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Vol 4 No. 10
5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226
October 1988
The coordinating committee and award winners for the 1988 Kansha no Hi awards program held September 17, 1988 at
the Denver Buddhist Temple. Standing, committee members, left to right, Dave Tagawa, Vice Chairman, Tom Masamori,
Master of Ceremonies, Lil Masamori, Mile-Hi Chapter, Rev. Eijun Kujo, Tri-State Buddhist Temples, Irene Iritani, Simp-
son United Methodist Church, Rose Tanabe, Brighton Nisei Women's Club, Karen Tagawa, Treasurer, Kay Nitta, Denver
Buddhist Temple, Terry Sato, Chairperson, Fred Kusuno, Nisei Post 185, Russ Sato, Set-Up Chairman and Rocky Mountain
MIS Veterans Club, James Taguchi, Mile-Hi Chapter, Shigs Nishimoto, Fort Lupton Chapter JACL, Jim Tochihara, Brighton
Japanese American Association, Fuzzy Hisamoto, Fort Lupton Chapter JACL, Gladys Taniwaki, Denver Sister Cities Taka-
yama Committee, Dan Iritani, Denver Central Optimist, Bud Stark, Denver Tanomoshi Club and Harry Kuga, Nisei Post 185.
Committee members not shown, Sadako Tsubokawa, Japanese Association of Colorado, Dinner Chairpersons, Ruth Suekama,
Youko Yamasaki, Rose Shibao and Ruby Miyazawa. Seated, this year's award recipients, Yoshiaki Arai, Lily Ariki, Susumi
Hidaka, Sadami Kuroda, Linda Sakaguchi accepting for Bob Sakaguchi, Reiko Urano and Ayako Wada. More on this program
in this newsletter.
Mile-Hi Chapter Regular Chapter meeting, Thursday,
October 6th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. Members and
friends are urged to attend this meeting.
Seminar on Redress Informational Seminar on particulars
concerning the recently passed legislation on redress.
Saturday, October 8th, 2 4 PM at the Denver Buddhist
Temple. This seminar will be sponsored by the Mile-Hi
Chapter. Representatives from national headquarters
JACL are scheduled to attend this seminar. Chapter mem-
bers are urged to invite all friends and interested in-
dividuals to this very important seminar.
Denver Central Optimist Installation dinner for the
newly elected officers of this organization, Saturday,
October 8th, 6:00 PM at the Takase Restaurant. Those
wishing to attend should contact Jim Hada 237-2159.
Nisei Post 185 Regular meeting of the Post, Tuesday,
October 11th, 8:00 PM at the Nisei Post. Post members
are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Denver Central Optimist Regular club meeting, Thurs-
day, October 13th, 7:00 PM at the China City restaurant.
MIS Veterans Clubs Regular club meeting, Wednesday,
October 19th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. All members are
urged to attend this first meeting for the coming year.
Denver Central Optimist. Regular club meeting, Thurs-
day, October 27th, 7:30 PM at the Clements Community Center
Community members that attended a memorial service for
the late Governor Ralph L. Carr and Mrs. Eleanor Fairall
Carr. Standing, left to right, Dan Iritani, Aiko Okubo,
Lily Ariki, Irene Iritani, Susumi Hidaka, Mr. Kanbara,
Ruth Hidaka, Mieko Akima, Hiroshi Akima, Mr. Yutaka Inai,
Mr. 'Y' Ujifusa, Megan Griffin, Mr. Larry Griffin and Gail
Griffin. Mr. Griffin is the nephew of Mrs. Carr. Front,
Nobby and Fusa Wakumoto, Ruth Yamauchi, Terry Sato, Rev.
Robert Bruns, Simpson United Methodist Church, Jim Kanemoto
and Mrs. Sadako Tsubokawa. Community members solicited
private funds to erect a headstone for Mrs. Carr at the
grave site. The headstone was dedicated at this memorial

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What now? The JACL's goal of redress became
a reality when President Reagan signed HR 442.
Vhat are the new goals and plans for the JACL? I
asked Bill Marutani, National Vice President for
Planning and Development, this question. Bill
believes that the JACL should protect human rights.
He wants to develop liaison, ccmnunication, and
linkage with other Asian-Americans because we
are indistinguishable. What effects them also
effects us and vice versa. He urges us to set
aside our ethnocentric attitude and look at the
needs of Asian-Anerican.
One of Bills major concern is violence against
Asian-American. He said "There is more violence
than what we can understand. Each of us have a
tendency to judge society by our own limited
little areas where we happen to live. Yet we
don't understand that there is violence up in
Boston and violence on our cwn college campuses.
Some of it avert violence beside the insidious
insults that Asian students are subjected to by
fellow students. We, particularly of the older
generation and those of us outside of college,
don't comprehend what is going on there."
Another major issue is the economic rights of
Asian-Americans namely, jobs, promotions, entry,
and the realization of one's capability in the
market place. He thinks that many Asian-Americans
hit a certain nan-supervisory plateau and rertHin
there. Asian-Americans are capable of handling
supervisory jobs and executive positions, but many
never reach than. If Asian-Americans are to
break into these positions, Bill feels that we
rrust set our own goals and not goals that our
society sets for us. The stand against violence
and the attainment of economic rights which belong
to us but which we are not realizing are the two
major goals of his two year term.
I asked Bill what his thoughts were concerning
societys growing animosity toward Asian-Americans
on the trade deficit issue. He cautioned, "There
is a great danger of us getting sucked into that
area. So vfriat! Is that a racial issue? X dont
think so. If we permit society to make it a
racial issue and if we react to it as a racial
issue then we are playing the game. Then we are
acknowledging that there is an association. This
is an attitudinal approach. We trust be able to
understand that we are Americans and that others
will look upon us as Asian associated with Asian
countries. That is reality. Approach the problem
as Americans and not begin to apologize the fact
that we are Asian-American and permit others to
put us in a position where we have to explain our
way out. This is part of the psychological
argument that we must develop for ourselves to
understand what we are doing, what kind of game we
are involved in, and how we are participating and
reacting to it. I don't know if Japanese-Americans
know exactly what is going on."
"What common Japanese-American belief voild you like
to change during your term?" I asked. Bill replied,
"Our self-imposed limitation or what I call the second
class citizenship mentality. Vfe accept certain
standards set by the society. Well, maybe there isn't
much we can do about it. But if we give up at the
begining, we are our cwn worst enemy and we clearly will
not win. But if we say wait a minute these are our
basic rights and we are no different from anybody else
and we are not. In terms of economics and politics, we
must try to reach for those things that really belong
ut us. Yes, we ill lose somethings but if we don't
reach, we will not gain those things that can be attained.
That is the major handicap, I think that we have. That
is the major belief that we have to change. But this
also leads to a lot of problems because one seeks those
things that society is not ready to hand to us. We
have to battle for them."
In addition to his national JACL post, Bill writes
a column for the "Pacific Citizen". Bill is originally
from Keit, Washington. He graduated from the University
of Chicago Law School. Bill has served a tern as a
Pennsylvania state judge and is currently an attorney
for a law firm in Philadelphia.
.Summer is fading away and among sane happenings
We extend our sympathy to Myron Kiyotake on the loss of
his father and tajSTGotcp his beloved wife, Helen. -
Trust Karen Miller1^ "Teg "is healing by now; congratula-
tions to Ken and Mary Miyauchi's silver anniversary;
Bill and Alice Hosokawa's golden anniversary; will
miss Dr. Robert Tanaka, who has been transferred to
another state. Bnilie Ito and Barry Kita, among
others, worked hard at the Asian Festival, represent-
ing Mile Hi Chapter. National convention in Seattle
was exciting, informative, a place to meet and renew
friendships. We visted Vancouver, Richnmd-Steveston,
University of British Columbias famous Nitobe Memorial
Japanese Garden. Fran our 36th floor hotel windew, we
"looked" over the expansive, lovely Stanley Park;
beautiful waterfronts, and then over to the Convention
Center with distinctive fish fin architectural design.
Our thanks to those who contributed to Bob Sakaguchi's
campaign, now our new National V. P. for Membership
Locally, membership renewals has been shew. Can
we do anything to help or encourage you to decide?
Criticism of JACL. What has JACL done? What is
it doing? Where it not for the League, and the JACL
lobbyist in Washington, DC, back in 1950, isseis would
not have the privilege of becoming naturalized citizens,
and be eligible to beneficial entitlements. JACL was
instrumental in the success of the Redress Bill. But,
it would not have been enacted without the efforts of
dedicated legislators the LEC and its supporters.
Somehow, we failed to reach the critics.

Thanks to the Kansha no Hi committee for their generous
consideration in presenting me with one of this year's
awards. Special thanks must also be extended to the
Brighton Japanese American Association for nominating me
for this award.
I would also like to extend my congratulations to Mr.
Vosh Arai, Mrs. Lily Ariki, Mr. Susumi Hidaka, Mrs. Sadami
Kuroda, Mrs. Reiko Urano and Dr. Ayako Wada on receiving
the Kansha no Hi award. I feel extremely honored to be
placed in their company.
My first official National Board meeting was interesting
and educational. Cressey Nakagawa, the new national presi-
dent, demonstrated his effective leadership abilities during
the two-day board meeting. I feel very positive and confi-
dent that he will provide the direction that is necessary
over the next two years. My work as V. P. of Membership
will be very challenging. During the past year membership
has decreased substantially and I have recommended to the
president that he immediately appoint Mr. Steve Okamoto
and Mrs. Helen Kawagoe as co-chairs of the Membership
Development Committee. We hope to have a specific plan
of action developed by the end of 1988 that will address
programs targeted at attracting more members into the
The redress effort is not complete and the National
Board is committed to assisting in every way possible.
The Mile-Hi Chapter sponsored October 8th workshop will
provide the community the opportunity to get the facts
about the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Cressey Nakagawa
will be at the workshop to answer any questions and dis-
cuss the National Board position with respect to its con-
tinued support of redress.
At the September meeting I set a schedule for the
election of new Mile-Hi Chapter officers. I would like
to have a slate of candidates set by October with elec-
tions in November and an early December installation.
With the 1992 convention in mind, now is the time to re-
new your interest and involvement in JACL.
Mr. Susumi Hidaka
was nominated by the
Denver Central Opti-
mist for his dedicated
service to the commu-
nity. Mr. Noboru
Wakumoto, President of
the Denver Central
Optimist presents the
Mrs. Sadami Kuroda
was also nominated by
the Denver Central
Optimist for her many
years of service to
the community. Mr.
Dan Iritani, Vice-
President of the Den-
ver Central Optimist
presents the award.
Mr. Bob Sakaguchi
was nominated by the
Brighton Japanese
American Association
(BJAA) for his con-
tinuing service to
the community. Mr.
Jim Tochihara of the
BJAA presents the
award to Tracey and
Linda Sakaguchi.
Yoshiaki Arai was
nominated for the Kan-
sha no Hi award by the
Nisei Post #185, Ameri-
can Legion. Senior Vice
Commander Tom Sera pre-
sented the award to
Yosh Arai.
Mrs. lily Yuruko Ariki
was nominated by the Sim-
pson United Methodist
Church. Mr. Art Arita
presented the award to
Mrs. Ariki.
Mrs. Reiko Urano
was nominated by Mrs.
Fuzzy Hisamoto for
her many years of co-
mmunity service in
Japanese cultural
arts. Mrs. Fuzzy
Hisamoto presents
the award.
Dr. Ayako Wada was
nominated by the Den-
ver Tanomoshi Club
for her years of ser-
vice primarily through
the Denver/Takayama
Sister Cities. Bud
Stark presents the

The 4th annual Kansha no Hi (Day of Appreciation) was
held September 17, 1988 at the Denver Buddhist Temple.
This year, 7 individuals were honored: Yoshiaki Arai,
Lily Ariki, Susumi Hidaka, Sadami Kuroda, Reiko Urano,
Robert Sakaguchi and Ayako Wada.
The participating organizations, who also prepared the
delicious buffet dinner which was served after the presenta-
tion program were: Brighton Japanese American Association,
Brighton Nisei Women's Club, Denver Central Optimist Club,
Denver Sister Cities Takayama Committee, Denver Tanomoshi
Club, Fort Lupton Chapter JACL, Japanese Association of
Colorado, Mile-Hi Chapter JACL, Nisei Post #185, American
Legion, Rocky Mountain MIS Veterans Club, Simpson United
Methodist Church and the Tri-State Buddhist Temples.
Co-chairmen for 1988 were Terry Sato and David Tagawa.
1988 committee persons were: Jim Tochihara, Karen Tagawa,
Rose Tanabe, Dan Iritani, Gladys Taniwaki, Bud Stark, Fuzzy
Hisamoto, Shigs Nishimoto, Sadako Tsubokawa, Jim Taguchi,
Fred Kusuno, Harry Kuga, Russ Sato, Irene Iritani and Kay
Nitta. Dinner chairmen were: Ruth Suekama, Ruby Miyazawa,
Rose Shibao and Youko Yamasaki.
The beautiful flowers on the tables, the floral center-
piece, the corsages and the boutonierres were donated by
David Tagawa and his Tagawa Greenhouses. He has donated
the floweres for this program for the past 4 years, and
we wish to express our grateful thanks for his lovely and
yearly donations.
Our grateful thank you to Kent Yoritomo for the time
consuming preparation of the award certificates, and to
Mrs. Sadako Tsubokawa for her preparation of the invita-
tions for the Isseis.
From left, Sumle Imatani T Pat Fitcbr. CarolJ^sIiiyafoa and
Fae_Kanda. At above right, Dr. Stan Doida's winning men's
team. With Dr. Doida, John Reusch. Other members of the
winning team were Harry King and Will Rorvig. The winning
score was 62, ten under par. This team also won last year's
tournament. The second place team with a score of 63 was
headed by Dr. Bob Mayeda with teammates Dr. Tom Mayeda,
Bud Stark and Fred Sakamoto. The third place team consisted
of Phil Greenfield, John Pacetta, John Smith and Steve
Hudson. Perfect weather greeted the golfers for this tour-
nament. This tournament is a major fund raiser for the
Japanese American Community Graduates Program which pro-
vides many scholarships for deserving area high school
With the election of Bob Sakaguchi to the national
office of Vice President, 1000 Club, Membership and Ser-
vices, our Chapter has reached a critical juncture in our
existance. Not only will be lose Bob's leadership and
enthusiasm as he will surely be occupied with the greater
national problems but also, the national eyes will be on
us because Bob will undoubtedly draw attention to our
area and our people. This situation brings us to the old
Chinese definition of a crisis as a dangerous opportunity.
As Bob points out in his comments, we will have to prepare:-
for the 1992 national convention. Our Chapter will also /
prepare itself to assist in the disbursement of the re- f.
dress reparations. We will also have to define a local
fucus and reason for existance aside from the national.
Our Chapter has unfortunately functioned for the past few
years on the energies and contributions of a dedicated
few and some of them including myself are at a point of
This, then points our the extreme importance .of the
upcoming election for Chapter officers. If we are to con-
tinue to exist and thrive as a Chapter, then we will have
to find other members who are willing to put in the time
and effort required. To this end the Nominations Committee
of Jim Hada, Ruth Yamauchi, Sumi Takeno and Jim Taguchi
have an unenviable task of screening and locating people
who are able and willing to serve. I am confident that
our area has the talent. I wish that I could be equally
confident that these talented people can be convinced to
dedicate their efforts to serve the greater good of the
Chapter and the community.

Mrs. True Yasui
1150 South Williams Street
Denver, CO 80210