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National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in World War II. Interpreting the Japanese American Experience in WWII. “relocation centers,” “internment camps,” or “concentration camps”? Volunteers or conscripts? “draft dodgers” or “contentious objectors”?. The Movement for Redress.

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interpreting the japanese american experience in wwii
Interpreting the Japanese American Experience in WWII
  • “relocation centers,” “internment camps,” or “concentration camps”?
  • Volunteers or conscripts?
  • “draft dodgers” or “contentious objectors”?
the movement for redress
The Movement for Redress
  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
  • The National Council for Japanese American Redress (NCJAR)
  • National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (NCRR)
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“The National Japanese American Memorial stands in our nation's capitol as a Memorial to Patriotism. Our vision is to remember forever the Japanese American history of patriotism and perseverance for posterity.”

-National Japanese American Memorial Foundation

“an apology set in stone.”

-Benjamin Forgey, Washington Post

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“You fought not only the enemy but you fought prejudice--and you won. Keep up that fight and we will continue to win to make this great republic stand for what the Constitution says it stands for the welfare of all of the people all of the time.”-President Harry Truman1945 White House Ceremony for the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team

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“The lessons learned must remain as a grave reminder of what we must not allow to happen again to any group.” -Daniel K. InouyeUS CongressmanUS SenatorCaptain, 442nd Regimental Combat Team

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“I am proud that I am an American of Japanese ancestry. I believe in this nation's institutions, ideals and traditions; I glory in her heritage; I boast of her history; I trust in her future.”

Mike M. Masaoka

Staff Sergeant

442nd Regimental Combat Team

Civil Rights Advocate

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Mike Masuoka
    • The Japanese American Creed
    • a “civil rights” advocate?
  • The decision process
  • Historical inaccuracies