Recalling the seeds and impact of America’s WWII concentration camps on the anniversary of EO 9066 Asian-American Village Special Archive

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Signs Korematsu Day Bill
Release by CA Asm. Warren Furutani 
Bill establishes January 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution

Biting Into Your Skin: Tule Lake Pilgrimage
By Susie Ling, Special to Asian-American Village
A national disgrace becomes a national monument as more than 400 gather for pilgrimage to former concentration camp

“The Rights of the Camera”
By Jasmine Alinder, Special to Asian-American Village
Essay examines civil liberties, representation, and the power of photography in World War II and today

Camp Home: Tule Lake Today in Photos
By Stewart David Ikeda, Asian-American Village
hoto exhibit by noted travel and portrait photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki provides an unusual glimpse at the structures of the WWII Japanese American internment camps as they survive today

Q&A: David Mura on Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire
By Alexs Pate
Interview with the author of Turning Japanese and Where the Body Meets Memory

Passing Poston: An American Story
By Joseph Fox
Filmmaker discusses inspiration behind film about Poston internment camp on an AZ reservation in WWII

JACL Responds to “Defense of Internment, Case for Race Profiling”
By the Japanese American Citizens League
The nation’s largest and oldest APA civil rights organization responds to new revisionist title by conservative commentator Michelle Malkin

Thanks, Michelle!
By Gil Asakawa, Nikkei View
Gil Asakawa takes a “NikkeiView” of the book In Defense of Internment

Internment, Redress and the Art of Apology
By S. D. Ikeda, Asian-American Village
Grading Ex-Presidents Clinton and Bush on their Internment Lessons

Book Profiles Japanese Americans’ “Greatest Generation”
By Gil Asakawa, Nikkei View
“The annual Day of Remembrance on Feb. 19 isn’t just the day to commemorate the 1942 signing by President Roosevelt of Executive Order 9066″

Internment and Lost Youth
By Gil Asakawa, Nikkei View
Gil Asakawa takes a fresh “NikkeiView” of the PBS documentary Children of the Camps

2002 DoR Editorial: Not “Just a Japanese Thing”
By S. D. Ikeda, Asian-American Village
After 9/11, has the internment finally transcended Japanese-American history?

What Do Other Villagers Think?

“An event like the WWII internment of civilians could never happen today. It is impossible even during wartime.”

Agree – 11.54%
Disagree – 61.54%
Not Sure – 26.92%

“We must surrender some civil liberties and privacy to improve national security.”

Agree – 61.54%
Disagree – 23.18%
Not Sure – 15.38%

Village Dialogue: Reparations for War, Slavery, and Internment
By S. D. Ikeda, Asian-American Village
Response to reader’s letter on ‘The Art of Apology’ article and anger over reparations

Resistance Revisited: Review of Tule Lake by Edward Miyakawa
By Harvey Dong, Eastwind Books of Berkeley

Secret Asian Man’s: Wild on Manzanar
By Tak Toyoshima, AAV Artist-in-Residence
Cartoon: A spring break special report from the S.A.M. archives

Review: Internment Books for Kids
By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Asian-American Village Contributing Editor
Titles that sensitively broach tough themes of discrimination and friendship in wartime

New Internment Book Offers Multigenerational Perspectives
Publishers release for “Last Witnesses”: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans

JACL to Recognize and Apologize to WWII Resisters of Conscience
Rights organization seeks to heal rift in J-A community at May 2002 ceremony

Teaching about Japanese-American Internment
Gary Mukai, ERIC Digests
Originally ran in our ERIC APA Issues in Education September readings series

Of Military “Necessities”
By Phil Tajitsu Nash, Contributing Writer
Phil Tajitsu Nash on the “other internment lesson”: How a government molds public opinion

For Asian Americans, a War on Two Fronts
By S. D. Ikeda, Asian-American Village
APAs react to distant and not-so-distant historical lessons

Novelist Explores a “Birthright” Issue
By Sam Cacas, Contributing Editor
Marnie Mueller’s The Climate of the Country

Archives: “Is the Internment Finally ‘Over’?”
By Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Kate Motoyama, Tom Nakayama
On the anniversary of Exec. Order 9066, the ten-year period of government reparations to J-A internees has ended, at last bringing resolution to this dreary chapter of U.S. history. Or has it? Three Japanese Americans share their thoughts.

The Evacuation Diary of Hatsuye Egami: June 5, 1942
Edited by Claire Gorfinkel
Excerpt from a lost diary of an Issei woman during her WWII evacuation–rediscovered and published posthumously after 50 years.

Archives: Day of Remembrance, Year of Forgetting
By Stewart David Ikeda, Editor
Editorial: February 2000’s Day of Remembrance

Archives: 1999 Day of Remembrance
Features 1999: Redress Office, Latin American Cases, Come to an End; Remembering Fred Korematsu; California Passes Honda Bill For Civil Liberties Education; more.


Japanese American Internment Timeline Asian-American Village Staff
From our 2001 DoR edition

Executive Order No. 9066
Government Sources
Text of EO 9066, signed by FDR on Feb. 19, 1942, allowing the mass removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast

Michi Weglyn Obituary
By Phil Tajitsu Nash
Remembering the “Rosa Parks of the Japanese American Redress Movement”

Day of Remembrance – Documents
Government Sources
Evacuation poster, President Clinton’s apology letter, and other related public documents is committed to presenting diverse points of view. However, the viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at IMD.