The 1942 WRA Memo
A confidential memo penned by Mike Masaoka, to the War Relocation Authority
Masaoka and the JACL advocated an “assimilationist” policy within the ten internment camps that stressed American values and traditions while attempting to reduce or eliminate Japanese cultural influences.
Masaoka believed strongly that it was the Americanization of internees that ultimately would lead to their acceptance within U.S. society. These recommendations were summarized in this memo to the War Relocation Authority in April of 1942, a few months before most internees arrived at camp. Nearly all of his policies were implemented by the WRA within the camps.
The original document can also be found on the website for the PBS documentary Conscience and the Constitution, telling the story of the Heart Mountain resisters.