Film uncovers little-known story of music in camp by incarcerated Nikkei

“For Joy,” a film by Julian Saporiti and the No-No Boy project, tells the little-known story of a Nikkei teenager who sang with a jazz band formed in the World War II concentration camp for Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain, Wyo. The story also sheds light on a hidden history — the music played during […]

WHEN ‘THEN’ MEETS ‘NOW’: Film examines bonds made in Crystal City camp, lessons for today

How is “now” — meaning the Trumpian era where government officials criminalize immigrants and asylum seekers from non-Aryan countries — connected to “then” — the World War II period when people of Japanese descent from the West Coast and Latin American countries were incarcerated in United States-style concentration camps? To find out, join three men […]

Getting to the heart of a nation

During its annual film showcase Feb. 23 in San Francisco’s Japantown, the Nichi Bei Foundation plans to present a series of short films on the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. Entitled “Americanism is in the Heart,” the three films explore sacrifices some 120,000 people of Japanese descent made while incarcerated The short films consist of […]

In exposing falsehoods, ‘Alternative Facts’ connects the past to the present

In the documentary, “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066,” Jon Osaki, who produced and directed the film, takes a new angle in telling the experiences of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans into United States-style concentration camps and ties what occurred in the 1940s to our current state of the union. […]

Next-generation filmmakers help to rediscover incarceration history

During its annual film showcase, the Nichi Bei Foundation will present a series of three short films on the history of the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans directed by younger generations of filmmakers. Entitled “History Rediscovered,” the short films explore stories that detail the experience of some Japanese Americans during World War II when some […]

Films of Remembrance unveils little-known stories of wartime incarceration

The Nichi Bei Foundation presented its seventh annual Films of Remembrance program, featuring a curated selection of 10 films, Feb. 24 at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. The one-day film showcase shed light on once-hidden facets of the Japanese American incarceration experience where some 120,000 people of Japanese decent were imprisoned during […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Calif. Civil Liberties projects announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program announced in a statement May 2 that 29 California groups will receive funding for projects to remember the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans, as well as “present-day civil liberty issues.” The State Library has awarded more than $922,000 has been awarded by the State Library […]

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