Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order that resulted in the exclusion and imprisonment of Japanese Americans as “enemy aliens.” Thirty years later, Japanese Americans demanded redress for their imprisonment. Examine this history, the constitutional issues, and the impact of this period on the treatment of U.S. Arab and Muslim communities since 9/11 and in current immigration debates.
John Tateishi led the national redress campaign by Japanese Americans for their forced exclusion and imprisonment during WWII and played a key role after 9/11 to prevent the roundup and detention of Arab and Muslim communities. He spent more than 30 years as a civil rights advocate and spokesperson on the WWII experiences of Japanese Americans.
Read a profile of John Tateishi from our September 2014 newsletter. The video below is from an earlier version of this course in Fall 2014.