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November 23, 2006 | Cynthia Dea, Times Staff Writer
ARCHIE Miyatake vividly remembers the scene: Ansel Adams was playing on his sister's toy piano after a family photo session in 1943 at the Manzanar War Relocation Center. "My father named the piece right away and was really surprised that he could play so well," says Miyatake, who was a teenager at the time. "That's when Ansel Adams told him, 'You know, I was originally studying to become a concert pianist.'
October 8, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
While Lane Ryo Hirabayashi was growing up, he heard family stories of how his uncle Gordon defied the World War II internment of Japanese Americans in a case that decades later helped prompt a historic congressional apology. At a UCLA celebration Saturday, Hirabayashi took his own place in Japanese American cultural history as the first professor in the nation to hold an academic chair dedicated to the study of the internment.
September 17, 2006 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
On the night of Feb. 21, 1942, the FBI surrounded the Torrance home of Nikuma Tanouye. "They didn't even bother to knock, just kicked the door down," Tanouye's granddaughter, Diane Tanouye, said in an interview. He was arrested and imprisoned along with four other Japanese nationals. From days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor until the end of 1943, the U.S.
July 23, 2006 | Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer
It's nearly impossible to envision now, scanning the dusty, vacant lots that butt up against California Highway 139. But beginning in the spring of 1942, this was one of the state's largest settlements north of Sacramento. A community of nearly 20,000 people, it had more than 1,600 buildings spread across 7,400 acres, with vast vegetable fields, a pig farm, a newspaper and a school.
June 22, 2006 | Bettijane Levine
These sculptures, carvings and paintings are extraordinary celebrations of humanity and nature. Without knowing where they were done, and under what circumstances, they command attention and exaltation.
March 6, 2006 | Scott Martelle, Times staff writer
To teach children, you first need to teach the teachers -- it's this axiom that got Esther Taira thinking a few years back about creating a multimedia program to help educators understand the World War II-era internments of 120,000 mostly West Coast Japanese Americans. Such projects don't come cheap. And the Los Angeles Unified School District, where Taira taught high school history, didn't have the money.
February 19, 2006 | From Associated Press
A site that at one point housed more than 18,000 Japanese American internees during World War II has been named a national historic landmark in recognition of the camp's survivors. Tule Lake Segregation Center, off California 39 near the California-Oregon border, was designated a relocation center for Japanese Americans in 1942.
February 16, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
With the camera he had smuggled in, Dave Tatsuno filmed secret movies of the World War II internment camp where he was forced to spend three of his 92 years. He wasn't trying to spy with his Bell and Howell, he said decades later, but document everyday life in the early 1940s at the desolate Topaz Relocation Center in the Utah desert. "To me, it was just a home movie," Tatsuno told The Times in 1997. "But other people, they say, 'Wow, this was taken 50 years ago behind barbed wire.'
September 25, 2005
ONE of the wonderful things about traveling is that it tends to open up one's mind to change and new ideas. Too bad Charles Jones ["A WWII View of Internment Camps," Letters, Sept. 11] seems to be so stuck in a WWII time warp that he can't acknowledge the grievous harm done to Japanese Americans by the internment or acknowledge the heroism of the servicemen who proved that Americans of Japanese ancestry were just as loyal as any other Americans. DANIEL M. MAYEDA Culver City
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