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May 3, 2007 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
"A combined throng of 600 dance lovers jammed the coronation ballrooms ... to pay tribute to queens Kideko Maeyama and Chiya Sokino in the Farm Management-sponsored 'social of the year.' " -- Gila (Ariz.) News-Courier, Nov. 28, 1942 "On tiny suede match covers bearing the inscription, 'It's a match -- Ruby and George,' the engagement of Miss Ruby Kanaya to Pfc. George K. Suzuki of Ft. Sam Houston, Tex., was made known before a group of 16 girls at the betrothed's home."
December 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush signed into law a $38-million grant program to preserve notorious internment camps where Japanese Americans were kept behind barbed wire during World War II. The money will be administered by the National Park Service to restore and pay for research at 10 camps. The law is intended to help preserve the camps as reminders of how the United States turned on 120,000 of its citizens in a time of fear.
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.
July 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Tomi Okano was 6 years old in 1942 when she and her family were forced by the federal government to leave their Oregon home to live in a World War II detention camp for Japanese Americans. More than 60 years later, she has one vivid memory of this place in the southern Idaho desert. "I remember the fence," Okano said Saturday as she walked past the remnants of an entry checkpoint to the former 33,000-acre Minidoka Relocation Center compound.
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.
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