エリック・K・ヤマモト

(Eric K. Yamamoto)

Eric K. Yamamoto is an award-winning, internationally recognized Professor of law at William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i. He is known for his legal work and scholarship on social justice, with an emphasis on redress for historic injustice; Professor Yamamoto also specializes in civil procedure and complex litigation. In 1984 he served as coram nobis Co-counsel to Fred Korematsu in the successful reopening of the infamous World War II Japanese American internment case. In April 2012 Yamamoto was appointed to a prestigious new professorship, The Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice, in recognition of his teaching, mentoring, scholarship, and justice work.

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Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

The Living Legacy of Japanese American Redress - Part 2 of 2

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The Queries. These queries are haunting. Hearing echoes of internment redress, listen closely: “Why them [Japanese Americans] and not me?”—the African American, highlighting the unredressed legacy of slavery and continuing discrimination. “Why the Japanese Americans before the Native Hawaiians?”—the Hawaiian sovereignty advocate, highlighting redress not as a civil right but as a human rights response to American colonialism. And why not Japanese Latin Americans or Filipino War Vets, still waiting after all these years. “Is it too late for me”—the Korean and East Timor women? The questions resonate for us: “Why us, not others ...

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Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

The Living Legacy of Japanese American Redress - Part 1 of 2

This was the keynote speech from the Luncheon Banquet at the Japanese American National Museum’s National Conference “Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity” in Seattle, WA on July 6, 2013. (Spoken presentation. Not to be cited as authority.)

Aloha to all, especially the veterans (my dad was one of you). JANM has organized a wonderful expansive “speaking up” convening. Touching everyone here, and crossing traditional borders to embrace artists, teens, Canadians, Aleuts and even Mindcraft and more. It’s special to be here with you on this 25th anniversary of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act—the Congressional acknowledgment of ...

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