would seem very unlikely.
Perhaps this lack of response is a coincidence or per-
haps it is indicative of a general slacking in the inte-
rest and support for the JACL and the Mile-Hi Chapter.
Only you the current membership can decide by your actions.
The officers and the dedicated few can only plan and hope.
On a different note, there has been quite a bit of
activity concerning a Pan Asian Cultural Center with
regular meetings being held. Mile-Hi has been repre-
sented at these meetings but the cabinet officers need
to know the general mood of the Japanese Americans on
this issue. The question is: Should the Japanese Ameri-
can community in the Denver metropolitan area actively
support a Pan Asian cultural center? Such a project will
enjoy wide public, private and governmental support and
can bring to bear much greater resources both financial
and human. There will be a loss of identity and unique-
ness for the Japanese Americans however and the pros and
cons of these concepts need to be studied and a consensus
reached if possible.
Bob Sakaguchi has suggested an Ad Hoc committee to
examine the feasibility and desirability of supporting
a cultural center in general and also a center specifically
for the Japanese culture. This committee should repre-
sent the broad spectrum of interests within the Japanese
American community in the metropolitan area. The purpose
of such a committee will be to study all ramifications of
a cultural center and ultimately present a viable approach
that could enjoy broad support by the various organizations
as well as by the private citizens.
We believe that a reasonable case can be made for the
need and desirability of a cultural center. Such a cen-
ter could be the focus of community activities, it would
be nonsectarian and be available to any legitimate use.
It could serve as a repository, a museum and a study area
for ethnic studies. What do you think? Let us know.
The Young Asian Spring Recital will be an attempt by
the Mile-Hi Chapter to showcase the talents of Asian stu-
dents in local univeristies and colleges. Prof. Hata
has assembled an outstanding group of undergraduate and
graduate music students to provide entertainment to the
community. We are hoping for a strong showing by the
Mile-Hi Chapter members at this recital. We are also
hoping for support from other Asian churches and groups.
While we don't anticipate a large net proceeds, we plan
to divide whatever proceeds that are raised with Asian
scholarships and the Mile-Hi scholarships. Will we see
you there?
Mrs. True Yasui
1150 S. Williams St.
Denver, CO 80210