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Although I had heard of the internment camps, like most non-Japanese-Americans, I did not know much about this chapter in American history.
Kaz Nomura (Masatoshi Nakamura) and his wife Emi (Judy Ongg) stoically struggle to maintain a normal life after being forcibly relocated to an internment camp in the remote town of Abraham, Utah.
More than 70 sites around the country are related to the WWII internment story, ranging from Honouliuli Internment Camp in Hawaii to Ellis Island in New York.
It includes a collection of moving watercolours by Hugo Dachinger and Walter Nessler, which were produced during the artists' imprisonment at Huyton internment camp, as well as works produced in other British camps.
In 5/15/45--the last dance, Watanabe attempts to capture memories half forgotten and impressions that linger since the Los Angeles native and her family were sent to the Hart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming (the title of the piece refers to the date of a dance that was held on the eve of their release from camp).
Mineta, who was forced into an internment camp in Wyoming during his childhood, was credited with formulating and enacting the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided an apology and compensation for all survivors of the wartime internment camps.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor did more than turn the tide of World War II; it created widespread fear across the United States towards anyone with Japanese ancestry, leading over 100,000 Americans, many of whom were children, to be placed in internment camps.
After Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, all Japanese-American men were arrested and sent to Kauai, one of five internment camps in the Hawaiian islands.
When the United States entered World War II, Sanbo Sakaguchi was attending Marquette Medical School in Wisconsin, far from the nation's military zones where Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants were forced to live in internment camps.
Of the dozen-plus books written about the Japanese American experience of the internment camps, this is the only one about a teacher in the camps and one of the few written from the point of view of one of the Caucasian staff.
Essays in four sections (Parents and Children, Family Secrets, What We Took From the Camps, and From the Past to the Future) reminisce about the experiences of some 18 authors who were scarred by their years in the internment camps set up for Japanese Americans living on the west coast during WW II.