Remembering Yuri Kochiyama: She moved mountains, quietly.

Yuri Kochiyama’s influential life was undeniable proof that the struggle transcends color and creeds. May she rest in peace and in power. Seattle-based hip hop group, Blue Scholars, paid their respects to Yuri Kochiyama:

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Yuri Kochiyama was a human being. She believed in humans, not in nations, religions, races. She acted on that belief. She fought for the liberation of all people.

Born and raised in California, she was mostly sheltered during her childhood. It was one event that changed her life completely. Year was 1941, month December, the day when the Japanese empire bombed Pearl Harbor.

Yuri was twenty years old. Soon after the bombings, the FBI arrested her father, whom they considered a “suspect” who could threaten national security. While her father was in federal prison he was denied medical care, and by the time he was released on January 20, 1942, he had become too sick to speak. Her father died the day after his release.

Soon after the death of her father, the U.S. government ordered Yuri, her mother and brother to leave their home in San Pedro. They were “evacuated” to a converted horse stable at the Santa Anita Assembly Center for several months…

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6 Responses to Remembering Yuri Kochiyama: She moved mountains, quietly.

  1. Thanks for sharing this, as she is one person I had not known about.


  2. KEXP Seattle is a great station for public affairs programming. Their Mind Over Matters program (Sat and Sun from 6-9 am) is followed internationally. I first began listening in 1993 when I lived in Seattle. Since moving to New Zealand I listen to it via their Internet archives which they keep on the website for 14 days.

    Mike McCormick of Talking Stick TV produces the progamming (as a volunteer).

    Listen by going to

    Click on On Demand, Streaming Show Archive, then go to Sat or Sun at 6 am.


    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Good information you’ve shared. One of the coolest things (in my opinion) about the internet is being able to listen to local public radio stations anywhere in the world.


  3. lumar1298 says:

    I’ve heard about these camps… Thanks for sharing…


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