120,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. Learn about this unprecedented denial of civil liberties and why it still matters today.
Learn about Japanese American history and the legacy of WWII incarceration by exploring personal stories from those who lived through it.
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Join us in putting the lessons of Japanese American WWII incarceration into action today.
Campu weaves together the voices of survivors to spin narratives out of the seemingly mundane things that gave shape to the incarceration experience: rocks, fences, food, paper. Follow along as hosts Hana and Noah Maruyama move far beyond the standard Japanese American incarceration 101 and into more intimate and lesser-known corners of this history.
The Salinas Assembly Center was located at the Salinas Race Track and Fair Grounds. Its inmate population consisted of Japanese Americans from the nearby agricultural communities of Watsonville, Salinas, and Gilroy.
At the end of WWII, the Ryukyu Islands were governed by the U.S. military under a separate jurisdiction from the rest of Japan. As a result, desperately needed relief goods and donations could not be distributed to Okinawa.
Hugh Ellwood Macbeth, Sr. (1884-1956), a black attorney active in Los Angeles and the leader of California's Race Relations Commission, was an outstanding wartime defender of Japanese Americans.