Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

日系アメリカ人の地位回復を果たした「市民自由法」制定25周年を記念して、全米日系人博物館は、2013年7月4日から7日にかけてワシントン州シアトルで、第4回全米会議『Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity』を行いました。この会議では、民主主義、正義、尊厳をテーマに、新しい見識、学術的論考、コミュニティの観点を紹介しました。

このシリーズでは、今回の会議で発表されたさまざまな視点からみる日系アメリカ人の体験談だけでなく、会議に参加した方々の反応などを中心に紹介します。

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One for the History Books: Aleut-American Experience in WWII

           “I just want it to go in the history books.”
                        —Mary Bourdukofsky, Aleut American internee

The reach of empathy is determined in part, I believe, by the sharing of memories. As much as our individual natures and experiences, inherited perceptions of the world around us shape our responses to both historical and contemporary events.

Who we were influences who we are—and how well we relate as members of a larger society.

But what if our memories are lacking?

Hired to produce a short film documenting the restoration of six Russian Orthodox churches in Alaska, I asked an obvious question ...

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Records at the National Archives at Seattle and other West Coast Facilities Relating to the Japanese American Incarceration Experience - Part 3 of 3

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Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group 147 

Until recently Selective Service draft registration records from World War I and II were stored at field offices of the National Archives. The draft records have been moved to a single, central location at the National Archives at St. Louis and can be accessed there. Draft registration cards typically include address, date and place of birth, employment, citizenship, date of registration, and descriptive information. Using Gordon Hirabayashi again as an example, his draft card indicates that he registered on October 16, 1940, and noted that “I am a ...

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Records at the National Archives at Seattle and other West Coast Facilities Relating to the Japanese American Incarceration Experience - Part 2 of 3

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Records of the United States District Courts, Record Group 21 

NARA field facilities hold federal district and bankruptcy court case files heard in the courts in their geographic area. Some may also hold cases from a federal Circuit Court of Appeals if an appeals court exists nearby. The case files typically include all of the filings in the case, but frequently not the exhibits or transcripts. Exhibits are often returned to the person submitting them or are destroyed. Transcripts were not created unless requested or the case was appealed.

When a court decision is appealed portions of ...

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Records at the National Archives at Seattle and other West Coast Facilities Relating to the Japanese American Incarceration Experience - Part 1 of 3

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as the nation’s “record-keeper” is responsible for preserving and making available permanent historic records created by federal agencies, offices, committees, and courts. Included are federal records created during and after the forced mass removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans living along the west coast of the United States during World War II. These records may be found in many of the NARA facilities nationwide. Copies of some of the records can also be found on NARA microfilm publications and websites. The goal of this article is to help researchers identify and locate ...

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A Trip to Cedarville

It was near the closing of camp, when restrictions were being relaxed a bit, that I heard from our neighbor George about Mr. Crane, the Camp Reports Officer, taking a small group to entertain some high school students at Cedarville. Cedarville is in Modoc County, about 120 miles from Tule Lake.

George and a few of his musician friends were going and he asked me if I would be interested in joining them. My first thought was “I don’t sing or play an instrument, what could I do?” George said they wanted someone to provide some comic relief and ...

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