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9066 to 9/11: America’s Concentration Camps Then ... and Now?
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 24480 DVD
Looks at the World War II-era treatment of Japanese Americans as seen through the contemporary lens of the post-9/11 world. As the U.S. government fights a "war on terrorism" its tactics and policies have caused concern for some Americans of Japanese descent, who were interned in concentration camps during WWII. No new concentration camps have materialized, but mass deportations and detentions, particularly of Arab and Muslim immigrants in America, have forced a comparison of the two experiences, revealing striking similarities.
A Family Gathering
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 3553 VHS
Tells the dramatic story of the consequences of the U.S. internment policy and the Yasui family’s long battle to reclaim their place as Americans.
Camp Amache: The Story of an American Tragedy
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 24420 DVD
The story of the internment of Japanese-Americans at Camp Amache in southeastern Colorado during World War II, includes interviews with some of those encamped and their family members.
The Cats of Mirikitani
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 25570 DVD
Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But then 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home to confront his pain.
Children of the Camps
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 10672 VHS
During World War II more than half of the 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent who were "evacuated" to American concentration camps were children. In this documentary six Japanese Americans who were incarcerated as children in the camps reveal their experiences, cultural and familial issues during incarceration, the long internalized grief and shame they felt and how this early trauma manifested itself in their adult lives.
The Color of Honor: The Japanese American soldier in WWII
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 2843 VHS
Tells the story of the Japanese-American soldiers who fought for the United States in Europe and the Pacific while their families faced racism, discrimination and internment at home. They became liberators of Nazi-oppressed people in Italy and France, and served as interpreters, propaganda agents and combat intelligence gatherers against the Japanese in the Pacific area. In this film, a number of former soldiers recall their war-time experiences.
Conscience and the Constitution
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 25640 VHS
Americans, organized as the Fair Play Committee, refused to be drafted from the concentration camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Ready to fight, but not before their rights as U.S. citizens were restored and families released. The largest organized resistance to incarceration, leading to the largest trial for draft resistance in U.S. history. Prosecuted as criminals, Japanese American leaders and veterans ostracized them as traitors. The resisters served two years in prison, and for the next 50 were written out of the official history of Japanese America.
Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 2734 VHS
A powerful portrait of artist Estelle Ishigo, one of the few Caucasians to be interned along with 110,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. She refused to be separated from her Japanese American husband, and lived with him for four years behind barbed wire in the desolate Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming. Her sketches and watercolors form a moving portrait of the lives of the internees.
Looking Like the Enemy
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 20407 DVD
In this C-SPAN recording Mary Matsuda Gruenewald talks about her memoir "Looking like the enemy : my story of imprisonment in Japanese American internment camps" on Feb. 19, 2006 at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.
Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 14140 VHS
Fred Korematsu was probably never more American than when he resisted, and then challenged in court, the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Korematsu lost his landmark Supreme Court case in 1944, but never his indignation and resolve. This is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu -- one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory.
Rabbit In the Moon
Call Number: Main Media Services Video record 24716 DVD
A documentary about the lasting effects of the World War II internment on the Japanese American community. The film examines issues that ultimately created deep rifts within the Japanese American community. Looks at the racist loyalty oath, and the practice of drafting for the US military within the camps. Relies on testimony of camp survivors and families to show individual traumas, these are then placed into an overall perspective.
Unfinished Business: The Japanese American Internment Cases
Call Number: Main Media Services Course Reserve Video record 21202 DVD
In the spring of 1942, more than 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry were uprooted from their lives and incarcerated in relocation camps. Their stories, along with those who refused to go, are told in this Oscar nominated film.
Resources on Microfilm
Reproduces a large number of documents ranging from camp publications to Army orders and reports to newspaper and periodical clippings from among the records of the Adjutant General’s Office, in the custody of the National Archives of the United States.
Watch Silent Sacrifice
Silent Sacrifice: The Story of Japanese American Incarceration in California’s San Joaquin Valley and Beyond is a two-hour documentary film that will shed light on the ramifications of Executive Order 9066. This landmark film shares the experience of Japanese Americans before, during and after WWII with a focus on the Merced, Tulare, Fresno and Pinedale Assembly Centers.
Media Services Microform Collection Guide
This annotated index of approximately 250 microform guides stored in The University of Iowa Main Library Media Services Department provides a summary of those holdings that have guides. This numerical index has been arranged as a shelf list, giving the order in which the guides are to be found on the shelf according to accession number. This is only a small portion of microforms available on campus; many microform materials do not have guide books.
Microform Sets for Historical Research
The great untapped source of primary historical materials for history researchers in this area is the vast collection of microform sets held in the UI Libraries and the UI Law Library. This document lists sizable microform sets of potential interest to history researchers. It lists only microform sets that are "sizable," that is, those consisting of more than 6 reels of microfilm, or more than 40 microfiche, or more than 200 microprints or microcards.