Japanese American Internment
The hidden stories of Japanese American artists who kept the Japanese cultural arts alive while imprisoned in WWII camps in the U.S.
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.
George Takei talks about his childhood years spent in an Arkansas Internment Camp and his new documentary, To Be Takei, on The Daily Show with John Stewart.
From Public Radio International, an audio slideshow looking at Japanese and Japanese-American internment during World War II, and how baseball became a lifeline for those in the camps.
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.
Officials form the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii are working with the National Park service to preserve a piece of WWII history.
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.
In 1942, thousands of Japanese Americans living in the United States are forced into war relocation camps.
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.
George Takei recalls his childhood spent in two internment camps to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell.
Actor George Takei of Star Trek fame on becoming an actor, and lessons from his father on the Japanese internment and American democracy.
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.
George Takei recalls the day his family was taken to live in Japanese American internment camps and life as an “Enemy Non-Alien.”
George Takei recalls his imprisonment as part of the relocation of Japanese Americans during WWII.
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.