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“Infamy’s legacy: Tule Lake and repatriation remembered”

Jonathan van Harmelen

One of most divisive chapters of the Japanese American incarceration is the story of Tule Lake. While established as a traditional War Relocation Authority (WRA) camp, it was declared a “segregation center” by the WRA to meet Congressional demands issue loyalty oaths and begin military recruitment within camp. Of the …

Hung Wai Ching: The Founding of the Varsity Victory Volunteers and relations between Chinese and Japanese Americans

Jonathan van Harmelen


Dentistry in Camp

Jonathan van Harmelen

The late Hiroshi Kashiwagi’s short play Laughter and False Teeth remains a staple of Asian American Theatre. In an interview with Emiko Omori in her landmark film Rabbit in the Moon, Kashiwagi explained the real-life background of the piece in the experience of his mother at the time of mass …

Eugene Rostow’s Japanese American articles: A Reconsideration - Part 2

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

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Eugene Rostow’s Japanese American articles: A Reconsideration - Part 1

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

In the annals of civil rights, a special place should be reserved for Eugene Rostow. In 1945, even as Japanese Americans remained confined in camps by official order, Rostow, then a young law professor at Yale University, published a pair of articles that criticized their wartime treatment. In his first …

Findings from a small town archive

Jonathan van Harmelen

If you go to the heart of downtown Arroyo Grande, you will find tucked away in a small house the South County Historical Society. Stored in the house are thousands of documents and other artifacts chronicling the town’s century-and-a-half existence and the lives of its inhabitants. For instance, among the …

Giotta Fuyo Tajiri — An Artist's Voyage

Jonathan van Harmelen


An Activist’s dilemma: the life of Katsuma Mukaeda

Jonathan van Harmelen

For many of the issei interned by the Justice Department during World War II, their years in confinement posed serious questions of loyalty and identity. Many had once strongly identified with the old country, and had worked to forge what Eiichiro Azuma has identified as a “shin-nippon,” or new Japan, …

Dutch Newspapers and Nikkei Stories - Lessons from Japanese-American Incarceration and Redress from Afar

Jonathan van Harmelen

On the morning of Friday, October 30, 1992, readers in the Netherlands opened copies of the NRC Handelsblad, one of the largest papers circulated in the country. The front page commemorated twelve and a half years of Queen Beatrix’s reign, and page 3 shows a grinning George HW Bush in …

Brother Theophane Walsh

Greg RobinsonJonathan van Harmelen

In November 2018, the New York Times wrote an article highlighting the work of Father Ruskin Piedra, the priest of the church Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New York City.1 At 84, he busies himself with supporting litigation on behalf of immigrants - some from his own parish - …

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