Seventy-five years ago, George Nakata was met by the stench of animal manure and urine when he entered what would be his Portland home for four months. Black flies hovered and pigeons darted overhead.
SAN FRANCISCO — “Not to Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment” is the theme of the 2017 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an essay and video contest open to high school students in the western U.S. and Pacific Islands.
When President Trump asserts the supremacy of his executive orders, unhampered by the power of “so-called judges” to review his actions, he disregards a foundational truth of U.S. constitutional law: the independence of the judiciary.
Richard Murakami was born in 1932 on a grape farm in Florin, Calif., outside of Sacramento. The farm was his grandfather’s, an immigrant from Japan. Richard was born on the farm, his mother, Yomiko, told him, because Sacramento hospitals refused to admit Japanese patients.
It has been three-quarters of a century since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order, issued just over two months after Japan's surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, gave the U.S. military the ability to designate areas "from which any or all persons may be excluded."
The documents would expose everything: the racism inherent in the president’s executive order, the cynical politics behind it, the lies told in court to defend it.
There is a saying, often attributed to Mark Twain, that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.
For many Japanese-Americans, it’s rhyming now, as President Donald Trump continues to push for a halt on refugees and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries tied to terrorism.
An exhibition about the World War Two internment of Japanese Americans in the United States has begun in Washington.
Seventy-five years ago today the president of the United States signed what would become the most infamous executive order in history.
Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Issued in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt’s exclusionary edict laid the groundwork for the round-up and internment of all Japanese Americans living on the West Coast to be relocated to interior states as a “military necessity.”