FROM Lane Hirabayashi
Toyota Leaving Torrance for Texas Toyota announced today that it will move its North American headquarters from Torrance to the Dallas area. Toyota, Honda and Nissan (formerly Datsun) arrived in Southern California in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. They all eventually established their U.S. headquarters in the South Bay. Now, they’ve all moved or are in the process of moving. Toyota is likely to take as many as five thousand jobs to Texas. What will this mean for the South Bay, which was home to a large population of Japanese and Japanese-Americans long before Japan’s “big three” located there?
Japanese-American Who Defied US Government in WWII Has Died In the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942, Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were herded into prison camps in the name of national security. Only three refused, to the consternation of other Japanese Americans. None of them is still alive now that Gordon Hirabayashi has died at the age of 93. His nephew is Lane Hirabayashi, Professor of Asian-American Studies at UCLA.
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