San Francisco, California. Many children of Japanese ancestry attended Raphael Weill public School, Geary and Buchanan Streets, prior to evacuation. This scene shows first- graders during flag pledge ceremony. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration. Provision will be effected for the continuance of education. (from the Dorothea Lange collection as shown on the AnchorEdition website)

What Have We Learned in 75 Years?

75 years ago, my parents were locked up. Their only crime – being born of Japanese descent. Like nearly 120,000 other Japanese-American citizens and legal Japanese immigrants, my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were taken far away from their homes and locked up behind barbed wire fences with armed guards in the middle of nowhere. My mom was taken to Arizona and my dad to … Continue reading What Have We Learned in 75 Years?

Storm clouds rolling in - beautiful to look at but can be destructive too

These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls

I think I know every line by heart. One of my favorite movies of all time is When Harry Met Sally… I’ve watched it more times than I can count. And there’s a part of me that’s admittedly a little like Harry. There’s probably a little Harry in all of us, and Sally too, which is why the movie is so relatable. But in particular … Continue reading These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls