“Our differences in beliefs do not truly separate us or elevate us over others. Rather, they highlight the rich tapestry that is humanity.”
~ George Takei
In the United States during World War II, about 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom lived on the Pacific Coast, were forcibly relocated and incarcerated in concentration camps in the western interior of the country. Approximately two-thirds of the internees were United States citizens. (Wikipedia)
A few books I have read and recommend highly on the subject of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II:
- Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston
- They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei
- Facing the Mountain: A True Story of the Japanese American Heroes in World War II, by Daniel James Brown
Rod and I visited Manzanar a few years ago on one of our road trips. It was a powerful and very moving experience to walk around the camp. I have a very similar photograph.
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I’ve never been there, Les, but I can imagine that it would be a very powerful experience to see it in person!