YBE Spotlighted on ‘Today’ Show

Young Buddhist Editorial, which celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this year, scored a major media coup when it was the subject of a national “Today” show segment on May 7.

The brief piece, which ran for about five minutes, also showed Seattle Betsuin Resident Minister and Rinban Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki, Tacoma Buddhist Temple Rev. Tadao Koyama, Tacoma Dharma School Superintendent June Akita and the Tacoma Dharma School students in a virtual Zoom session.

YBE Editor-in-Chief Trevor Yokoyama, President Devon Matsumoto and News and Buzz Editor Emily Ko are also featured in the segment, which showed how Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is being passed down to young Japanese Americans. It was broadcast during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Yokoyama pointed out the importance of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to Japanese American culture and identity, especially after the fallout and racism that spiked in the forced mass removal and detention of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. In the postwar period, all ties with Japan — such as language, culture, art, and history — were downplayed or discouraged by many Nisei because of the drive to assimilate to the predominant American culture. Subsequently, as an example, most Sansei and Yonsei generations do not speak the Japanese language, a key connection to heritage and culture.