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The Japanese Internment Legacy, 70 Years Later
The Japanese Internment Legacy, 70 Years Later

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AIR DATE: February 17, 2012

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.  It authorized moving Japanese and Japanese Americans into internment camps.  People were rounded up and led away from their homes, farms, businesses, and friends.  That was 70 years ago.  We look back at the signing of that order, what it meant for the Japanese families and how they're preserving that history today.  We talk with internment camp survivors, and a Japanese man who served for the 442nd regiment during WWII - a well-decorated regiment made up of all Japanese American soldiers, who served even while their friends and relatives were being interned.
 
GUESTS
Rosie Kakuuchi, Manzanar internee
Taeko Joanne Iritani, Poston internee & author, "10 Visits"
Col. Arthur Nishimoto, 442nd Regiment
Alisa Lynch, Chief of Interpretation, Manzanar National Historic Site
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    COMMENTS:
    Thanks for keeping this issue alive. I'm impressed with those who stood by the Japanese Americans in this time of abuse by the US government. At the Japanese American National Museum I recently saw an exhibition of the internment. Stunning. A small scale model of Manzanar showed just how huge the camp was in WWII. I appreciate those who stood by the internees-teachers, Quakers and at least one Mexican American youth who went to the camp with his Japanese American friends to be with them! A teacher in San Diego County who sent many books and personal letters to the internees. So sad the whole story. There is a small memorial on Terminal Island near the federal prison where there are pictures of the fishing village which once stood at the site before the thousands were taken away and forced into internment maps. The village never recovered. So many lost their homes on TI. It is fitting to locate the memeorial at the site. Keep the memories alive. We won't forget.
    davehallMar 2, 2012 14:34:19 PM
    i am so proud of my grandmother for having the courage to talk about her experiences. Growing up, she made sure to let our generation know about our family's history. I am grateful for my freedom, and often wonder what it would be like had I been alive during that time. I love my grandmother, and truly admire her for all she has survived. I hope this will serve as an example of what discrimination can do. I hope we will all learn from Rosie. Love you Ba Ba!!!
    Michelle Odou (grandaughter of Rosie KakuuchiMar 1, 2012 23:43:09 PM
    I know it has been 70 years but I personally apoligize for what this country did to Japanese people during the internment . I took three of my grandchildren to visit the internment an internment campsite in California . I wanted to make an impression on them but ended up in tears several times myself... Its amazing that the Japanese people could forgive what was done to them
    Maria Elena HuffFeb 17, 2012 06:09:06 AM
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