Mile Hi Bulletin, Volume 4, Number 5

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Vol. 4 No. 5
5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226
May 1988
In a historic action, the Senate
passed by a margin of 69-27 the re-
dress legislation SB 1009. The Sen-
ate action was led by Sen. Spark Ma-
tusnaga, D-HI, left. On September 17,
1987, the House of Representatives
passed similar legislation HR 442 by
a 243-141 margin. The House action
was led by Rep. Norman Mineta, D-CA,
center and Rep. Robert Matsui, D-CA.
Efforts in gaining congressional su-
pport was spearheaded by Grayce Uye-
hara, right. The two versions of
this legislation now goes to a con-
ference committe between the two
legislative bodies to adjust any
differences. The bill will then be
The fate of this legislation at the White House is uncertain. If the
President vetos the bill, the leaders in the House are uncertain if there are enough votes to override the veto. It
is therefore critically important that as many letters urging his signature be sent to the President as possible. Much
of the sentiment opposing this legislation is focused on the potential costs (surviving internees could receive up to
$20,000 each) or by references to actions by the armed forces of Imperial Japan. In 1942 dollars however, the $20,000
would not come close to covering the losses incurred by the evacuees who had to leave their possessions in a matter of
hours. The references to attack on Pearl Harbor or other actions by the Imperial forces of Japan are a irrelevant as
blaming German Americans for the Holocaust. Letters to the President can be sent to the White House, 1600 Pennslyvania
Avenue, Washington, D.C.
presented to the President for his signature.
Community Graduates Program Weekly committee meeting,
Wednesday, May 4th, 7:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
Mile-Hi Chapter Regular Chapter meeting, Thursday, May
5th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. All chapter members and
friends are urged to attend these important meetings.
Simpson United Methodist Church 38th Annual Oriental
Food Bazaar, Saturday, May 7th, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Dinner tickets $6.00 adults and $3.00 children for eat
in or take out.
Mothers Day! Sunday, May 8th, all day.
Nisei Post 185 Regular Post meeting, Tuesday, May 10th,
8:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
Community Graduates Program Weekly committee meeting,
Wednesday, May 11th, 7:00 PM at the Nisei Post. These
meetings are extremely important because of the impending
Awards Banquet, June 11th.
Denver Central Optimist REgular club meeting, Thurs-
day, May 12th, 7:00 PM at the China City Restaurant. An
award winner for the Optimist Respect for Law Week will
be featured at this meeting. Visitors are welcome.
Denver Central Optimist Annual pilgrimage to Amache,
Saturday, May 14th. Caravan will depart from the Simpson
United Methodist Church at 6:45 AM and from the Denver
Buddhist Temple by 7:00 AM. Transportation costs will be
$15 per person. Call Nobuo^Furuiye (287-6205).
Kansha no Hi Committee meeting for the Kansha no Hi
program, Monday, May 16th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post.
All participating organizations are urged to send their
representatives to these meetings.
Community Graduates Program Weekly committee meeting,
Wednesday, May 18th, 7:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
MIS Veterans Club Regular club meeting, Wednesday,
May 18th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. MIS veterans and
friends are urged to attend these meetings.
Denver Central Optimist Annual Parking Lot Sale, Sa-
turday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd at the Denver School
of Judo. Anyone having saleable items for donation should
contact Yukio Furuiye (344-1296). Transportation for items
will be furnished.
Community Graduates Program Weekly committee meeting,
Wednesday, May 25th, 7:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
Denver Central Optimist Regular club meeting, Thurs-
day, May 26th, 7:30 PM at the Clements Community Center,
1580 Yarrow St., Lakewood, CO. Friends welcome.
Nisei Post 185 Annual Memorial Oay observance, Monday,
May 30th, 11:00 AM at the Fairmount Cemetery, Alameda at
Quebec. The entire community is invited to attend these
solemn ceremonies in memory of the deceased of the commu-
nity. Pot-Luck luncheon following the ceremonies at the
Nisei Post.

The Senate version, S1009, Redress Legislation was
approved by the U.S. Senate on April 20 by a vote of 69
for to 27 against. Even though the bill has cleared two
major hurdles it must now go to a joint subcommittee of
the House and Senate to work out any differences between
the respective versions. It will then go to the appro-
priations committee it has a $1.3 billion price tag att-
ached to it. After the appropriations committee the bill
will be forwarded to the President for his signature. A
great deal of work, emotion and money has been put forth
to get the bill through congress. It would be a real
shame if all that effort was offset by a Presidential
veto. It is therefore, important that all of us write or
send telegrams to the President urging him to sign th bill
into law. I would also suggest that we all send letters
of gratitude to Senators Bill Armstrong and Tim Wirth for
the support of S1009.
I know there's a number of community members who will
benefit from this measure and probably a few questions
regarding the disbursement of the funds. These details
have not been worked out or even discussed to date. I
will try and keep the community informed on the status of
the efforts regarding any distribution of funds as the
information is made available to me. The major focus and
effort currently, however, is to get the President to
sign the bill and not veto it!
Id like to thank the Japanese Association of Colorado
for allowing the Chapter the ooportunity to participate -
in honoring and welcoming the new Counsel General from
San Francisco, Mr. Yanari. I'd also like to thank the
Chapter members for accomodating the change in program
and for attending the brief installation ceremonies after
the dinner. A special thanks to Bob Sakata for taking
time out from his spring planting activities to install
the new officers.
On April 25, Tom Masamori and I participated in a Poli-
tical Awareness Week program at Wheat Ridge High School.
The topic of our presentation was "America's Concentration
Camps a Case For Redress". I always find these programs
to be interesting and personally educational. The Colo-
rado Bicentennial Committee is encouraging schools through-
out the state to sponsor similar programs. If the oppor-
tunity presents itself, Id like to call on other members
of the Chapter to help make the presentations.
Don't forget our next meeting on Thursday May 5th, 7:30
p.m. at the Nisei Post. See you all then.
I just finished reviewing the applications from the
local area for the National JACL Scholarship Program (not
to be confused with our local Community Program). Our
Chapter is allowed to send three Freshman applications to
National Headquarters for the final selection. This year,
I received only one. The most I have received, in the
six years I have been handling this, is six. Applications
for the other categories of awards (undergraduates other
than freshmen, graduate students, community college/voca-
tional school students, etc.) go directly to National, so
I never see them. I give the forms out on request (about
a dozen this year). I wonder why so many didn't fill them
out and send them back. It is true that the competition
is tough, since there are only a dozen or so awards for
the entire country. Still, it wouldn't hurt to try. At
the risk of creating more work for myself (or the next
Scholarship VP), I would like to do a little advertising
in the hope that the information spreads by word-of-mouth.
First, you don't have to belong to JACL to be eligible.
Any American of Japanese ancestry is eligble. (Also, any
JACL member or child of a JACL member is eligible, regard-
less of ancestry.) This means that many students who are
not eligible for the local awards, since they live out-
side the greater Denver area (Colorado Springs for example),
are eligible for the National JACL awards. Finally, I
would like to point out that I would be happy to step down
as Scholarship VP is someone with more energy and enthu-
siasm wanted to take over. It's not a hard job, and I
don't mind doing it, but I am too busy with other things
to make it my top priority.
SWIM STAR Barry Kita
1992 Olympics? Who would be thinking of that? Danielle
Edmonds is. Danielle is the daughter of Tom and Diane
Sato-Edmonds. Top high school female swimmers in the
Western United States compete annually at the Junior
National Swim Meet. This year the North Jeffco Girls Swim
team won the prestigious title of Junior Champions at
Grand Forks, North Dakota on March 29th to April 2nd.
Danielle placed 1st in the 800 yard freestyle relay, 11th
in the 400 yard individual medley and 13th in the 200 yard
Besides swimming, Danielle is the junior class president
at Pomona High School, a member of the National Honor So-
ciety, debate team and is on the yearbook staff. She is
the treasurer of the Simpson United Methodist Youth Fellow-
She plans to attend college in California and major in
business. She is looking forward to competing in the 1992
Olympic swimming trials. Move over Donna DeVarrona.
Kansha no Hi
The metro area Japanese Community Volunteer Awards pro-
gram called Kansha no Hi (Day of Appreciation) will begin
its fourth season. The purpose of this program is to lo-
cate and honor community volunteers who for some reason
have not been recognized and honored by the community they
serve. The program was initiated by 11 organizations in
the area, they were: The Nisei Post 185, Fort Lupton JACL,
Brighton Japanese American Association, Brighton Nisei Wo-
mens club, Simpson United Methodist Church, Tri-State
Buddhist Temples, Denver Central Optimist, Mile- Hi JACL,
Japanese Association of Colorado, MIS Veterans Club and
the Denver Sister Cities Takayama Committee.
The initial committee meeting was held on April 25th.
The next two meetings will be held on May 16th and June
20th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. Nominations for awards
will be due by July 18, 1988. Nominations may be made by
any Nikkei organization or individual. Nomination forms
may be obtained from participating organizations or from
Mr. Dave Tagawa or Mrs. Terry Sato. Nominators should
remember that the central purpose of this program is to
seek out and publicly honor those individuals who have
quietly, consistently and for a significant period of time
benefitted and helped the community or individuals without
having received past recognition or honor.

James TSguchi
Sushi, Beef Teriyaki, Chow Mein, CHnanju and
Senbei are the culinary treats awaiting you at
Simpson's 38th Annual Oriental Pood Bazaar.
This event will be held on Saturday, May 7th
from 11:00 an to 7:00 pm at the Simpson United
Methodist church. Dinner tickets will be
available at the door for a donation of $6.00 for
adults and $3.00 for children. This year the
proceeds will be used for outreach ministries and
the new Church Development and Redevelopment
Program sponsored by the Rocky Mountain
Vfe welcome new members, Flcyd and Rose
Tanaka. Flcyd is the president of THK Associates,
research, planning, and designing oaipany; and one
who designed the War Manorial Monument at Fairmcnt
Gamentery. Rose is a retired school teacher, but
a busy volunteer worker at their Unitarian Church.
Our appreciation to all the old members for
continued support with their membership renewals.
Vfe hope to see more of you at the meetings and
various events.
The dinner held in honor of Consul General
Shunji Yanai from San Francisco at Satsuna
Restaurant with the Japanese Association and
community friends was enjoyable. Although the
membership chairman's duties appeared to be
awesome, Terry's help has simplified the job. Pty
thanks to Tterry.
in placing on the November ballot an amendment
vhich will make English the official language of
record, of the Constitution, of the legislature, of
instruction in our schools and the language of our
courts. The presumed purpose of the bill is to
ensure that no other language becomes official.
Vhat is so controversial about this? English
as always been our oarrmon language although we are
a nation of immigrants who often arrived with
little knowledge of English. Historically, these
immigrants promptly adapted to our culture and
readily accepted the fact that English was the
common language. Vfey then do we need such a law
noV? More than 200 years have elapsed without such
a law, and the framers of our constitution did not
see the need for it.
Vhat are the proponents of the bill planning
to enforce? Can they define what "English" is?
Vho will be defining its boundaries, as to
inclusion and exclusion of foreign words, new
words, colloquialisms, etc.? Who will decide whose
"English" is "Official"? Will immigrants vho have
not acquired fluency in English be excluded from
participating in their new government? Think how
it would have affected the Issei.
Many Nisei expressed concerns that bilingual
education was costly and perpetuated use of the
mother tongue. Even if this were true and the
hidden purpose of the above legislation, vhy wasn't
specific legislation to oppose such funding openly
presented? Others resented the development of
small communities were the dominant language spoken
was foreign. Hasn't our history revealed that we
have always had enclaves, where foreign languages
prevailed temporarily? In order to perpetuate the
multi-ethnic strengths of our country development
of centers such as Chinatown and Little Tbkyo were
encouraged. If the amendment vras passed hew would
it be enforced to prevent such "illegal"
Vhy are organizations such as the Denver City
Council, Colorado Council of Churches, league of
Wdmen Veters, Denver Beard of Education, etc.?
individuals such as Governor Roy Rarer, Congress-
woman Pat Schroeder, Mayor Frederico Rena etc.; as
well as the local media including the Rocky
Mountain News and the Denver Post opposed to this
amendment? Is it because they recognized that the
proposed amendment is unnecessary, too vaguely
worded, divisive, and potentially very harmful?
lastly, vhy did many minority groups vote for
similar amendments in California? Vfes it lack of
information, fear of the new immigrants, or
resentment of funds being spent for the new
immigrants to help them adjust to their new
homeland? Are we guilty of prejudice and unfounded
fears, or will we knew better than to be beguiled
by tlie [iseudo patriotism of this Official English
amendment. Vote ND in November!!!

Attendees at the reception held in honor of Counsel General
Yanari from San Fracisco. Extreme upper left, Henry Suzuki
with Counsel General Yanari. Decending, Joanna and Bob Sakata,
Mrs. Joe Ozaki and Dr. Sumiko Hennessey, Rose Tanabe, Karen
Tagawa, Miyoka Bando and Dr. William Takahashi. Bottom, Jim
and Chiyo Kanemoto, Sumi and Roy Takeno. Extreme upper right, Mrs. True Yasui
John Hanatani, Frank Torizawa, Yutaka Xnai and Joe Ozaki. Des- 1150 S. Williams St
cending, Lil Masamori, Ben Murakami, Ben Kumagai and Gerri Denver CO 80210
Murakami. Standing, Dale Arnold and Noboru Wakumoto, seated
Dr. Jim and Tillie Taguchi, Kiyoto Futa, George and Mary Masu-
naga and Tamiko Arnold. A Mile-Hi Chapter meeting was held
following the reception and the new officers installed.