In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which allowed the U.S. military to forcibly remove any Japanese Americans living on the West Coast and incarcerate them in camps, euphemistically called “War Relocation Centers.”
Order 9066 disrupted Japanese Americans' lives on an individual, family, and community level. This forced relocation order affected two Redmond High seniors, Chizuko Tamaye and Kaora Tokunaga. Each family responded differently to this order.
View our temporary exhibit at the Redmond Library starting February 8th.
The Redmond Historical Society also encourages you to learn more about Japanese American Incarceration and Executive Order 9066 from organizations that specialize in this history. Here are a few places to get you started:
Densho (https://densho.org/) A non-profit organization whose mission is to “To preserve and share history of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans to promote equity and justice today.”
The Wing Luke Museum (https://www.wingluke.org/) : A museum dedicated to all Asian American experiences in the Pacific Northwest,
Japanese American Remembrance Trail Tour, (in-person, pre-register event) Feb. 5- March 26th, 2022
Washington State History Museum, “REMEMBRANCE: The Legacy of Executive Order 9066 in Washington State,” https://www.washingtonhistory.org/exhibit/the-legacy-of-executive-order-9066-in-washington/
Tule Lake National Monument: https://www.nps.gov/tule/index.htm
Altered Lives, Enduring Community: Japanese Americans Remember Their World War II Incarceration, by Stephen S. Fugita, Marilyn Fernandez, University of Washington Press: https://uwapress.uw.edu/book/9780295983813/altered-lives-enduring-community/
King County Library Staff Curated Book List: Day of Remembrance, Japanese Internment: https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/list/share/209743155_kcls_librarians_diversity/594545727_day_of_remembrance,_japanese_internment
National Parks Service, Terminology and the Mass Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, 2021, https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/terminology-and-the-mass-incarceration-of-japanese-americans-during-world-war-ii.htm