This month, the Japanese American community reflects upon its past through Day of Remembrance programs, commemorating the February 19, 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which authorized the forced removal and unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast during World War II.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of that now infamoous document.
On February 17, 2012, KNPR (National Public Radio in Nevada) broadcast The Japanese Internment Legacy, 70 Years Later, featuring three former incarcerees, Manzanar incarceree Rosie Kakuuchi, Poston incarceree Taeko Joanne Iritani, and Arthur Nishimoto, who fought in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Also appearing was Alisa Lynch, Chief of Interpretation at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
If you want to hear the personal stories of former incarcerees, this radio show is highly recommended. You can listen by clicking on the arrow below:
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