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Silk Cocoon Shatters the Myth of the “Model Minority”

Barbara Takei

It was not until her mother died that Satsuki Ina came to understand the historic event that deeply affected her family—a part of World War II history that has been long suppressed within the Japanese American community.“My mother had it all set up for me when she left ...

Internment Stigma

Barbara Takei

A remarkable journey began as a handful of Nisei survivors gathered on the wind-swept plains of Bismarck, North Dakota, at the site of what was once Ft. Lincoln, a World War II-era Department of Justice prison.

TULE LAKE’S BLOCK 42: A Little-Known Story of Wartime Civil Disobedience

Barbara Takei

Referred to as the camp for “troublemakers” and “bad” and “disloyal” people, Tule Lake’s reputation still carries stigma for those who were incarcerated there. The stigma remains so pervasive that most Nisei who refused to answer “yes” to the so-called “loyalty questionnaire” questions 27 and 28 some 65 years ...

Review of Prisoners and Patriots

Barbara Takei

A recent film on Santa Fe, Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe, according to the film’s writer/director/producer Neil H. Simon, is the first film to tell the story of the WWII era internment camp run by the Department of Justice in ...

Deporting “Troublemakers” Redux

Barbara Takei

Time of Remembrance observances are coming up in another few weeks, a good time to do something to assure, “never again.”

Thoughts on the 2009 Tule Lake Pilgrimage

Barbara Takei

“How was the pilgrimage?”It’s a question I and other pilgrims have been asked many times since returning from the 2009 Tule Lake Pilgrimage that took place over the 4th of July weekend.

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Barbara Takei is a Sansei writer, researcher, and community historian. Since 2001 her work has focused on the Tule Lake segregation center. She is the co-author of Tule Lake Revisited: A Brief History and Guide to the Tule Lake Concentration Camp Site (2012).
Her mother was imprisoned in Tule Lake and Granada. Her father was drafted into the Army in February 1941, interned as an enemy alien following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and served with the 522nd FAB that liberated Dachau.

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  • community history
  • family stories
  • Japantowns
  • civil and human rights

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