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Morgan Yamanaka

Emeritus Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University

Morgan Yamanaka is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at San Francisco State University. He was born in San Francisco in 1924, taken to Japan as an infant, and returned to the U.S. in 1931 for schooling. After Pearl Harbor, in an act of patriotism he renounced his Japanese citizenship, but in April 1942 his draft status became 4-C (“enemy alien”). While incarcerated in central Utah (Topaz), Mr. Yamanaka answered the loyalty questions “no-no” and was segregated to Tule Lake, where he was labeled a “troublemaker” and imprisoned in the stockade. When Tule Lake closed in 1946, Yamanaka was one of the 5,461 American citizens who left Tule Lake stripped of U.S. citizenship: a “Native American alien.”

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

The Tule Lake Segregation Center: Its History and Significance [AUDIO]
Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Poet, playwright and actor; American Book Award, 2005
Bill Toru Nishimura, Gardena Buddhist Church, Gardena Gardeners' Association
Barbara Takei, Writer/researcher
Morgan Yamanaka, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University


Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Redwood A & B
Topic: Dignity