world war ii: asian american internment


     Roger Shimomura is an Asian American artist who depicts the challenges of being “different.” He has gained a massive following and even had his work shown at the Smithsonian Museum of Art.

     His Art is very political. His interest in social issues most likely stems from the fact that during World War II, he and his family were sent to a Japanese internment camp in Idaho.

     The first painting of the two women depicts the segregation of Japanese Americans during World War II. The Asian woman is behind barbed wire, making it clear that she is not free. In the second painting he infuses post-Pearl-Harbor-attack propaganda into a nice family photo. The propaganda after Pearl Harbor depicted all Japanese people with yellow skin, big teeth, squinted eyes, and so on. By placing this character next to the rest of the family, we can see the comparison between reality and harsh stereotypes. The third painting was his largest painting and it is a knock off of the historical painting called “Washington Crossing the Delaware. In Shimomura’s painting he presents himself as America’s Founding Father, replaces George Washington’s colonial troops with samurai warriors, and he remakes the body of water they cross to resemble San Francisco Harbor with Angel Island (the processing center for Asian immigrants) in the background. The fourth painting depicts Shimomura literally fighting Asian stereotypes.

     I think that he approaches these social problems with humor while also making sure there is a more serious underlying message in his paintings. I believe this method is successful because the paintings the painting are entertaining and educational.

By: Sophia Fotos, blog #7
On February 19th, 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, a bill which allowed the military to forcibly move people of Japanese ancestry...

Last summer I shot an interview with my grandmother discussing her thoughts and experiences about her imprisonment by the United States government in World War II.

Seeing how today is the Day of Remembrance for Japanese Internment, it seems fitting time to upload and post my video.

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Muslim-American children read letters from Japanese-American children who were forced to grow up in internment camps. 

Sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and created by filmmaker Frank Chi, this short film features letters that young Japanese Americans in World War II incarceration camps sent to Clara Breed, a librarian in San Diego.

Warning: Will make you cry. 

Today is Japanese American Internment Remembrance Day. 

On this day in 1942, FDR issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of all people of Japanese descent living in the “exclusion zone,” which constituted most of the United States’ Pacific Coast. Approximately 110,000 people of Japanese descent living on the American mainland were interned in “Wartime Relocation Camps”. 

Though the decision was at the time justified as a wartime measure against sabotage, no evidence exists to imply that sabotage originating with Japanese immigrants or their families ever occurred. Internment and exclusion were entirely the result of anti-Japanese racial bias. Racist sentiment against East Asians was common, and, at times, resulted in bans or quotas to prevent bar immigrants from China and Japan from receiving visas or entering the country. 

Lea Salonga Back on Broadway

Lea Salonga’s name is back on a New York theater marquee and the actress/singer couldn’t be happier. The Philippines native said, “This season on Broadway is so diverse.” She added, “We’ve got ‘On Your Feet!’, 'The King and I.’ And then there’s us.” “Us” is the predominantly Asian cast of “Allegiance,” the story of the Kimuras, a Japanese-American family forced to live in a U.S. internment camp in the wake of World War II-era prejudice. “The Allegiance” is the first Broadway musical led by Asian actors in 13 years since “Flower Drum Song.”

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American pop’s misappropriation of Asian culture is nothing new

The stereotypes of Asian culture, as if that’s one monolithic thing in the first place, have made for powerful music gimmicks for a long time now. They can be seen at their most harmful in post-World Ward II America, when Asians — and specifically the recently-interned Japanese — needed true and positive representation most. After a devastating world war, when the dominant musical representations of Asian culture are the word sayonara and the cliched riffs of Sam Cooke’s “Japanese Farewell Song,” the nation could have been a bit more considerate. 

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anonymous asked:

first girl born at tule lake

Thanks for your question!  A quick search of our online catalog doesn’t turn up the first girl born at the Tule Lake Relocation Center, but we do have photos of the first baby reportedly born at Tule Lake:

Tule Lake Relocation Center, Newell, California. Proud Mrs. Kumiko Noda, 23, evacuee from Florin, California, holds her new son, Newell Kazuo Noda. Baby Newell arrived at 6:12 A.M., Sunday, June 12, and was the first child born at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuee of Japanese descent." 07/01/1942
National Archives Identifier: 538210
Series: Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, 1942 - 1945

More photos and records from the Tule Lake Relocation Center: