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.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.