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 (1601)

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1601 items
Henry Miyatake Interview V Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-57-31)
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Continuing the struggle to build a redress movement with Japanese American Citizens League support
Henry Miyatake Interview V Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-57-28)
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Presenting the "Seattle plan" for redress at the National Japanese American Citizens League convention
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.

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-77-34)
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The Japanese American community's involvement in Seattle's Seafair activities

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Shosuke Sasaki Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-78-23)
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Early efforts to start a redress campaign, the "Seattle Plan"; objecting to the JACL creed
Shosuke Sasaki Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-78-10)
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Impressions of the Japanese American Citizens League in prewar Seattle
John Tateishi Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-469-12)
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Internal conflict within the Japanese American Citizens League during the redress movement
Henry Miyatake Interview VI Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-58-5)
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Turning down the opportunity to head the JACL's National Committee for Redress
Henry Miyatake Interview VI Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-58-6)
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Redress discussions over whether individual monetary payments detracted from the larger constitutional issues
John Tateishi Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-469-19)
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Thoughts on the future of the Japanese American Citizens League
Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-275-17)
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Attending a meeting of the Japanese American Citizens League: "we took the policy of cooperation"

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 expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the …

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-76-31)
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Beginnings of Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

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
Floyd Shimomura Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-466-18)
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Becoming president of National Japanese American Citizens League
Grayce Uyehara Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-99-6)
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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 …

Spady Koyama Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-38-12)
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Formation of the Spokane, Washington Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League
Alan Nishio Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-450-11)
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Getting involved with the Japanese American Citizens League
Floyd Shimomura Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-466-14)
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Moving up in the Japanese American Citizens League as the redress movement was starting
Alan Kumamoto Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-464-15)
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Taking a new position of National Youth Director with the Japanese American Citizens League
Alan Kumamoto Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-464-17)
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Working to get younger people accepted in the Japanese American Citizens League
Alan Kumamoto Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-464-16)
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Working with youth at the Japanese American Citizens League
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