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Photographs of Japanese American Internees & Their Families, Then & Now

Dec 4, 2019
Paul Kitagaki

On this edition of Your Call, distinguished photographer and videographer Paul Kitagaki discusses his new book, Behind Barbed Wire: The Search for Japanese Americans Incarcerated During World War II.

Photo by John Orvis

 

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about cultural responses to exclusion.

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

 

Oakland writer Chizu Omori and her family were among the near 120,000 Japanese Americans forced to leave their homes and relocate to incarceration camps during World War II. Omori was just 12 years old when she was sent to Poston, a camp in the desert of Arizona.

Order 9066: Objects of Incarceration

Jul 17, 2018
Courtesy of American Public Media

This is an excerpt from “Order 9066,” a podcast from American Public Media and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

What’s happening today to immigrants seeking asylum or refuge in the United States has many thinking about another time, a time when another population was incarcerated in this country in the name of national security. The time was World War Two, and the people were Japanese Americans.

Gen Fujitani

Last month in San Francisco, an estimated 30,000 people protested against President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, which has led to the incarceration and separation of children from their parents.

One particularly vocal group at the protest: Japanese Americans, part of the group Nikkei Resistors.