RABBIT RAMBLINGS: An intersectional battle for justice

It has always bothered me that our history of being incarcerated during World War II, based solely on the fact of our being of Japanese descent, has been so obscure and relatively unknown. I admit that many of us didn’t want to talk about it, and it wasn’t something that one would bring up in […]

2019 budget proposal eliminates funding for Japanese American Confinement Sites grants

President Donald Trump’s “budget proposal unveiled the middle of February, includes the elimination of funding for the Japanese American Confinement Sites …  Grants Program,” the Japanese American Citizens League said in a statement. “The JACS Grant program, authorized in 2006, has provided over $21 million in grants to 163 grantees representing states, counties, local governments, […]

American nightmare turned into American Dream

“Moving Walls” by Sharon Yamato recounts the Japanese American experience at the Heart Mountain, Wyo. concentration camp during World War II, and also discloses what happened after the war to the 457 barracks that had housed more than 10,700 ethnic Japanese from 1942-45. The film describes how young veterans (including one Nisei, Tak Ogawa) seeking […]

Film examines little-known history of incarceration on Hawai‘i Island

Filmmaker Ryan Kawamoto continues his exploration of Hawai‘i’s hidden history with “Voices From Behind Barbed Wire: Stories From Hawai‘i Island,” a follow-up to his 2012 film “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i.” The short film examines the little-known history of the incarceration of the Japanese population on the Big Island of Hawai‘i […]

‘Never Give Up!’ focuses on civil rights icon Minoru Yasui’s legacy

“Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice,” by Holly Yasui and Will Doolittle, highlights the life of Minoru Yasui, who during World War II intentionally violated Executive Order 9066, the presidential orders that resulted in the incarceration of more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in United States concentration camps. Minoru Yasui, […]

Addressing the silence

Following World War II, Japanese Americans returned home to the West Coast from various concentration camps. The experience, traumatic and humiliating for many former inmates, became a taboo subject for numerous families. Often times, their children would not learn about their incarceration until years later. Marlene Shigekawa, a filmmaker based in Lafayette, Calif., explores that […]

‘New Asahi’ celebrate legacy of Japanese Canadian baseball legends

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Kyodo) — Koichi Kaminishi, the last living member of a storied Japanese Canadian baseball team active from 1914 until Canada’s mass incarceration of Japanese during World War II, reflected on the team and his wartime experiences at a celebration of his 96th birthday this month near Vancouver. The gathering, put on by a new […]

SPEAKING OUT FOR JUSTICE: Landmark CWRIC hearings led to JA redress: Testimonies to the L.A. Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings now available on DVD

LOS ANGELES — Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress and Visual Communications announced the release of a DVD documenting the portion of the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings held in Los Angeles in 1981. The announcement was made during a program Dec. 2 at the Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi […]

A Nikkei incarceration odyssey

AN INTERNMENT ODYSSEY: HAISHO TENTEN By Suikei Furuya (Honolulu: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, 2017, 416 pp., $26, paperback) The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i has been responsible — in part — for publishing three remarkable books: “Life behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaii Issei” (2008); “Family Torn Apart: […]

Website project seeks to uncover the stories within ‘50 Objects’

A comic book, a Bible, a homeplate, a chair. These may seem like curious, even random, objects to explore the culture and history of America’s concentration camps. Yet each is a portal into someone’s life containing multiple narratives about a tangible thing that is part of our communal memory. Many of our family objects from […]

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