Minidoka survivors on U.S. government’s violation of Americans’ civil rights

Producer Rory Banyard’s film, “Betrayed: Surviving An American Concentration Camp,” explores the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans by the United States government during World War II. The Nichi Bei Foundation will screen the film online during its 11th annual Films of Remembrance Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. PST. The film may be viewed through […]

Utah senator drops opposition, Amache camp bill advances

DENVER — A proposal to create a national historic site at a former World War II Japanese American concentration camp in rural Colorado has passed the U.S. Senate after Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee dropped his objections to adding more land to the federal government’s portfolio — in this case less than a square mile. […]

Phase 2 of Japanese American redress has begun

Phase 2 of the historic Japanese American campaign for redress is underway. The signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which many of you supported, (thank you!) gave redress to Japanese Americans who were citizens and Legal Permanent Residents when they were interned during World War II, but Japanese Latin Americans (JLAs) were excluded. […]

Day of Remembrance: An invented tradition for the community

The Day of Remembrance was created in Seattle, at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, on Thanksgiving weekend of 1978. Days of Remembrance have now become a tradition to mark the anniversary of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, but it is an invented tradition, observed wherever Japanese Americans live. The leadership in 1978 came from the Evacuation […]

Northern Calif. Time of Remembrance: A collaborative effort to educate the public

As we approach the 80th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942 — which led to the forced removal and incarceration of some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent into American concentration camps during World War II — the Nichi Bei Weekly spoke with Christine Umeda, chair of […]

A classroom favorite and must-have for families

Hello Maggie! Revised 2nd Edition By Shigeru Yabu, illustrated by Willie Ito (Camarillo, Calif.: Yabitoon Books, 2021, 42 pp., $19.95, paperback) “Hello Maggie!” is the true childhood story of author Shig Yabu and his best friend, a magpie named Maggie. It is also a chronicle of Shig and his family’s forced removal from their life […]

New exhibit at Angel Island features WWII experiences of Japanese immigrants incarcerated by the Department of Justice

Angel Island State Park and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation recently opened a new permanent exhibit in the World War II mess hall on the island, “Taken From their Families: Japanese American Incarceration on Angel Island During World War II.” It tells the story of the internment of 700 Japanese immigrants who were held […]

Finding hope behind bars

LOVE IN THE LIBRARY By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yas Imamura (Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2022, 40 pp, $18.99, hardcover) To many of us, the wartime incarceration is an impossible story. We thought we were free. We are American citizens with all the privileges that holds. So we find it impossible to believe that our […]

How Hawai‘i avoided incarcerating Japanese Americans en masse

INCLUSION: HOW HAWAI‘I PROTECTED JAPANESE AMERICANS FROM MASS INTERNMENT, TRANSFORMED ITSELF, AND CHANGED AMERICA By Tom Coffman (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2021, 384 pp., $24.99, paperback) Tom Coffman is a prolific scholar, journalist and filmmaker whose books “Nation Within” and “The Island Edge of America: A Political History of Hawai‘i” have shaped scholarly discourse […]

‘Composite history’ falls short

ENEMIES AMONG US: THE RELOCATION, INTERNMENT, AND REPATRIATION OF GERMAN, ITALIAN, AND JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR By John E. Schmitz (Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 2021, 430 pp., $65, hardcover) Author John Schmitz sets himself the daunting task of putting together a composite history of the wartime internment and incarceration of […]

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