From 1943, Tule Lake Segregation Center operated primarily as the site designated to warehouse inmates who were deemed a threat to the authorities charged with maintaining order in the ten War Relocation Centers. The ‘bad and disloyal’ were duly removed from the ‘bad but loyal’ and segregated at Tule Lake.
“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.”
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.
Allegiance star George Takei sat down with Larry King and recalled, adding his typical good humor, his childhood experiences detained as part of the Japanese American Internment during WWII – experiences on which events in Allegiance would later be based.
This film explores the life of Hiroshi ‘Hiro’ Hoshizaki, a retired grandfather of six, who was imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during his adolescence.
As we follow Hiroshi on his own journey to confront the events and memories of his past, we learn of his experiences while imprisoned at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center and the traumatic repercussions this experience has had on him, and his family.
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Born in San Diego, California Yamada studied landscape architecture at University of California, Berkeley where his design philosophy was shaped by modernist instructors Thomas Church, Garrett Eckbo and Lawrence Halprin among others. Graduating in 1954, he joined the office of Harriet B. Wimmer, the first woman landscape architect in commercial practice in San Diego.
George was only four years old when US soldiers forced he and his family out of their home and into camps with barbed wire and sentry towers. Here he recollects the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor when Japanese Americans became “Enemy non-aliens”.
On February 13th 2011, George Takei, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, delivered an unexpected V-Day surprise to a Japanese American Internment camp survivor….
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