Don’t Exclude Us Initiative
For many decades, Japanese Americans have been recounting family stories and personal memories of the WWII incarceration, both to try to illuminate the injustices as well as to encourage others to stand up against similar acts of scapegoating and racism. Former internees said unequivocally: “Never Again!”
Yet it is happening again.
In the face of a ban targeting Muslims, the demonization of immigrants, and a muscular deportation force, we find profound relevance in these remembrances of Japanese Americans and also in stories of excluded Chinese Americans, tales of families destroyed by the so-called Mexican Repatriation. We believe recording and filming these oral histories can unite our communities by motivating us to Take a Stand together as one community today!
Our initiative is a collaboration by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, the California History Center at De Anza College, and J-town Community TV with funding provided by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program at the California State Library.