Monday, June 8, 2009

Nisei Students Help Others



We're pleased to share a positive news story today. Teresa Watanabe's June 6 article in the Los Angeles Times serves as antidote to sad reports of college students having to drop out as tuition rises and student loans shrink. Fred Hoshiyama, a 94-year-old Nisei from Culver City, is helping Chimchanbo Uk, an 18-year-old Cambodian native, get through college. Fred donates to the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund along with other Japanese Americans who left incarceration camps to attend college through the intervention of the American Friends Service Committee.

Talk about giving back. Since its founding in 1980, the Nisei commemorative fund has made over $.5 million in scholarships to Southeast Asian students. Watanabe reports, "With stories of Vietnamese boat people filling the news at the time, the founders proposed that the fund help Southeast Asians displaced by war rather than their own relatively assimilated and economically comfortable community." Charity begets charity. Scholarship recipient Chimchanbo Uk wants to advance opportunities for others by working for the United Nations after graduation.

1 comment:

patricia.kiyono said...

Apropos of this blog is an obit for Dr. Kenji Murase, professor of social work at San Francisco State Univ. and a founder of the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund. Read here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/15/BA0S185NB3.DTL

His daughter said, "My father insisted that the scholarships go to Southeast Asian kids - boat people who came to this country with nothing."