In 1942, at age three, John Tateishi was imprisoned with his family at Manzanar, one of ten U.S. government camps used to incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II. Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that year, gave the U.S. military the ability to designate areas "from which any or all persons may be excluded." Tateishi later went on to lead the fight for reparations for Japanese Americans forced into the camps. As part of our ongoing coverage of the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, we’ll talk with Tateishi about his family’s experience and his book “Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations”.
First Person: John Tateishi’s Long Fight for 'Redress' and Justice for Japanese Americans
John Tateishi, an activist and writer who was imprisoned with his family at Manzanar, poses for a portrait in Berkeley on July 17, 2019. © The Regents of the University of California, The University Library, Universty of California, Berkeley.
John Tateishi, Author, “Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations”. Former director of the Japanese American Citizens League.