U.C. Davis



Friday, December 11, 2009 
Mr. COSTA: Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay special tribute to Mr. John Yoshio Kashiki (Poston 328-5-B) of Parlier, California on the occasion of receiving an honorary degree from the University of California, Davis more than 6 decades after his studies were interrupted by the events of World War II.  I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking John for his decades of service to the people of California’s Central Valley.      Mr. Kashiki was born in California in 1919 and grew up in the Imperial Valley. John was attending the University of California, Davis when the onset of World War II led to the internment of Japanese-Americans and nationals of Japanese heritage. John Kashiki was one of hundreds of men and women attending the University of California who were forced to leave their studies in 1942 as a result of the executive order.

Mr. Kashiki’s experience with internment did not, however, serve to sway his commitment to his country. John volunteered to serve in the storied 442nd Infantry regiment of the United States Army which was composed of Asian-American soldiers who served with great distinction in Europe. 
   After returning home, John started farming and packing businesses in Parlier, California and remains an active member of the community and an avid fisherman.

     Over six decades after enrolling in college, John and the forty-six other students who were forced to abandon their studies at the University of California, Davis, are being recognized by the University with the awarding of the honorary degrees they so richly deserve. John, and fellow class members, will receive their degrees on December 12th, 2009 with friends and family in attendance. 
    Please join me in congratulating Mr. John Yashio Kashiki on this well-deserved honor and thanking him for his years of service to his community and to his country.
Source: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2009-12-11/pdf/CREC-2009-12-11-pt1-PgE2982-4.pdf

Tears, Smiles and a Dream Fulfilled

UC Davis bestows honorary degrees to 47 Nisei grads and families.

By Nao Gunji and Jordan Ikeda
Rafu Staff Writers
Dec 16 2009
     [John Yoshio] Kashiki (Poston 328-5-B) was one of 47 Japanese Americans who received honorary degrees from UC Davis during its 2009 fall commencement held at the ARC Pavilion on Saturday. He was also one of only 3 Nisei students who made it to the event to personally accept his degree more than 6 decades later.

     Last July, the UC Regents voted to suspend the university system’s 37-year moratorium on honorary degrees to acknowledge more than 700 former Japanese American internees whose educations were interrupted in 1942 due to Executive Order 9066. UC San Francisco honored over 60 Nisei students earlier this month while 45 students received their degrees from UC Berkeley on Sunday.
     Kashiki, along with Ben Mitsuo Hatanaka, 87, Harold Haruya Takahashi, 87, and a group of family members and friends representing 10 former students sat before the 328 graduates of Davis’ fall 2009 graduating class.
     “UC Davis is proud to take part in this important effort, and we are honored to have the former students and their families here today,” UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said during her introduction of the honorees.
Source: http://rafu.com/news/2009/12/tears-smiles-and-a-dream-fulfilled/
UC Davis to honor Parlier man with honorary degree
Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009
Fresno Bee staff
     A Parlier man will be among 47 Japanese-American students recognized with honorary degrees Saturday at the University of California at Davis.
     University officials say Yoshio John Kashiki (Poston 328-5-B) 90, of Parlier will attend the ceremony along with about 20 family members.
     The degrees honor former students who were forced to leave their studies because of the internment order during World War II.
     At least three students are expected to attend the ceremony, according to the university. Family members and friends will represent other honorees, including four who have died.

No comments: