Daniel M. Mayeda

Daniel M. Mayeda is an entertainment/media industry litigator in Los Angeles. He has written and spoken extensively on media, intellectual property and Asian American community issues. Dan is a member of the Board of Directors of East West Players, the nation’s premiere Asian Pacific American theatre organization. He is one of the leaders of a national multi-ethnic coalition of civil rights and media activism groups that has successfully persuaded the four major television networks to increase diversity on screen and behind the scenes.

Updated October 2017

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Lessons From the World War II Experiences of Japanese Americans for Today’s Muslim Americans - Part 2

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My post about this discovery was seen by my Facebook friend June Aochi Berk, who is one of the leaders of a coalition to keep alive the history of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. June asked for my approval to give Kunitomo’s name to Russell Endo, a member of this coalition and a retired University of Colorado professor who was conducting research at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. A few weeks later, Professor Endo emailed me that he found some three dozen pages of documents about my grandfather in the National Archives. The Professor ...

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Lessons From the World War II Experiences of Japanese Americans for Today’s Muslim Americans - Part 1

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he was open to the idea of Muslims in the United States registering in a database, and candidate Ted Cruz called for law enforcement to conduct surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods. Although these ideas drew outrage by many, President Trump has signed executive orders that effectively banned travel into the U.S. by people from certain predominantly Muslim countries. And multiple Trump supporters have openly suggested the need to segregate Muslims into prison camps, even pointing to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as precedent for such actions to “protect ...

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