MR. JOHN YASHIO KASHIKI (Poston 328-5-B)
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.
After returning home, John started farming and packing businesses in Parlier, California and remains an active member of the community and an avid fisherman.
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.
Rafu Staff Writers
UC Davis to honor Parlier man with honorary degree