Hawaiʻi Congressional Media

Update: Japanese American Internment

At the beginning of WWII 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced into concentration camps around the U.S. for four years without due process. The internment meant the interruption of the social, economic, and political growth and development of the Japanese community. Land and businesses were lost and shame and mental duress was caused from the internment. Produced by KQED, this edition of Update focuses on the history of internment, government hearings investigating the internment and reparations for the survivors and their children. Includes testimony given by David Nakagawa, Thomas Nishida, Mary Sugitachi, Kimiyo Okamoto, Joanne Hue, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and Ernest K. Wakayama. Includes a discussion with Dr. Clifford Uyeda from the Japanese American Citizens League and attorney Wayne Collins. Senator Spark Matsunaga sat on the government hearings. Episode aired on October 1, 1981.

Languages: English


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