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Day of Remembrance: Executive Order 9066: Community Connections

In February 1942, President Roosevelt signed E.O. 9066, mandating 120,000 Japanese-Americans to be imprisoned in camps during WWII. Decades later, in 1988, the order was deemed unconstitutional and belatedly, but dramatically, reversed.

History and Research Resources

A More Perfect Union is an interactive site from the Smithsonian Institute exploring the memories of Japanese Americans held in internment camps.

The Japanese American Exhibit & Access Project was created in 1997 to provide access to UW Libraries projects related to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Friends of Minidoka "engages in and supports education, research and historic preservation of the WWII incarceration experience."

Organizations

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community
​Learn about the history of the Japanese American community on Bainbridge Island as well as current activities that maintain community connections, celebrate diversity, and promote civil liberties education.

Japanese American Citizens League's mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry.

"The role of the Tule Lake Committee (TLC) is to: (i) to educate the general public of the government's forced and unconstitutional imprisonment of over 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry into ten concentration camps; (ii) to recognize the unique role of the Tule Lake camp, which was converted into a segregation center to incarcerate those from all of the camps who resisted their imprisonment and were deemed disloyal; and (iii) to preserve the history and experiences of the inmates of the Tule Lake Segregation Center and their struggles to cope with an unjust imprisonment and harsh conditions of the Segregation Center and their rejection by their own government."

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington

Museums

    

The International District's Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience collects and preserves artifacts, photographs, archives and oral histories pertaining to the history, culture and art of the Asian Pacific American community.

The Japanese American National Museum (in Los Angeles) is dedicated to promoting greater understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the richness and range of the Japanese American experience.

Activism

"Tsuru for Solidarity is a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies."