Memory and Renewal: Tanforan Assembly Center

2017 marks 75 years since the first Japanese Americans we forced into assembly centers and then to concentration camps throughout the United States. Here in Western Washington American citizens and their parents were held at the Puyallup Fairgrounds– renamed Camp Harmony and then most were sent to Minidoka camp in Idaho. “Except in Portland, Pinedale, Sacramento, and Mayer, large fairground or racetracks were selected to minimize the need for building extra housing. At the racetracks, stables were cleaned out for use as living quarters. At the Portland Assembly Center over 3,800 evacuees were housed under one roof in a livestock pavilion subdivided into apartments.” (Densho Project Website) Tanforan was a racetrack. When we

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9066. The People Who Lived It: Pat Morita

Known as Arnold on Happy Days, and mostly recognized as Mr. Miyagi in the original Karate Kid franchise, Pat Morita is one of 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during the Second World War. His total filmography is immense. He was a trailblazer for Asian Americans on television and in film. He speaks here about his experience behind barbed wire.

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