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The Tule Lake Segregation Center: Its History and Significance [AUDIO]

Moderators:
Barbara Takei, Writer/researcher

Panelists:
Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Poet, playwright and actor; American Book Award, 2005
Bill Toru Nishimura, Gardena Buddhist Church, Gardena Gardeners' Association
Morgan Yamanaka, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University

Topic: Dignity
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Redwood A & B

In fall 1943, more than 10 percent of the unjustly confined Nikkei population was imprisoned in the maximum security Tule Lake Segregation Center, a consequence of their refusal to give unqualified affirmation to two so-called loyalty questions. This nonviolent protest, defined as disloyalty by the U.S. government, has been virtually erased from the Japanese American narrative for the past 70 years. Hear from three Nisei survivors who resisted their government’s demand to show unquestioned “patriotic” compliance in the face of being stripped of their rights, freedom, and dignity.

Articles related to this panel are available on-line:
- "The Block Manager’s Canary" by Hiroshi Kashiawagi
- "Legalizing Detention: Segregated Japanese Americans and the Justice Department’s Renunciation Program" by Barbara Takei
- "My Opposition to the Registration" by Hiroshi Kashiwagi
- "Of No-No Boy and No-No Boys" by Tamiko Nimura
- "Radio Station KOBY in Medford, Oregon" by Hiroshi Kashiwagi
- "A Trip to Cedarville" by Hiroshi Kashiwagi
- "A Visit to the White House" by Hiroshi Kashiwagi

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