Sharon Yamato
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Sharon Yamato is a writer who has received grants in 1999 from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund and the Los Angeles Cultural Arts Commission to complete a book, Moving Walls: Preserving the Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps . She also received a 2000 California Civil Liberties Public Education Program grant as interviewer/researcher conducting oral histories with members of the National Coalition for Redress and Reparation (NCRR). She has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, and is currently a columnist for the Rafu Shimpo. She has also served as a consultant for the Japanese American National Museum.

Updated April 2008

Articles by Sharon Yamato

Through the Fire: One Soldier’s Story

Sharon Yamato

With the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony held last week honoring the 100th Infantry, 442nd RCT and MIS in Washington, D.C., it seems appropriate to take a moment to pause and remember all those who are not here to share in the celebration. Besides the many that have died in ...

A Historic Time for Our Community: Celebrating The Congressional Gold Medal

Sharon Yamato

On a rainy Washington DC day in July 1946, President Harry S. Truman presented the Presidential Unit Citation to members of the segregated 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team with the words, “You fought not only the enemy, but you fought prejudice, and you have won.”  Now more than ...

Getting to Know Michi Nishiura Weglyn

Sharon Yamato

Like it was yesterday, I remember the first time I picked up and started to read Michi Nishiura Weglyn’s Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps. My now-faded, coffee-stained, first-edition William Morrow copy is dated 1976, so I must have gotten it shortly after it ...

Through the Fire - Sharing Redress Stories

Sharon Yamato

The following article was written in response to The Community Day of Remembrance, an annual public program held at the Japanese American National Museum on February 16, 2008 to mark President Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, that authorized the unconstitutional forced removal of 120 ...

Japanese American National Museum Magazine

Overcoming Tragedy at Manzanar: The Story of the Sakaguchi Family

Sharon Yamato

After living in this country for thirty-four years and raising seven children, my mother, who was a schoolteacher in Japan before coming to this country, was doing stoop labor. She carried around the ashes of my brother, father, and sister for several years. When she received the government’s token ...

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