It seems a little weird to celebrate this day since it’s a shameful day in American history but it needs to be remembered. My mother was relocated as a result of this act and was the sole surviving member of her family when restitution was made, conveniently, decades later when most of the interned were dead.
Japanese-American internment was the relocation and internment by the United States government in 1942 of approximately 110,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese who lived along the Pacific coast of the United States to camps called “War Relocation Camps,” in the wake of Imperial Japan‘s attack on Pearl Harbor. The internment of Japanese Americans was applied unequally throughout the United States. Japanese Americans who lived on the West Coast of the United States were all interned, while in Hawaii, where more than 150,000 Japanese Americans composed over one-third of the territory’s population, 1,200 to 1,800 Japanese Americans were interned. Of those interned, 62% were American citizens.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which allowed local military commanders to designate “military areas” as “exclusion zones,” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.” This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire Pacific coast, including all of California and most of Oregon and Washington, except for those in internment camps. from Wikipedia
Please support the Japanese American National Museum who keeps these memories alive. I will be donating all proceeds I make from my Amazon Associates account for the month of February to them (which isn’t much but I guess it’s the thought that counts!).
The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchida
So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting
A Place Where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
Middle Grade Chapter Books
A Jar of Dreams by Yoshiko Uchida
Journey To Topaz: A Story Of The Japanese-American Evacuation by Yoshiko Uchida
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Young Adult Literature
Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family by Yoshiko Uchida
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki
Letters from the 442nd: The World War II Correspondence of a Japanese American Medic (Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies) by Minoru Masuda
Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience by Lawson Fusao Inada
Vanished: Lompoc’s Japanese, Of One Hundred Families Only Two Returned by John McReynolds
Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement by Brian Komei Dempster
No-No Boys by John Okada
Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald
By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans by Greg Robinson
Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment by Dorothea Lange
Last Witnesses: Reflections on the Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans by Erica Harth
Japanese American Internment Camps (Cornerstones of Freedom: Second) by Gail Sakurai
What Did the Internment of Japanese Americans Mean? (Historians at Work) by Alice Yang Murray
The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp: Based on a Classroom Diary by Michael O. Tunnell
Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community by David A. Neiwert
Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment by Brian Masaru Hayashi
The Gem of the Desert: A Japanese-American Internment Camp by Margaret Bane Eberle
I am an American: A True Story of Japanese Internment by Jerry Stanley
Book Club Book
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
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