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.

This year, Wing Luke Museum developed the exhibit Belonging: Before and After the Immigration Act of 1965 in its Seattle Chinatown-International District location. This exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965, a bill that activated a sea change in the ethnic and cultural make-up of America. The subject seemed fitting, as the museum’s building was repurposed in 2008 from the Freeman hotel that once housed Chinese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants during the pre-World War II era.As we researched content for the exhibit, we wondered what stories existed beyond our purview, among people all around the nation. How do we document our own lives?(You can check out …