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Changing Minds

I think that NCRR did the most in terms of the younger people, and JACL had to convince their older members. 'Cause a lot of them were opposed to it. They just thought it would be welfare. "We don't want to take that money from the government." And you have to explain to them, it's not welfare, it's what you're entitled to, you know, you can sue someone for that kind of wrong that's committed against you. You do it for an automobile accident, you do it for personal injuries, it's part of the American system, and there's no reason to think that it was welfare.


Redress movement

Date: September 11, 1997

Location: California, US

Interviewer: Glen Kitayama

Contributed by: Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

Interviewee Bio

Sue Kunitomi Embrey was born in 1923 in Los Angeles, CA. She grew up in Little Tokyo prior to World War II. At the age of 19 she was incarcerated at Manzanar with other persons of Japanese ancestry. There, she became editor of the camp newspaper, The Manzanar Free Press. After the war, Embrey spent a few years in the Midwest before returning to California in 1948 where she got married and started a career as a schoolteacher.

In 1969 Embrey helped organize the very first Manzanar Pilgrimage and soon after co-founded the Manzanar Committee that spearheaded the effort to designate Manzanar as a California State Historic Landmark and eventually a National Historic Site.

Initially, Embrey was one of the few who broke the Nisei generation’s silence about the internment. Instead of forgetting the past, Embrey chose to educate, first by sharing her experience with Sansei and Yonsei, and later by advising on the planning of the interpretive center at Manzanar that opened in 2004. Sue Embrey passed away in 2006 at 83 years old. (April 15, 2008)

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William Marutani

Figuring out a dollar amount for redress

Judge, only Japanese American to serve on CWRIC.

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William Marutani
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William Marutani

On hearing of CWRIC selection from Senator Inouye

Judge, only Japanese American to serve on CWRIC.

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William Marutani
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William Marutani

Rationale for rejecting redress payment

Judge, only Japanese American to serve on CWRIC.

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Clifford Uyeda
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Clifford Uyeda

Criteria for who gets redress

(1917 - 2004) Political activist

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Clifford Uyeda
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Clifford Uyeda

Changing "reparations" to "redress"

(1917 - 2004) Political activist

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Clifford Uyeda

Appointing John Tateishi as National JACL Redress Chair

(1917 - 2004) Political activist

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Clifford Uyeda

Inouye’s strategy for educating the American public

(1917 - 2004) Political activist

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Clifford Uyeda

Recalling President Carter’s signing of the Commission bill

(1917 - 2004) Political activist

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Clifford Uyeda

John Tateishi plays a role in changing people's minds

(1917 - 2004) Political activist

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Clifford Uyeda

Legacy of redress

(1917 - 2004) Political activist

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Frank Emi
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Frank Emi

“No more shikataganai

(1916-2010) draft resister, helped form the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee

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William Hohri
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William Hohri

The lawsuit set the standard for restoring people’s rights

(1927-2010) Political Activist

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Norman Yoshio Mineta
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Norman Yoshio Mineta

Beginnings of CWRIC

(b. 1931) U.S. Former Secretary of Transportation

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Norman Yoshio Mineta
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Norman Yoshio Mineta

Bill 442

(b. 1931) U.S. Former Secretary of Transportation

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Norman Yoshio Mineta
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Norman Yoshio Mineta

The last hurdle – President Reagan

(b. 1931) U.S. Former Secretary of Transportation

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