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The Japanese American Citizens League

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was organized in the late 1920s by a small group of young, professional nisei in response to the anti-Japanese fervor of the times. The organization was decidedly patriotic and dealt with discrimination by emphasizing American citizenship, loyalty, and assimilation. Because of their ideology, JACL members were recruited by the military to assist in carrying out the "evacuation" orders, and they urged Japanese Americans to cooperate with the government. The group inspired strong, mixed feelings among Japanese Americans during this time. However, in the years following the war, the JACL regained much of its former support by successfully overturning many legal barriers for Japanese Americans.

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The Japanese American Citizens League (1602)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Warren Furutani, Japanese American Citizens League, Saburo Kido, James Sakamoto, Masao Satow, Walter Tsukamoto, Edison Uno

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Cherry Kinoshita Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-34-12)
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Getting involved in the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1012-3-9)
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Thoughts on the Japanese American Citizens League's wartime stance (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations …

Roger Daniels Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1012-17-4)
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The role of the Japanese American Citizens League after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, …

Roger Daniels Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1012-17-6)
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Japanese American community response to the Japanese American Citizens League (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or …

Peter Irons Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1012-16-9)
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The Japanese American Citizens League's initial position on Hirabayashi, Korematsu and Yasui (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and …

Jun Kurumada Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1013-5-11)
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Establishment of the Reimeikai, a precursor to the Japanese American Citizens League in Utah
Jun Kurumada Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1013-5-17)
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The Japanese American Citizens League's decision to move the national office to Salt Lake City
Jun Kurumada Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1013-5-12)
vh Jun Kurumada Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1013-5-12)
Role as president of the Salt Lake City JACL chapter following the bombing of Pearl Harbor
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vh William "Bill" Kaneko Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1020-11-2)
Involvement with the Japanese American Citizens League during the redress movement

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department …

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Working with the Office of Redress Administration through the JACL

(This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of …

Clifford Uyeda Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-122-19-12)
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Reflections on being JACL president, and ideas about the role and function of the JACL and its members

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 …

Clifford Uyeda Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-19-1)
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Deciding to join the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) 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 …
Dave Kawamoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-9-1)
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Barred from joining the Air Corps: "We're not taking Japs"; thoughts on the JACL prewar

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 …

James Omura Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-122-4-9)
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The Japanese American Citizens League before World War II, meeting Mike Masaoka

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, …

Art Hansen Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-122-23-6)
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JACL attitudes toward American citizenship

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 …

Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1002-11-12)
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Becoming involved in a conflict between the New World Daily newspaper and the Japanese American Citizens League

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in …

Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1002-11-13)
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Description of the prewar Japanese American Citizens League and Tokie Slocum

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life …

Grayce Uyehara Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-99-6)
vh Grayce Uyehara Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-99-6)
Organizing the Philadelphia chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule, our interviews were …

Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-114-15)
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Reactivating Puyallup Valley Chapter Japanese American Citizens League with new focus on civil rights

This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen League in collaboration with Densho.

John Kanda Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-116-11)
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Active involvement in the Puyallup Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen's League

This interview is part of a collaborative effort of the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League and Densho.

Bill Hosokawa Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-129-7)
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Involvement in the Japanese American Citizens League; Nisei identity as a member of white society
Frank Miyamoto Interview III Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-52-10)
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Impact of exclusion on community, rise of the JACL and anti-JACL sentiments
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