The University Of California, Restoring Justice, And WW II Japanese American Students

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This is a good read from down at the Chicago Tribune on the recent honorary degrees handed out to WW II Japanese American students that I wanted to make sure and post on up:

Gus Ikemoto received an unusual Christmas gift from the University of California, Davis, recently.

It was a special honorary degree authorized in July by the UC Board of Regents as an apology to all Japanese-American students who were attending the school during World War II and forced to leave when Americans of Japanese ancestry were being placed in internment camps.

On the degree is a Latin inscription meaning: "to restore justice ... to the academy."

What exactly does that mean to the 86-year-old Ikemoto (pronounced EE-kay-moh-toh), who came to Chicago in 1951, fell in love with the White Sox and never left?

"I am truly honored," said Ikemoto, who was the first in a family of immigrant farmers to go to college. "I never thought this day would come."