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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.'
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.
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
September 11, 2005
REGARDING "A French Village's Unexpected Heroes" [Her World, Sept. 4], Susan Spano wanders off track as a travel writer to a political critic when she refers to President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 as "infamous." The attack on Pearl Harbor was infamous. It is so easy to be an armchair historian by hindsight. Roosevelt passed this law mandating internment camps after being counseled by many members of Congress and his Cabinet. There was a definite clear and present danger due to mass hysteria of American citizens on our entire West Coast.
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