Seeing Miné Okubo’s memoir makes the betrayal, humiliation, and downright misery suffered by countless Japanese Americans hit home in a way that no history textbook ever could.
The latest season of AMC’s supernatural history drama uses the harsh realities of Japanese American internment to weave its horrific tale.
On the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans, the document went on display at Los Angeles’s Japanese American National Museum.
After photographing families and other residents being led into “assembly centers” in the central and coastal cities of California and the county seats of Salinas, Stockton, Turlock, and San Bruno, photographer Dorothea Lange turned her camera to southern California, towards the first concentration camp to open for residents of Japanese descent.
Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 7, 1941, the FBI started arresting a number of first-generation Japanese Americans on the West Coast.
Imagine this: boxes of family photos, wood carvings, landscape paintings, handmade jewelry, and other items being put up for auction.