Mile-Hi Notes, Volume 4, Number 6

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5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226
June 1988
Shown above the latest group to make the Pilgrimage to Amache just before Memorial Day to remember the deceased from
the internment site. Standing from left to right, Lillie Ariki, Jinko Yamaguchi, Hisa Shimabukuro, Terry Sato, Paul
Bentrup, George Ushiyama, Henry Hoshiko, Hideo So, Hana Hoshiko, George Boggs, Frances Hishinuma, (partially, hidden)
Yukio Furuiye, John Kinoshita, Lilly Hara, (unidentified), Nobuo Furuiye, Art Moriya, Dan Iritani, Ruth Yamauchi, Jim
Takemoto, Noboru Wakumoto, George Hishinuma, Akira Nakamura, Mr. Fujii, Jim Hada, Mrs. Domoto, Edwin Shimabukuro, June
Okizaki and Emory Namura. Kneeling, Shawna Okizaki(?), Hiroko Hung, Tayeko Namura, Sally Hirokawa, Kiyo Tsukamoto, Mrs.
Sadako Tsubokawa, Eiko Kinoshita, Nancy Moriya, Ruth Hidaka, Masako Furuiye, Susumi Hidaka, Toshie Furuiye, Aki Ushi-
yama, Sue and Fred Kusuno. Not shown, Russ Sato, George Tsukamoto and Kent Yoritomo. This visit was organized and
coordinated by the Denver Central Optimist club who act as custodians for the Amache Memorial Fund. The Optimist re-
gularly perform maintenance on the site and plan general improvements. Their latest endeavor is to identify three un-
marked graves in the cemetery in order to place stone monuments to consecrate the memories of these deceased. The Mile-
Hi chapter is also interested in taking action to have the site designated as a Historical Site which will provide a
means of additional security and protection.
Community Graduates Program Committee meeting, Wednes-
day, June 1st, 7:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
Mile-Hi Chapter Regular Chapter meeting, Thursday, June
2nd, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. Many important chapter
issues to be determined concerning preparations for the
JACL national convention in August. All members are en-
couraged to attend this meeting.
National AJA Veterans Reunion June 8 12, 1988 at the
Bally's, Reno, NV.
Denver Central Optimist Regular club meeting, Thurs-
day, June 9th, 7:00 PM at the China City Restaurant. The
featured speaker will be from CENIKOR and will talk about
the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. Friends are very
welcome and encouraged to attend this interesting meeting.
Community Graduates Program Awards Banquet and ceremony,
June llth, at the Stouffer Concourse Hotel, 3801 Quebec.
Dance to follow the banquet and awards ceremony.
Nisei Post 185 Regular Post meeting, Tuesday, June 14th,
8:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
MIS Veterans Club This club will not meet during the
summer months of June, July and August. Club officers will
will decide on the time for a club social, probably for
some time in July. Meanwhile, arrangements are being
finalized for the visit to the AJA Veterans Reunion.
Additional bolo ties have been obtained and a quantity
will be taken to Reno for sale at the reunion. In addi-
tion, caps bearing the MIS logo have been obtained for
club members.
Brighton Japanese American Association Regular mon-
thly meeting, Thursday, June 16th, 7:00 PM at the Terr-
ace Inn, Brighton.
Denver Central Optimist Annual Parking Lot Sale, post-
poned from May due to inclement weather, June 18th and
19th at the Denver School of Judo. Hours from 7:00 AM to
3:00 PM each day.
Denver Central Optimist Annual Summer Social, Sunday,
June 26th at the Bear Creek Park south of Hampden Avenue
near Sheridan Boulevard. This is a Pot-Luck event with
games, sports, fellowship. Optimists and friends are
welcome and encouraged to attend. Call Nancy Moriya for
additional details (798-0268).

After the successful Tri-District Convention several
people had discussed the possibility of undertaking the
1992 National JACL Biennial Convention, the 1990 conven-
tion is set for San Diego and bids for the '92 convention
will be accepted at the Seattle Convention in August. I
have contacted the board members and although they're a
little apprehensive about such a large undertaking they
all feel it would benefit the chapter and community. I
too feel a little uncertain but am willing to make the
commitment. Planning for a National Convention is a hun-
dred times more difficult than the Tri-District Conven-
tion and therefore a greater number of volunteers and ear-
lier and more comprehensive planning would be necessary
in achieving an equal degree of success. Before I make
my final commitment to the National Board on the 1992 Con-
vention, Im asking that you attend the next regular
meeting on Dune 2nd, and express your thoughts and ideas
or give me a call at 469-4337.
At the last Chapter board meeting on May 5th, the
board past a resolution opposing the English Only ini-
tiative that is scheduled for a vote this upcoming Novem-
ber. The resolution will be forwarded to the Colorado
Unity Board of Directors to acknowledge the Chapter's
support in opposing this potentially dangerous consti-
tutional amendment. Dr. Jim Taguchi or myself will be
more than willing to discuss the relative issues and
facts with you. I should also note that the Chapter's
action is inconcert with the direction provided by JACL -
The Mile-Hi Chapter's official delegates to the 1988
National Convention will be Jim hada and Kent Yoritomo.
Both individuals were unanimously selected by acclama-
tion at the May meeting. Congratulations Kent and Jim.
I know that both will represent our chapter well.
On May 22, we had the previlege of meeting with Cressey
Nakagawa the third candidate for National President. Cre-
ssey is a dynamic and articulate Sansei attorney from San
Francisco who I feel has some interesting and well thou-
ghtout ideas. All I can say at this point is that I'm
glad Kent and Jim are the delegates because both Mollie
Fujioka and Cressey represent two very good candidates.
I've only met Helen Kawagoe and didn't have an opportunity
to talk to her so I really don't know what her platform
will be.
My campaign is running smoothly thanks to Kent and Tom,
and as of this date X don't have any declared competition.
This does not however, mean that I won't continue to run
an active campaign. Since I'm virtually unknown thorough-
out the country, it's important for me to make an effort
to meet and discuss my ideas on membership programs with
other districts and chapters. There's always the possi-
bility that a nomination will be made from the convention
Don't forget the June 2, Mile-Hi Chapter meeting at
7:30 at the Nisei Post. See you then.
A convention devoted to the subject of the U.S. Con-
stitution and its effect of the minorities of the coun-
try was held April 20th at Colorado Springs. This event
was coordinated by Constance Williams and Margaret Mori-
Above, some of the participants in the convention. Left
to right, Judge Raymond Dean Jones of the Colorado Court
of Appeals, Nita Gonzales, daughter of Denver area Hispanic
activist, Corky Gonzales and Ron Wakabayashi, National
Director, Japanese American Citizens League. Below, Cons-
tance Williams and Carol Miyagishima. Mrs. Williams along
with Margaret Morimitsu coordinated the event. Carol was
formerly in the Denver metro area but recently moved to
Colorado Springs. Mile-Hi Chapter representatives at this
event were Bob Sakaguchi and Tom Masamori. Photos by Tom
Above left, Carrol Hiratsuka-Tsutsui, Chairperson of the
graduates committee and Pat Hayashi, Chairperson-Elect.
The committee under their leadership have just about con-
cluded the committee efforts which will culminate in the
awards banquet on June 11, 1988. Pat Hayashi also serves
as Treasurer of the Mile-Hi Chapter.

Stanley Pauw and Martha Lee
During the past year a steering committee comprising en-
thusiastic members of the Asian community including repre-
sentatives of Japanese organizations have been dedicating
much time studying the feasibility of an Asian American
Cultural Center. The original impetus comes from the Asian
American Foundation and their executive assistant, Martha
Lee, has provided invaluable support. Stanley Pauw, a pro-
minent architect has been chairing the Committee and gene-
rously providing the use of his office for the meetings.
The concept of a cultural center encompassing all the
Asian communities is unique especially for the Denver com-
munity. The mission statement of the Committee includes
the following: "The multinational Asian communities in
Colorado seek to establish a cultural center...where the
Asian societies will experience the symbols, culture, tra-
ditions and arts of their ancestors...serve as a bridge to
western a showcase permitting cultural and bu-
siness exchange between East and West." The Center will
include an auditorium, conference rooms, class rooms, offi-
ces, restaurants, etc. Other facilities such as an Asian
museum, library, etc have been discussed.
A cultural center for Asians would have enormous eco-
nomic, cultural, social and political impact on the Japan-
ese community. The opportunity has come for Japanese
Americans to participate in an Asian community effort and
to avoid narrow single ethnic interests. Your Mile-Hi
chapter representatives on the Committee are your presi-
dent Bob Sakaguchi and myself. No longer can you remain
neutral, for non-participation is a no-vote and your JACL
chapter should be providing community leadership and strong
involvement. Wheather you agree or disagree, please con-
tact us. Your input is welcome and essential.
involvement in government. She is the only Asian in the
school's government. Despite the growing number of Asian
students at the Metropolitan State College campus, she
has been unsuccessful in persuading them to participate
in the student government. One of her goals for the year
in office is planning a wide range of activities to spark
interest in joining the student council. These activities
include interesting speakers to different musicians that
will perform concerts.
Stacey supports the University of Colorado students
who protested the university's investments in South Af-
rica. She admires these people for erecting and living
in the 'shanty town' on campus. On other political is-
sues, Stacey does not advocate redress. Although, she
hopes that compensation is given to the Isseis.
Stacey is the daughter of Carl and Carolyn Sagara.
She is a 1982 graduate of Columbine High School and an
international finance major at Metropolitan State Coll-
ege. During her college years, she was a ski instruc-
tor at Loveland and worked as a financial analyst/planner
for American Express in London for four months. After
college, she will either attend law school or gain em-
ployment with a company on the West Coast.
Recently I read an article in a new Asian American
magazine called Rice, it was about Grant Ujifusa from
Worland, Wyoming. Currently he is serving on the Legis-
lative Strategy Chair of the JACL Education Committee.
He is also working on a book called the Almanac of Ameri-
can Politics. This book "defines a particular politician,
congressman or senator, for the national media".
Since Grant was born in Worland, Wyoming, he never ex-
perienced life in an internment camp. His interest in
the redress issue stems from his grandfather, who drove
ninety miles from his farm in Worland to the Heart Moun-
tain Internment Camp. His grandfather visited there fre-
quently and explained to Grant what life was like in the
Grant's mother was from southern Colorado. The article
stated that she was the valedictorian at her high school
during the 1930's but because she was Japanese, she was
not allowed to give the valedictory address.
With the redress issue up for legislation (the Senate
recently passed it), Grant believes this is the Japanese
American last hurrah. Grant is very optimistic about the
outcome of the redress issue. Since President Reagan was
the governor of California, he is well informed on the
redress issue. Grant thinks that, "if you let Reagan be
Reagan, he will sign the legislation because he's fami-
lar with what happened in California". Let's hope Grant
Ujifusa is right.
Carter-Mondale, Reagan-BushDewitt-Sagara. Stacey
Sagara was recently elected Vice-President of the Metro-
politan State College student body for the 1988-1989 school
year. The Dewitt-Sagara ticket prevailed over their near-
est opponent by 31 votes. She was surprized that they won
since both of them had no prior experience in student go-
vernment. Their platform stressed the elimination of fees
for dropping a course, safety around the campus and student
Co-chairperson of the Kansha no Hi committee Terry
Sato announced at the last meeting that the awards cere-
mony and banquet for kansha no Hi was set for September
7, Saturday at the Buddhist Temple.
Nominations for awards must be submitted and postmarked
by July 18, 1988 to be considered. Forms are available
from James Taguchi, VP for Civic Affairs, who will be
responsible for coordinating Mile-Hi chapter nominations.

The Brighton Japanese American Associa-
tion hosted a breakfast meeting on May 4th
and invited Governor Roy Romer to discuss
the issues concerning the special Adams
County election concerning the annexation
of land for a new airport by Denver. Gov.
Romer, who was in favor of the annexation,
visited numerous Adams County areas to
speak in favor of the annexation and to
answer questions. The popular governor
is credited with convincing the undeciddd
voters of Adams County to vote in favor ^
of annexation. The final vote was 56% in'
favor to 44% opposed. Organizations such^
as the Brighton Japanese American Associa^
tion and the Mile-Hi chapter can and should
provide a forum whereby the issues which
affect the local citizens can be discussed
in open debate. At extreme left, Bob Sa-
kaguchi presents Gov. Romer with a copy
of Mike Masaoka's book, "They Call Me Moses
Bob Sakaguchi mentioned in his column the possiblity of
the Mile-Hi chapter hosting the 1992 National JACL Conven-
tion, and the candidates for the 1988-90 biennium, and -the
proposed English Only initiative for Colorado. These are
just a few of the types of issues that this chapter can be
confronted with and we need the input of the general mem-
bership such that the chapter can arrive at a general con-
census. It is not enough that each of us may have a pri-
vate opinion or thought. If we as members of the Mile-Hi
chapter are to fully function as participating citizens of
this country then we need to be informed of the issues at
hand and to make our opinions and thoughts known. One of
the greatest frustrations that I encounter is when an issue
is brought up in meetings, discussed and perhaps a vote
taken and an official position is proposed for the chapter
and then to find out that there are elements in the general
membership that may have a contrary point of view but made
no effort to make their thoughts known, except through an
indirect personal encounter.
As I see it, one of the functions of this chapter is to
seek out the issues or elections that may affect us and
then to keep you the membership informed. Not necessarily
just our opinion but the pros and cons. In the next few
months, we are being asked to participate in the Asian
Week Festival which will feature the Japanese culture.
Concurrently, there will be the national JACL Biennial
Convention with all of the elective offices to be deter-
mined, the Japanese Association annual picnic, and then
the local volunteer awards program, the Kansha no Hi. This
is an general election year with the President, all six
of our representatives and one senator up for election.
The question will not be how you vote, that will be up to
each of us. The question will be that you vote in an in-
formed manner.
Elsewhere in this newsletter we have written about an
Asian American Cultural Center that is being studied.
While some of on the staff may feel that this is a good
idea, we need your opinion particularly if you don't agree.
In the next few issues of this newsletter, we hope to
keep you informed on the issues and national and local
candidates as they may affect us. The voting record of
the Colorado delegation in the US Congress on the redress
legislation is a good example of how candidates may impact
us. I believe that the current record of the Colorado
state legislature leaves much to be desired and when the
state elections are held, we should be involved in that
Mile-Hi Chapter JACL
5946 W. Iowa PI.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Mrs. True Yasui
1150 S. Williams St.
Denver, 00 80210