Hama Sushi proprietor Esther Chaing has donated nearly $8,000 in restaurant fundraiser proceeds toward installing a memorial obelisk to mark the spot where Westside Japanese Americans were rounded up for internment during World War II

Hama Sushi proprietor Esther Chaing has donated nearly $8,000 in restaurant fundraiser proceeds toward installing a memorial obelisk to mark the spot where Westside Japanese Americans were rounded
up for internment during World War II

In April 1942, about 1,000 Westside residents of Japanese ancestry were rounded up at the corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards and sent off to be imprisoned in holding camps during World War II.

The committee working to install a 9’6” black granite obelisk at the northwest corner of that intersection is holding its annual fundraiser on Thursday, April 23, at Hama Sushi (213 Windward Ave., Venice).

The Venice Japanese American Memorial Committee wants the marker to remind locals of the injustice of discrimination bases on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.

Hama Sushi proprietor Esther Chaing once again donates 100% of proceeds from Hama’s box lunch bento and 10% of dinner sales to the committee. Over the years, Chaing and Hama Sushi have donated nearly $8,000 to the cause.

The fundraising program begins at 11 a.m. with a screening of Stephen Nagano’s short film, “Six Weddings and a Dress,” followed by lunch at noon. To pre-order a $20 bento box (chicken teriyaki, cucumber salad, edamame, spicy tuna and California roll, shrimp and vegetable tempura, plus water or soda), contact Phyllis Hayashibara at (310) 390-1576 or phyllishayashibara@gmail.com. Curbside service also available.

— Michael Aushenker

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