On February 19, 1942, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese war planes the previous December, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order calling for the displacement of 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps. - From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
1. Invite friends over to watch a film regarding the Japanese-American experience during WWII (see below).
2. Connect with the closest Japanese Cultural Center to see what others are doing to observe the day.
3. View the resources below:
• Come See the Paradise (1990) Follows an interracial family separated by the wartime incarceration program.
• Conscience and the Constitution (2000), a documentary about Japanese Americans in the prison camps who refused to be drafted before their freedoms were restored - “free us before you draft us.”
• Farewell to Manzanar (1976) Made for TV adaptation of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's memoirs of her time in the Manzanar concentration camp
• Forgotten Valor (2001) Written and directed by Lane Nishikawa, a Nisei veteran remembers his experiences during World War II.
• Go for Broke! (1951) Based on the real-life story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated army unit of Japanese American men, many of whom served while their families were incarcerated on the home front
• Legacy of Heart Mountain (2014) Emmy Award winning documentary about life in one of the Japanese American internment camps, in Wyoming, including Rabbit in the Moon (2004) A documentary/memoirs about the life and deprivations suffered by in the Japanese American prison camps
• Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) Adaptation of the novel by David Guterson Under the Blood Red Sun (2014) A young Japanese American boy faces monumental adversity in Hawaii in 1941 Hawaii, when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.