Art Hansen Interview Segment 2

Recollection of first meeting with Jimmie Omura (ddr-densho-122-23-1) - 00:04:08
The significance of Jimmie Omura, a "crusading journalist" (ddr-densho-122-23-2) - 00:05:12
Impressions after attending a reunion of resisters (ddr-densho-122-23-3) - 00:02:59
Discussion of community treatment of draft resisters and the episode's place in historical context (ddr-densho-122-23-4) - 00:05:08
The Japanese American Citizens League's wartime actions versus Jimmie Omura's (ddr-densho-122-23-5) - 00:03:01
JACL attitudes toward American citizenship (ddr-densho-122-23-6) - 00:02:44
Description of 1942 all-camp conference in Salt Lake City (ddr-densho-122-23-7) - 00:05:27
Mike Masaoka's role as leader of the 1942 all-camp conference (ddr-densho-122-23-8) - 00:05:40
Description of the Tolan Committee hearings (ddr-densho-122-23-9) - 00:03:16
Mike Masaoka's role at the Bay Region Committee for Unity (ddr-densho-122-23-10) - 00:03:18
Jimmie Omura's magazine Current Life (ddr-densho-122-23-11) - 00:06:11
Ending of Nisei magazine Current Life (ddr-densho-122-23-12) - 00:02:33
Jimmie Omura's thoughts on mass removal: "he thought it was a disaster" (ddr-densho-122-23-13) - 00:01:28
Jimmie Omura's life in Denver during World War II (ddr-densho-122-23-14) - 00:03:54
(ddr-densho-122-23-15) - 00:01:04
The influence of Henry David Thoreau on Jimmie Omura (ddr-densho-122-23-16) - 00:04:05
The impact of Jimmie Omura's Rocky Shimpo editorials (ddr-densho-122-23-17) - 00:03:41
Jimmie Omura's arrest for writing seditious sentiments in the Rocky Shimpo (ddr-densho-122-23-18) - 00:03:16
The relationship between the Pacific Citizen, the Heart Mountain Sentinel and the draft resisters (ddr-densho-122-23-19) - 00:04:15
(ddr-densho-122-23-20) - 00:02:04
Description of Ben Kuroki (ddr-densho-122-23-21) - 00:03:07
The reception received by Ben Kuroki on his visits to various concentration camps (ddr-densho-122-23-22) - 00:04:56
Belief that Ben Kuroki's visits to concentration camps "didn't have the desired effect" for the U.S. government (ddr-densho-122-23-23) - 00:05:01
First learning of the Japanese American story in college (ddr-densho-122-23-24) - 00:03:53
The emergence of the resisters' story (ddr-densho-122-23-25) - 00:03:48
Talking with resisters postwar about their experiences (ddr-densho-122-23-26) - 00:03:36
The resisters' story: "these people are well on their way to becoming ... recognizable American heroes" (ddr-densho-122-23-27) - 00:03:23
Thoughts on documenting history in an objective way (ddr-densho-122-23-28) - 00:04:24
The distinction between "no-no" boys and draft resisters (ddr-densho-122-23-29) - 00:03:17
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The significance of Jimmie Omura, a "crusading journalist"

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the resistance movement itself.

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February 22, 1998

Frank Abe Collection

Frank Abe Collection

Courtesy of Frank Abe

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Art Hansen

Art Hansen Interview

01:48:49 — 29 segments

February 22, 1998

Los Angeles, California

Caucasian male. Born October 10, 1938, in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Education History: BA, MA, Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Barbara

Work History: Professor of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton (1966-Present); Visiting Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1979-1980; Editor, Oral History Review, 1980-1987; President, Southwest Oral History Association (1991-1992); President, Oral History Association (2002-2003); Senior Historian, Japanese American National Museum (2001-2005)

Publications: Coeditor, Reflections on Shattered Windows: Promises and Prospects for Asian American Studies (Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 1987); Editor, Japanese American Evacuation World War II Oral History Project [five parts: Evacuees; Administrators; Analysts; Resisters; Guards and Townspeople] (Munich, Ger.: K. G. Saur, 1992-1995].

Awards/Honors: James V. Mink Oral History Award, Southwest Oral History Association, 1988; Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, California State University, Fullerton, 1996-1997; Distinguished Faculty Member, College of Humanities and Social Studies, California State University, Fullerton, 2001-2002.

(This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the resistance movement itself.)

Frank Abe, interviewer; Frank Chin, interviewer

Frank Abe Collection

Courtesy of Frank Abe

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