Japanese American Internment

Jul 30, 2014
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The Art Made by Japanese Americans in Internment Camps

Bellevue Arts Museum Exhibits Objects Made from Scraps by People Enduring the Unendurable

Under Executive Order 9066, Rose Sueoka could not get her clothes clean enough. After she scrubbed them in the shared, makeshift latrine of her hastily erected prison, the clothes would be mostly clean. Nobody would notice the difference. But that was not the point. She turned to her husband, Shigeru, knowing he had nothing to his name, like her, and asked him to do the impossible: make her a washboard. They were chicken farmers from Petaluma, California, and he didn’t know how to make a washboard. But Shigeru scoured their concentration camp.

Heart Mountain – Wyoming’s Japanese Internment Camp

The bombing of Pearl Harbor at the onset of WWII pushed America into a state of war as well as uncomfortable political and racial tension to say the least. Fearing complications with the American descendants of their new enemy, the US government forced Japanese-Americans to leave their lives and move into camps for years, only to give them a bus ticket out of state at the war’s end.

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Interview with Charlotte Schexnayder, journalist living near Arkansas internment camps

In this interview, Charlotte Schexnayder discusses the media’s influence on how people perceived the Japanese American internment camps at Rohwer and Jerome. At the time, Schexnayder was a journalist and editor of the McGehee Times. She recounts how any information concerning World War II came directly from the government, which was then relayed by news outlets to the news-hungry public.

May 10, 2014

David Ono’s Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain (Part 1)

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Heart Mountain is a spectacular and beautiful backdrop to a story of triumph and tragedy. Seventy years ago, an internment camp filled with 10,000 Japanese Americans sat in the shadow of the mountain.

It was just a few miles outside Cody, Wyoming, where the land is rugged and the weather is brutal. It’s where American citizens were imprisoned behind barbed wire and guard towers for no other reason than because of their heritage. Eight out of 10 were from Los Angeles.

Honouliuli: Hawai’i’s Hidden Internment Camp

The internment camps at Sand Island and Honouliuli on Oahu are lesser known than the their counterparts located on the mainland US. While over one hundred thousand Japanese Americans were taken from their homes on the West Coast, between 1,200-1,500 Nisei in Hawaii were selectively arrested and interned.

The Untold Story of Japanese Americans During WWII (Narrated by George Takei)

“Honorable Journey” charts the 70-year struggle of Japanese-Americans who came of age during World War Two. Narrated by George Takei, the film features conflicts of loyalty to tradition, family and country, played out against the backdrop of world war. Eyewitnesses and descendants recount a lifelong journey from barbed wire, battlefields and jail cells to vindication and the highest honors in the land. As World War Two veteran Sen. Daniel Inouye says in the film, “That’s one thing about democracy. You must be patient.”

Mar 31, 2014
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Conductor Kent Nagano Talks California Surfing, WWII Internment, Messiaen Internship, Not Speaking Japanese and Frank Zappa

U.S. conductor Kent Nagano feels he lives in three worlds–his native California, his ancestral Japan and the Europe of the music he conducts. But his spirit is on a surfboard in the Pacific Ocean.

Nagano, 62, is not alone among prominent musicians in having a passion that seems at odds with metronomes and music scores: the late Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan loved fast cars and opera composer Giacomo Puccini kept a blunderbuss at his Italian country villa that could damage a whole flock of ducks.