World War II

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New Podcast Chronicles Internment of Japanese Americans

American Public Media podcast “Order 9066” takes its name from the executive order that authorized the forced relocation of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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WWII Film Casts White Actor as Native Hawaiian, Critics Accuse Production of Whitewashing

Zachary McGowan will portray Benehakaka “Ben” Kanahele—a Native Hawaiian who earned a Purple Heart for his heroics during World War II—in the upcoming “Niʻihau.”

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That Time George Takei and Grandma Satako Saved Thanksgiving

A Donald Trump surrogate recently compared the president-Elect’s Muslim registry plan to Japanese-American internment during World War II. Contributor Sophie Sarkar reflects on this political moment through a heartwarming story about her grandmother meeting fellow internee George Takei after a Thanksgiving showing of his Broadway musical, “Allegiance.”

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Trump PAC Spokesperson Cites Japanese Internment Camps as Precedent for Muslim Registry

Carl Higbie: “I know the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass. We’ve done it with Iran back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese.”

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QUOTABLE: Read This Sobering Passage From 'Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File'

Scholar John Edgar Wideman’s new book explores the story of Emmett Till’s father, Louis. The U.S. Army convicted the elder Till of rape and murder during World War II and hanged him; leaks about his story derailed attempts to successfully convict his son’s murderers. The book is available today via Scribner.

WATCH: Muslim Youth Read Japanese-American Internees' Heartbreaking 'Letters From Camp'

The new video, sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, features Muslim-American youth and Japanese-American internment camp survivors.

READ: WWII Internment Camp Survivor Visits Detention Centers, Illuminates Striking Similarities

“The parallels, the resonance, the familiarity of the situation was really clear,” Dr. Satsuki Ina told the Los Angeles Times. 

George Takei Compares Syrian Refugee 'Hysteria' To WWII Xenophobia

Takei talks about his time in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II and the current paranoia against Syrian refugees during an MSNBC appearance. 

George Takei Calls Out Virginia Mayor for Comments on Syrian Refugees

The acclaimed actor, who survived an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, wrote an open letter to Roanoake mayor David Bowers. 

New Film Honors WWII Muslim Heroine

Coming soon to a theater near you