Receiving redress checks and apology

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act, which, among other things, mandated an official apology from the government and monetary payments to Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. On October 9, 1990, more than two years after the passage of the bill, the first of the redress payments were made in a formal ceremony to elderly issei survivors in Washington, D.C. Similar ceremonies were held in cities across the country. While few of those who were incarcerated feel that the government's apology erases what was done, many believe that a formal admission of wrongdoing helped resolve feelings of shame and corrected misperceptions held by the larger society.

Receiving redress checks and apology (88)

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Written apology (ddr-densho-25-125)
doc Written apology (ddr-densho-25-125)
This written apology from former U.S. President George Bush accompanied redress checks for former camp inmates.
Letter (with envelope) to Tsuyako
doc Letter (with envelope) to Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima from Talland Rozy Okazaki (postmarked July 8, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-36)
Letter (with envelope) to Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima from Talland Rozy Okazaki (July 8, 1991). Envelope is postmarked July 8, 1991 from Marine Del Ray, California.
Thank you card to Tsuyako
doc Thank you card to Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima from Mrs. Yamamoto (ddr-janm-4-35)
Thank you card to Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima from Mrs. Yamamoto. Blue/white card with illustration in green/purple/pink of purple and pink irises and twp small yellow birds. "Thank you" is written on the top. There's dark blue borders on the top and bottom.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 6 (September 7, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-31)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 6 (September 7, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-31)
Select article titles: "Dan Rather's Quip on WWII Internment Hit"(p.1); "Calif. Assembly Soundly Defeats ACR 181 to Rewrite History of Internment in State Textbooks"(p.1);"A Great Program at the Outset in the 1970s, But Interest Waning Now for JACL Chapters"(p.2);"President Fujimori's Inaugural Day"(p.6);"When You Call 800-395-4672 for Redress Help, Here're the People in the Office Who Respond"(p.8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 8 (September 21, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 8 (September 21, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-33)
Select article titles: "Matsui Criticizes Census Bureau for Method on Counting"(p.1); "Fujimori's Request for Japan's Help Seen in 120 Trucks"(p.1); "Nikkei Doctors, Nurses of Internment Camp Days to Be Remembered at L.A. Gala"(p.2); "ORA Case Flow for the First 30,000: What's in Your File and Where It Goes"(p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 12 (October 19, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 12 (October 19, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-37)
Select article titles: "California Changes Policy for Medi-Cal Patients Due to Receive Federal Redress Payment"(p.1);"First 15,000 Checks in the Mail Now"(p.1);"Susan A Kamb of Malibu: 'The National' Calls Over a Sansei from 'Sports Illustrated' to Top Post"(p.2);"The JACL Legacy Fund -- Our Obligation"(p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 13 (October 27, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-38)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 109, No. 13 (October 27, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-38)
Selected article titles: "JACL Staffers O.K.: Earthquake Shakes No. Calif.; JACL HQ Closes for the Week" (pp. 1-2), "Payments Starting October, 1990: Reparations Passes, Conference Report Vote by House Expected" (pp. 1-2), "JACL-LEC Update: What Is 'Entitlement'?" (p. 4), and "Comments from the Nation's Press: Make Good the Promise of Redress" (p. 4).
Issei woman waiting for her redress check (ddr-densho-26-39)
img Issei woman waiting for her redress check (ddr-densho-26-39)
This ceremony at the Nisei Veterans Hall honored five Issei, all at least 100 years old, and presented them with their redress checks. Shown here are Norio Wakamatsu and his mother, Mrs. Wakamatsu.
Oral history of Morris and Cherry Abe (ddr-csujad-28-3)
av Oral history of Morris and Cherry Abe (ddr-csujad-28-3)
Oral history Interview of Morris and Cherry Abe. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csuci_vcc-jic_0005
Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
doc Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
Oral history interview with Satoshi Kuwamoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KUWAMOTO_SATOSHI
James Kirihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-12)
doc James Kirihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-12)
Oral history interview with James Kirihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KIRIHARA_JAMES
White House, Washington (ddr-csujad-24-87)
doc White House, Washington (ddr-csujad-24-87)
A letter from George Bush, President of the United States, apologizing for Japanese American incarceration during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_07_004
Autographed photo of redress check presentation (ddr-densho-25-132)
img Autographed photo of redress check presentation (ddr-densho-25-132)
Kisa Iseri, an Issei woman, receiving her redress check from Assistant Attorney General John Dunne.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 107, No. 7 (September 16, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-32)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 107, No. 7 (September 16, 1988) (ddr-pc-60-32)
Selected article titles: "New Office of Reparations Administration to Administer Redress Payments" (p. 1), "Public Law 100-383: The Civil Liberties Act: Questions and Answers" (p. 3), "Solution to Japan-U.S. Friction" (pp. 4-5), and "1988 National JACL Scholarship Recipients" (pp. 6-10).
White House war reparation letter (ddr-densho-308-8)
doc White House war reparation letter (ddr-densho-308-8)
When Mae Hara received her reparation letter and check, she said she was stunned. She used the money received from the government to buy a new echo organ for her church in Madison, Wisconsin. Hara dedicated the donation to the memory of her parents, Kinmatsu and Chiyoko Kanazawa.
Written apology (ddr-densho-153-20)
doc Written apology (ddr-densho-153-20)
This written apology from former U.S. President George Bush accompanied redress checks for former camp inmates.
Henry Fukuhara Interview Segment 15 (ddr-manz-1-3-15)
vh Henry Fukuhara Interview Segment 15 (ddr-manz-1-3-15)
Thoughts on redress: "You can't put a dollar sign on the feeling"
Taketora Jim Tanaka Interview Segment 22 (ddr-manz-1-50-22)
vh Taketora Jim Tanaka Interview Segment 22 (ddr-manz-1-50-22)
Receiving redress: "it never could replace the freedom we lost"
Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 53 (ddr-densho-1000-143-53)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 53 (ddr-densho-1000-143-53)
Thoughts on redress, using the money to "pay back" the community
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