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Japanese Americans

50th year Commemoration of Japanese American Internment

The chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, Chang-Lin Tien, and Jesse Jackson expound upon the Japanese-American internment experience and the need to eradicate such prejudices from our society which spawned the enactment of "Executive order 9066". This forum reviews the internment experience, draws upon the lessons learned by the nation and seeks to promote better racial harmony in the present day. This event took place on February 18, 1992, at Pauley Ballroom, University of California, Berkeley. 103 min. ; vhs

9066 to 9/11

Looks at the World War II-era treatment of Japanese Americans as seen through the contemporary lens of the post-9/11 world. As the U.S. government fights a "war on terrorism" its tactics and policies have caused concern for some Americans of Japanese descent, who were interned in concentration camps during WWII. No new concentration camps have materialized, but mass deportations and detentions, particularly of Arab and Muslim immigrants in America, have forced a comparison of the two experiences, revealing striking similarities.

A Personal Matter: Gordon Hirabayashi vs. the United States

Documents the 43 year struggle to overturn the conviction of Gordon Hirabayashi which resulted when he defied internment in a Japanese-American concentration camp during World War II on the grounds that the order violated his Constitutional freedoms. Producer/editor, John de Graaf. 1992. 30 min.

After Silence: Civil Rights and the Japanese American Experience

Frank Kitamoto of Bainbridge Island, Washington was among the first of 110,000 west coast Japanese Americans forced to leave their homes during World War II. As Frank relates his three years of internment, students from Bainbridge High School develop archival photographs of his internment experiences. Together, Frank and the students discuss the need to safeguard civil rights. Directors, Lois Shelton, Susan Buster Thomas. 2002. 30 min.
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American Justice Denied: The Reopening of "Korematsu vs U.S."

Conference sponsored by the Earl Warren Legal Institute, Asian American Studies Dept., Asian American Law Students Association and the Pacific Islander Law Students Association, UCB.

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Chronicles the life of Richard Aoki, a third-generation Japanese American who became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party. Filmed over the last five years of Richard's life, this documentary features extensive footage with Richard and exclusive interviews with his comrades, friends, and former students. A film by Ben Wang & Mike Cheng. 94 min. 2009.

Beyond Barbed Wire.

Recounts the personal sacrifices and untold stories of heroism displayed by the Japanese American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service who fought for America while their families were held in American internment camps. Directed by Steve Rosen. c1997. 88 min.

Bitter Memories: Tule Lake.

A documentary about the Tule Lake Japanese Relocation Camp.

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Calling Tokyo: Japanese American Radio Broadcasters During World War II

Documentary about a group of Japanese Americans who were recruited by the British Political Warfare Mission and the U.S. Office of War Information to serve as hosts of Japanese-language radio propaganda broadcasts from Denver during WWII. c2002. 48 min.

Camp Amache: The Story of an American Tragedy

The story of the internment of 7,000 Japanese-Americans at Camp Amache in southeastern Colorado during World War II. Includes interviews with some of those encamped and their family members. Produced and directed by Don Dexter. c2006. 57 min.