ディーン・リュウタ・アダチ

(Dean Ryuta Adachi)

Dean Ryuta Adachi is a half-yonsei, half-shin-nisei from Northern California. He is currently a PhD candidate in American History at Claremont Graduate University and a lecturer of Asian American Studies at Harvey Mudd College. His hobbies include snowboarding, judo, reading, watching sports, and volunteering in the Japanese American community.

Updated October 2011

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Redefining “CAMP” In Japanese America - Part 3

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The Lasting Effects of the Camps

The camps are important not just because they are a week of enjoyment, but the impact from the week carries over for the rest of the campers lives. The newly formed friendships serve as the core to the legacy of the camp community.

Since the camps are aligned with the Japanese American churches—which are the historic centers of the Japanese American community—the camps directly affect the next generation of Japanese Americans. It is important to stress that even after the week of a youth camp is over, the newly ...

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Redefining “CAMP” In Japanese America - Part 2

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United Methodist Asian American Summer Camp

In 1974, Reverend Peter Chen of San Jose Japantown’s Wesley United Methodist Church and Reverend Harry Murakami of Livingston United Methodist Church created United Methodist Asian American Summer Camp (commonly referred to as Asian Camp) since the other summer camps of that era “did not meet their needs or speak to their unique experiences as ethnic minorities.”

Chen also believed that “Asian-American youths could become a dynamic, powerful force within church once they became united as a group.” Reverends Chen and Murakami collaborated with other Asian American United Methodist churches ...

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Redefining “CAMP” In Japanese America - Part 1

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which led to the relocation of all 120,000 Japanese Americans living in the Western United States into internment camps. Today, historians consider this blemish in American civil rights to be the defining moment of the Japanese American community.

Despite an overwhelming national distrust in their loyalty, Japanese Americans used the internment camps as a rallying point for unity and justice. This incarceration of Japanese Americans has led to the popular joke that “You know you’re Japanese when you know that ‘camp’ doesn’t refer to a ...

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