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Japanese Internment

George Takei Reveals Why He Stayed Closeted For So Long

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

George Takei, currently starring in the Broadway musical "Allegiance," inspired by his own family’s struggles as Japanese-Americans who were in...

Why the 1920s U.S. Ban on Japanese Immigrants Matters Today

Shotaro Oshima | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Shotaro Oshima

TOKYO -- President Obama suggested that there should be an interpretation of the Constitution that reconciles Congress' need for a broad power over immigration and naturalization and the risks associated with judicial intervention in the exercise of that power with the need to prevent blatantly discriminatory laws that are a public humiliation to those they discriminate against. Without that interpretation, the United States may repeat policies that many regard as a blight on its history.

Maybe It's Time to Stop Calling It White Privilege

Walter G. Meyer | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Walter G. Meyer

I don't consider it a "privilege" to not be harassed during a traffic stop or get suspicious looks from waiters or be subject to rude questions from strangers. It's not a privilege. It's a right. But a right denied to too many in our society.

Ansel Adams Photos Capture Resilience in a Japanese-American Internment Camp

Becca MacLaren | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Becca MacLaren

Adams went into Manzanar with a goal. "He wanted to show these people as citizens -- people who were making a community out of what was a terrible injustice," said Linde Lehtinen, assistant curator at the Skirball Cultural Center. Adams' Manzanar photos were published in a book, "Born Free and Equal," in 1944. Reception to the book was mixed, to the say the least. There are accounts of so-called patriots burning the book and calling Adams "un-American" because he was sympathetic to Japanese-Americans, said Lehtinen.

My Great Uncle's Civil Rights Battle During WWII, Revisited

Mari Hayman | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Mari Hayman

The wartime incarceration looms large in my family's memory, but along with all the painful stories from that time, my great uncle's act of principled defiance remains one of the most important stories we tell ourselves about who we are and who we strive to be.

A History of Shame

Nathan Timmel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Nathan Timmel

During World War II, the American government rounded up anyone with even a whiff of Japanese heritage, over 100,000 people in all, and placed them in internment camps.

Mayor Apologizes For Citing WWII Japanese Internment Camps In Rejecting Refugees

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers (D) apologized Friday for praising the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, saying he had no idea so many...

Why Roanoke's Mayor Should Apologize And Welcome Refugees

Lindsay Schubiner | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Lindsay Schubiner

If anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hate and fear are left unchecked, the consequences may undermine our Constitution and our democracy.

Mayor Wonders If We Need WWII-Style Internment Camps After Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

A Virginia mayor opposed to aiding Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks floated the idea of World War II-style internment camps Wednesday...

Donald Trump, George Takei, and 'Operation Wetback'

Bradley B. Onishi | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Bradley B. Onishi

We have criminalized loyal and hard-working Americans, putting them behind bars in order to appease xenophobic hysteria rather than uphold the promises of freedom and hope that are meant to characterize the American ethos.

Ansel Adams, World War II, Manzanar

Edward Goldman | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

The traveling exhibition, Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams, currently on display at Skirball Cultural Center, presents a lesser-known dimension of American photographer Ansel Adams' celebrated career.

Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
Michael Sainato

These sites tell some of the stories, struggles and accomplishments of these groups that have enriched the history of the United States and endeavored a brighter future for the next generations.

I Know an American 'Internment' Camp When I See One

Satsuki Ina | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Satsuki Ina

I was born behind barbed wire 70 years ago in a maximum-security prison camp for Japanese-Americans in Northern California. My visit with mothers and children at the euphemistically named Karnes County "Residential Center" a few weeks ago triggered distressing associations of my own experience as a child. We too lived in a constant state of fear and anxiety, never knowing what our fate would be.

Remembering Our Past for a Better Future: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is easy to forget your history. It is particularly easy to forget if your history is neither a part of the mainstream American historical narrative nor included in our history books. Asian American Pacific Islanders face this challenge.

Do Wars Really Defend America's Freedom?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America's wars have defended America's freedom. But the historical record doesn't bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

In the Yellowstone Valley, a Beet Farmer With an Artist's Soul

Carrie La Seur | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Carrie La Seur

It has microbreweries, artists, a cowboy hat-fixing genius, solar-powered lofts, and huge summer street events, along with homeless people, addicts, and the occasional break-in or fatal stabbing in an alley.

Curtis M. Wong

George Takei On Coming Out: 'I'm Proud Of The Fact That I Did What I Did When I Did It'

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In terms of celebrity re-inventions, George Takei has set a new precedent. The 77-year-old “Star Trek” icon has enjoyed a full-blown career re...

Manifest Delusion: Debunking American Exceptionalism to Protect Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As a country, we have continued to lose standing throughout the world as a legitimate voice for human rights, as a responsible member of a community of nations, as an arbiter of peace, or as a party protective of the planet. We have seen our standing reduced from a beacon of freedom to a beacon of financial self-interest.

Why We Need to Keep Yuri's Legacy Alive

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 09.18.2014 | San Francisco
Christopher Punongbayan

We need to remember what Yuri Kochiyama taught us about building multi-racial alliances, about true democracy, about conviction, and about racial progress. We owe it to ourselves to never forget.

George Takei Reveals The War Story That Made Him Proud To Be A Gay, Japanese American

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Actor George Takei begins his TEDx talk in Kyoto with a slight smile, introducing himself as a veteran and former helmsman of the starship Enterprise....

These Haunting Photos Capture The Daily Reality Of A Dark Episode In U.S. History

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts

In 1942, still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government ordered thousands of Japanese Americans to leave their homes behind and ta...

Perseverance: An Evolution of Japanese Tattoos (NSFW)

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

As tattoos become more mainstream and acceptable in modern society, so does the importance to understand the rich tradition, training, craftsmanship, discipline, scholarship, and trajectory of the art form.

Speaking in Tongues: Defer K2S

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 04.30.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

The ecology of one's environment plays a pivotal influence on creativity and style, thus in Defer's case, his mastery of bold typeface is nativist to Los Angeles street culture.

Scalia: 'You Are Kidding Yourself If You Think' Internment Ruling Couldn't Happen Again

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii on Monday that the nation's highest court wa...

Honoring the Legacy of Fred Korematsu

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Today, we honor the legacy of Fred Korematsu so we will never forget the injustices inflicted upon innocent citizens who were incarcerated, treated like second-class citizens, and denied due process and equal protection guaranteed to them by the Constitution.