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Japanese American Says Trump Muslim Ban Replays Internment Nightmare

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 02.13.2017 | Home
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

How close can we get to being American? How close can we get to being Japanese?

Trump’s Disastrous Week Of Presidency: The Chinese Exclusion Act And The Muslim Ban

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 01.31.2017 | Home
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

After a single week of Trump’s presidency, the world has seemingly turned into chaos. It is not like democrats and progressives did not expect this ...

Katy Perry PSA For American Muslims Asks ‘Is History Repeating Itself?’

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home

Confronted with an increase in hate crimes and Islamophobic rhetoric, American Muslims have been organizing, educating and speaking out. Now, an unexp...

Does WWII Internment Of Japanese-Americans Provide A Model For An American Fascism Under Trump?

Robert Scheer | Posted 12.12.2016 | Home
Robert Scheer In this week's episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer sits down with fellow USC Annenberg School for Communication professor...

Memo to the President-Elect: It's Not OK

Tom Nagorski | Posted 11.22.2016 | Home
Tom Nagorski

The other day I received a call from a reporter with what seemed an odd request. He wanted my thoughts on the internment of Japanese-Americans during ...

Japanese-Americans Share Their Tragic Experiences In Prison Camps

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.21.2016 | Home

In light of a Donald Trump supporter’s recent suggestion that imprisoning Japanese-Americans during World War II set a “precedent” for creating ...

George Takei Speaks Out On The Subject Of Japanese Internment As He Brings Allegiance To The Big Screen

Erika Finn | Posted 11.21.2016 | Home
Erika Finn

George Takei is both an actor and an activist. His touching Broadway show Allegiance (which ended its run on February 14, 2016) combined the two, allo...

This Is What It Means To Imprison A Whole Category Of People

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 11.21.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON ― When Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) was a child, his grandfather took him to a hotel near a highway in Bellevue, Washington. The el...

Asian-Americans Share Terrifying Stories Of Racism After Election

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.22.2016 | Home

A Trump supporter made remarks in an interview that cast Japanese internment camps as exemplary ― proving there’s no shortage of racism toward Asi...

The Real Precedents Set By Japanese American Internment

Ben Railton | Posted 11.17.2016 | Home
Ben Railton

It can be difficult to say the least, in the flurry of post-election news, to keep track of all the horrific actions being taken and things being said...

Yes, He's The Great Pretender -- Pretending America Was Great

Pamela Newton | Posted 11.16.2016 | Home
Pamela Newton

When exactly was America great, Mr. Trump?

Are Half of Donald Trump's Supporters 'Deplorable?'

John A. Tures | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
John A. Tures

Hillary Clinton made the case that "half" of Donald Trump supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables," wrote Chris Weigant in an article posted in the Huffington Post. But is that the case?

1942 Redux: Are Muslim-Americans the New Japanese-Americans?

Dr. Milton Mankoff | Posted 06.23.2016 | Home
Dr. Milton Mankoff

On December 22, 1941, two weeks after Pearl Harbor, LIFE Magazine, one of the most respectable, indeed iconic, publications in American history, offered its readers an article entitled "How to Tell Japs From the Chinese." In it the editors expressed their concern.

Newt Has A Monstrously Bad Idea

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2016 | Home
Chris Weigant

Newt Gingrich's supposed smartness is rather indiscriminate, when examined closely. Newt has what he considers 10 or 12 brilliant ideas each day, which he is in the habit of just tossing out for discussion.

George Takei Compares Vilification of Muslims to That of the Japanese

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 05.06.2016 | Los Angeles
Jeremy Bamidele

"We share that experience and speak together with you," stated George Takei at the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Media Awards 2016.

Portland Paper Whitewashes Role in WWII Internments as State Honors Rights Champion, Former Internee Minoru Yasui

Lawrence J. Maushard | Posted 03.29.2016 | Home
Lawrence J. Maushard

The Oregonian photo page from May 10, 1942 somehow, someway found smiling young internees effortlessly going about their daily lives behind barb wire ...

George Takei Reveals Why He Stayed Closeted For So Long

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home

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

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

Shotaro Oshima | Posted 12.22.2016 | Home
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 12.09.2016 | Home
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 12.03.2016 | Home
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 11.30.2016 | Home
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 11.24.2016 | Home
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 | Home

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 11.19.2016 | Home
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 | Home

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,...