Susan Hayase

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Susan Hayase

Susan Hayase was an active participant in the redress movement of the 1980s and a member of the San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee and National Coalition for Redress/Reparations.

She performed with San Jose Taiko during the 1980s and also with other Asian American musicians. She was appointed to the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund board by President Clinton and served as its vice-chair from 1996 to 1998. She was a hardware and software engineer for many years in Silicon Valley, and resides in San Jose.

She is married to Tom Izu.

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared” was released May 12 2020.

":Our demands: The country’s greatest priority at this moment is to beat the COVID-19 crisis, and this requires embracing principles of antiracist solidarity and international cooperation. The Biden campaign can and should beat Trump and the GOP with a message centered on our real public health needs and the progressive values that are required to meet those needs. The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency."

Signatories included Susan Hayase Former Vice-Chair Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, San Jose Nikkei Resisters.

San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee

As of 1985 Susan Hayase is a third generation Japanese American. She has been a member of the San Jose Taiko Group since 1980 and is Chairperson of the San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee. [1]


In 1978 Susan Hayase was a Senior in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.

Stanford Day of Remembrance Program


On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 placing over 120,000 JAmericans in concentration camps. Their only crime was their ancestry. A Day of Remembrance Program Friday, February 23 1990 Bpm, Flicker Dining & Performance Center Speakers: Fred Korematsu Supreme Court Case vs. U.S. Government, Sue Tokushigo Former Internee, Susan Hayase Nihanmacho Outreach Committee, Ed Morimoto President, Stanford University Nikkei Cultural Performance: Taiko and Piano Selections Sponsored by: A'C, AASA, ASSU Speakers Bureau, COP, Student Unity Network.[2]

Defending students

After receiving formal charges for breaking the campus disruption policy May 31 1989, several students involved in the takeover of University President Donald Kennedy's office said the charges would severely disrupt the healing process that had begun with the administration. "I've really lost any faith that I had for any healing process," protester Gina Hernandez said during a press conference held last night by the Agenda for Action coalition, the group which organized the takeover. "There's no due process for us here at this university," said Hernandez, a senior. About 50 students, faculty members, staff members, alumni and family members of arrested students attended the coalition's press conference.

Formal charges of violating the University's policy on campus disruption were scheduled to be mailed May 31 to 53 students involved in the takeover of Kennedy's office. According to Stacey Leyton, a protester and an outgoing Council of Presidents member, several of the students who anticipated finding charges in their mailboxes later this week picked up copies of their charges yesterday afternoon at the Judicial Affairs Office.

Coalition member Judy Wu said at the press conference that protesters believe the disruption policy "is really part of the Fundamental Standard although the administration is saying it's something different.

Several faculty, staff members, alumni and family members of protesters spoke at the May 31 press conference, offering support for the students. Susan Hayase, an Asian American Stanford alumna, said she was "outraged and disgusted by the actions of the University." The administration's treatment of the students "is very heavyhanded and it's unnecessary, inappropriate and out-of-step with reality," Hayase said. "We think these students should be supported and not prosecuted." According to Hayase, the students' May 15 actions were part of a growing movement for empowerment by people of color. "It's something that Donald Kennedy would have known if he had taken an Asian-American studies class years ago," she said.

Sandra Viera, a secretary in the Career Planning and Placement Center, said she was frustrated by the University's actions. "I see the University as trying to separate the campus disruption policy from the Fundamental Standard as an attempt to get away from looking hypocritical," she said. According to Viera, "Stanford has shown through it's actions that it will punish those who try to make this University a truly multicultural education." Anthropology Prof. Renato Rosaldo said he wanted to voice his support for the students. Cecil Taylor, the father of protester Cheryl Taylor, said his entire family backed the efforts of those who occupied Kennedy's office. Carol Brown, the mother of David Brown, also voiced support for the students. "Our family was proud that David was involved in the action," she said. "Students should be allowed to protest".[3]

"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"

Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.

This group was a split in the League of Revolutionary Struggle which soon became the Unity Organizing Committee.

Those listed as supporters of the call included Susan Hayase, chair Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, San Jose, California. .

Unity Organizing Committee

In 1991 Susan Hayase was co-chair of the San Jose Unity Organizing Committee.[4]

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Nikkei for Civil Rights & RedressBoard of Directors, 2002;

San Jose Remembers the World War II Concentration Camps

According to Naomi Nakamura March 1, 2002, more than 200 people gathered at the Buddhist Church in San Jose's Japantown, Feb. 17, for the annual Day of Remembrance program. For more than twenty years, the Japanese American community has commemorated President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, which led to the removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes on the west coast, and forced their imprisonment in U.S. concentration camps during World War II.

Jiro Saito told the audience how he was only three years old when his father was arrested in the days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Jim McEntee, of the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission, remembered how his Japanese American neighbors "just disappeared."

Susan Hayase spoke for the Nihomachi Outreach Committee, which organizes the Day of Remembrance program in San Jose. She reminded people how the Commission on Wartime Internment and Relocation of Civilians concluded that the World War II concentration camps were a result of "war hysteria, racism, and failure of political leadership," and how we can see the same today after Sept. 11.

Perhaps the most moving moments came during the speech of Maha Elgenaidi of the Islamic Networks Group. She stated that Muslims condemn terrorism, and thankedd the Catholic and the Japanese American communities for their support for the Muslim community in the days and weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center. El Genaidi ended with the warning that the U.S. "war on terrorism is becoming a war of terror itself."

In addition to speakers tying together the World War II concentration camps for Japanese Americans and the current attacks on Arab, Muslim, and Asian immigrants, there were also speakers on the continuing struggle of Japanese Latin Americans to gain redress and representatives from the Buddhist and United Methodist Churches. There was a rousing performance of the Hawai'ian slack key guitar and by the San Jose Taiko (Japanese American drumming group). The program also included a candle lighting ceremony as a memorial to those interned in the concentration camps, followed by a candlelight procession through Japantown.[6]

"Is Islam taking the place of communism..."

According to Naomi Nakamura on June 2 2002, members of the San Jose Japanese American community met at the Yu-Ai-Kai (Japanese American Seniors' Center). They were there to learn more about the attacks on Arab Americans, Muslims and civil liberties following Sept. 11. Susan Hayase moderated the program on behalf of the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee. In her introduction, Hayase said, "It is happening again," and pointed the connection between the mass arrests of Japanese Americans following Pearl Harbor and the detention of Arab and Muslim Americans today.

Fadi Saba, a member of the Coalition for Civil Liberties, said that the attacks on Arabs and Muslims today echo the Palmer Raids of the 1920's, where the U.S. government rounded up and deported thousands of immigrants suspected of being communists. Mark Schlosberg, of the American Civil Liberties Union, warned the audience about the USA Patriot Act, which expands police powers, labels civil disobedience as terrorism, and targets immigrants. Maha Elgenaidi, of the Islamic Networks Group, raised the question, "Is Islam taking the place of communism in a new cold war?" She also called on individuals to educate themselves and for the community to speak out as a group.

After the panel presentation, members of the audience shared web sites on civil liberties, the concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II, and anti-war information. There was a discussion about the Arab Americans who had been fired by Cadence Designs and Macy's. Towards the end of the discussion, Masao Suzuki, a member of the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, said there was a need to "build a base in the Japanese American community, build ties with Arab, Muslim, and South Asian Americans, and criticize U.S. foreign policy."[7]

Japanese - Muslim solidarity

On March 25, 2017, 200 people marched from San Jose Japantown to San Jose City Hall to express the solidarity between Japanese Americans and American Muslims. Since the election of Donald Trump, many Japanese Americans have been mobilized to oppose the anti-Muslim government policies such as the travel ban from majority-Muslim countries. The march was sponsored by the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) and the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA).

As people assembled for the march, Susan Hayase - former NOC chair and the vice-chairperson of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund in the period after the fight for redress and reparations - emceed a short program that included welcomes by Reverend Shinya Goto of the First United Methodist Church and Faisal Yazadi of the Evergreen Islamic Center.

The lead banner expressed the theme of the day: “1942-2017, 75 years of resistance. No to concentration camps. No to Islamophobia.” On the way to city hall, the marchers chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, Islamophobia has got to go!” and “Two, four, six, eight, the fight for justice will not wait!” People joined the march along the way.

Once at city hall, emcee began the rally saying, “Welcome, and thank you so much for being here! My name is Lisa Washio-Collette, and on behalf of the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, we thank you for attending this grassroots day of solidarity between Japanese Americans and American Muslims! The Nihonmachi Outreach Committee is a progressive organization based in the San Jose Japanese American community that is dedicated to educating the public about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, and as a consequence, is committed to defending all people on issues of civil rights, equality, justice, tolerance and peace. We are grateful to be co-sponsoring this event with the South Bay Islamic Association.”

The rally was co-emceed by Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Other speakers at the rally included Judy Mine, Silicon Valley Japanese American Citizens League (JACL); Faisal Yazadi (EIC); Masao Suzuki (NOC); Susan Hayase; Fumiaki Tosu, Casa de Clara Catholic Worker; Jesus Ruíz, People Acting in Community Together (PACT); Ash Kalra, State Assembly District 27 that includes Japantown; Tom Oshidari, San Jose JACL; and Robert Greenfield, African American Community Service Agency.[8]


  1. [East Wind WINTER/SPRING 1985 page 47]
  2. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 197, Issue 14, 23 February 1990]
  3. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 195, Issue 71, 1 June 1989]
  4. [Unity October 1991]
  5. [1]
  6. [Fightback San Jose Remembers the World War II Concentration Camps for Japanese Americans by Naomi Nakamura | March 1, 2002]
  7. [Fightback News, War Hysteria, Then and Now by Naomi Nakamura | June 2, 2002]
  8. FB News, Japanese American and American Muslim solidarity march By staff | March 28, 2017