Shame of a Nation
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of documentary film in the School of Theater, Film and Television,
Robert A. Nakamura M.F.A. '75 was 6 when his family was taken from
their home in Los Angeles and sent to Manzanar. It fell to Nakamura
to compile the home movies incorporated into the CD-ROM. It was
an emotional experience - not only for Nakamura.
are incredulous," he says. "They cannot believe it. They ask, 'Where
did this happen?' They cannot comprehend that it took place in the
United States." That, says Karen Ishizuka, curator of the Japanese
American National Museum exhibit, is exactly why Executive Order
9066 is such an important educational tool. The essence, she says,
is that people not forget this happened in a country with a strong
constitution and a democratic government.
goes back to Martin Niemoeller's quote during World War II: 'They
came for the Communists, but I wasn't a Communist - so I didn't
object; They came for the Socialists, but I wasn't a Socialist -
so I didn't object; They came for the trade union leaders, but I
wasn't a trade union leader - so I didn't object; They came for
the Jews, but I wasn't a Jew - so I didn't object; Then they came
for me - and there was no one left to object.
don't want children growing up thinking this was something that
happened a long time ago to another people and is just a part of
history," Ishizuka says. "We all need to understand that if we are
not vigilant this is something that could happen again."
CD-ROM can be ordered from the Japanese American National Museum
at (800) 461-5266.