May 27, 2011
In one sense, the U.S. solicitor general's recent admission of his office's wrongdoing wasn't really news. After all, commissions courts and investigators long ago established that various government agencies and officials fudged or withheld facts during World War II in order to sweep all people of Japanese descent — American-born citizens as well as immigrants — out of California and parts of three other Western states. Congress, the president, state and local officials and the military rode a wave of war hysteria to support the politically popular but blatantly un-American evacuation and confinement of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans.
September 20, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Like "The Scottsboro Boys" and "Parade" before it, "Allegiance - A New American Musical," about the internment of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor, attempts to confront a shameful episode in American history and rewrite it as musical theater. Now in its world premiere at the Old Globe, "Allegiance" takes a different route from those dark, sardonic and largely successful shows about bigotry and racial hysteria. "Allegiance" presents a surprisingly mild story of family fractures, not an indictment of American failures.
September 18, 2005
SUSAN SPANO wrote a beautiful piece ["A French Village's Unexpected Heroes," Her World, Sept. 4]. The fact that Bruyeres' liberators were Japanese Americans, many of whose families were being held captive at the time in American internment camps, made the event especially poignant. Yet rather than celebrating the heroism of these courageous Americans of Japanese ancestry, Charles Jones ["A WWII View of Internment Camps," Letters, Sept. 11] criticizes Spano's use of the word "infamous" to refer to President Franklin Roosevelt's order to round up and intern 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during the war. To the interned Americans of Japanese ancestry, Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 was indeed truly infamous.
January 23, 1995
I was very pleased to read Fred Okrand's history of the American Civil Liberties Union's opposition to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II ("ACLU Posed Challenge to War Internments," Jan. 9), in response to the earlier inaccurate account by Carl B. Pearlston Jr. ("Not a Shining Chapter in ACLU History," Dec. 26). However, no history of this period would be complete without citing the important role of Ernest Besig, then-executive director of the ACLU of Northern California, in bringing the Korematsu case to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1943.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2010 |
Lawson Sakai modestly recounts his life's accomplishments: He was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars during World War II. He helped run a vegetable farm and worked in the food-processing business. Then he launched a successful travel agency. But the one thing that eluded Sakai for almost 70 years was a college diploma. "I have four children and seven grandchildren, and I am the only one without a degree," said Sakai, 87, a resident of Morgan Hill, southeast of San Jose.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2012 |
Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to rescind a 70-year-old resolution calling for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said the supervisors voted on the issue Tuesday; the vote was Wednesday. In January 1942, the then-county supervisors unanimously urged President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proceed with the internment of Japanese Americans. "Because Japanese aliens are a potential source of danger to our security, it would be advisable for the Federal government to transfer them from Pacific Coast areas," their resolution read.