Bridging the past and the present, Japanese American stories come to life in redesigned and modernized exhibit
An immersive experience exploring citizenship, constitutionality & redress
Sharing the lessons of Japanese American WWII incarceration with never-before-exhibited artifacts & new interactive elements
Painting, gift of Yoshizuka and Ryosuke family
Belongings left behind
Pin made from shells
An American Story
This fully rebuilt, technology-enhanced signature exhibit focuses on the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and explores how they responded to their forced removal and incarceration, ranging from quiet endurance to heroic valor to conscientious resistance. The exhibit also highlights Japanese Americans’ ongoing efforts to ensure no other groups experience similar civil rights violations.
All-new interactive displays, and never-before-exhibited artifacts from survivors supplement visitor favorites from the previous installation including a video introduction by George Takei and a replica barracks and guard tower. New features include a theater experience and an AI-based component allowing visitors to hold virtual conversations with three incarceration survivors.
Posted Japanese American exclusion order
Flag pledge ceremony at Raphael Weill Public School in San Francisco’s “Little Tokyo” weeks before forced removal
Heart Mountain Relocation Center
A grave injustice was done … motivated by prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.
Civil Liberties Act of 1988
We came back to nothing, or we had nothing to come back to.
Poston; U.S. Air Force, Korea
We have a legitimate right to say, ‘No, we will not serve the country until we are given our freedom.’