Suyama Project seeks stories of WWII protests

LOS ANGELES — United States residents of Japanese ancestry, who reportedly endured without protest the forced relocation from their West Coast homes and incarceration in U.S.-style concentration camps after Japan’s December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, have been stereotyped for decades as “quiet Americans.” Contradicting this image were the hundreds of Nikkei who protested against […]

Heart Mountain film wins Emmys

LOS ANGELES — “Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain” won three Emmy Awards at the 66th annual Emmy Awards on July 26. David Ono, co-producer, won Outstanding Writer – Programming and Jeff MacIntyre, co-producer, won  Outstanding Editor – Programming and Outstanding Videographer – Single Camera Programming. “This isn’t just a win for the show, it […]

NPS announces $2.9 mil. in grants to preserve WWII Nikkei confinement sites

WASHINGTON — National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis on June 12 announced 21 grants totaling more than $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret the World War II confinement sites of Japanese Americans. The U.S. government imprisoned some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, following Japan’s attack on Pearl […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Resources aid in telling long-neglected wartime camp stories

The other day, I checked out the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program for a look at the grants that they are giving out. I was amazed and also a little puzzled at the types of projects that are receiving these grants. When my sister and I were looking for funding for […]

A lifelong relationship: Citizens and the state

PRISONS AND PATRIOTS: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory By Cherstin M. Lyon (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011, 233 pp., $30.95, paperback) “Prisons and Patriots” is Cherstin Lyon’s first book. Its publication catapults Professor Lyon, a historian at California State University, San Bernardino, into the ranks of the premier scholars of World […]

A DAY OF INFAMY INCITES LIFETIMES OF ACTIVISM: Two iconic Nisei recall the event that changed the fate of the community

The lives of Japanese Americans would forever be changed following Dec. 7, 1941, the date that President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “will live in infamy.” For many Nisei, that fateful day left an indelible memory of lives disrupted and changed forever. For two women who grew up in Southern California, this major event in U.S. […]

New book on resisters examines wartime definition of patriotism, civil disobedience

CHICAGO — A new book being published by Temple University Press in November is re-examining wartime definitions of citizenship, patriotism, prisons, and civil disobedience through the lives of Gordon Hirabayashi and a group of Nisei draft resisters who called themselves the “Tucsonians.” “Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory” is […]

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