2008 National Conference » Events

Stories of Resistance: Consciousness, Conscience, and the Constitution

Cherstin Lyon, Public/Oral History Coordinator, Assistant Professor of History, California State University, San Bernardino

Yosh Kuromiya, Heart Mountain Resister
Morgan Yamanaka, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University
Hideo Yonenaka, Emeritus Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University

Topic: Different Views on the Incarceration
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Capitol 1, 4th Floor

Some scholars have argued that resistance to oppression within the Japanese American community, while never predominant, has always been widespread and, therefore, resistance and protest should be seen not merely as a general American tradition, but a specifically Nikkei one as well. In addition, it has been observed that the historical record shows that during World War II, resistance and protest by Japanese Americans was "frequent," "sustained," and "operated on multiple occasions and levels." This panel explores this contention through the voiced recollections and contemporary observations of a variety of wartime Nikkei resisters.

"Principled Protest," an article written by panelist Yosh Kuromiya and related to this session, is available on-line.

JANM_EnduringCommunities_20080705-stories-of-resistance.mp3 (16.0 MB)