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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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 15 (April 21, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-15)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 15 (April 21, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-15)
Selected article titles: "Redress Eligibility of Nisei Vets Aired with ORA Administrator" (p. 1), "Wall Street Journal Notes Supplemental Redress Bill Action: 'Priority, Leadership of Majority Whip Coelho' Cited for Adding $250 Million" (p. 1), "Japanese Canadians Unveil Plaque at 1942 Camp Entrance" (p. 2), and "By the Board: JACL's Proposed 'Mega-Fund'" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 22 (June 9, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 22 (June 9, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-22)
Selected article titles: "'Hot' Asian American Studies Topics Aired" (pp. 1, 7), "JACL National Board Meets in San Francisco" (pp. 1-2), "LEAP Examines Asian American Agenda" (pp. 1-2), and "Japanese Press Translation: The United States of Japan" (pp. 5, 8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 5 (February 10, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-5)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 108, No. 5 (February 10, 1989) (ddr-pc-61-5)
Selected article titles: "Bill Yoshino Selected as the JACL's National Director" (pp. 1-2), "Guidelines for JACL Participation, Involvement in Legal Issues Adopted" (p. 1), "National JACL Board Motions from the Feb. 4 & 5, 1989 Meeting" (pp. 1, 5), and "Ujifusa on Another Whirlwind L.A. Tour Explaining Redress Appropriations Process" (p. 2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 17 (November 23, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-42)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 17 (November 23, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-42)
Select article titles: "Initial JACL Legacy Fund Report Notes $242,000 from 383 Donors"(p.1);"German Americans Detained in WWII Texas Camps Seek Redress"(p.1);"Mulroney Apologizes to Italians, But No Mention of Compensation"(p.1); "Marine Corps Charged with Racial Discrimination by Hawaiian Sansei"(p.2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 10 (March 16, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 10 (March 16, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-10)
Select article titles: "Yoshitomi Appointed JACL Pacific Northwest Director"(p.1);"Congressional Hearings Underscore Justice Dept.'s Commitment to Redress"(p.1)"6 JACL Chapters in Sacramento Valley in Rally for a Day of Remembrance"(p.2); "Five Asian Teenagers Attacked by Gang of White Youths in N.Y."(p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 9 (September 28, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 9 (September 28, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-34)
Select article titles: "National 1000 Club Goals Set, Dr. Sakamoto Confirmed as Chair"(p.1);"Anti-Chinese Vandals Hit New Church in Phoenix With Hate Slogans, Bullet Holes"(p.1); "Computer Power at Work for Redress"(p.3); "Ethnic Koreans Seen as 'Moral Deficit'"(p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 11 (March 23, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-11)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 11 (March 23, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-11)
Select article titles: "An Address from JACL-LEC Legislative Strategy Chair"(p.1);"Asian Pacific Municipal Officials Caucus Holds Workshop on Black/Asian Relations"(p.1);"Sakura Grove Dedicated as Memorial to Walerga Assembly Center"(p.2); "70% Increase in Asian/Pacific People from 1980 to 1988 Due to Immigration"(p.3); "San Francisco's Boy Scout Troop 12, Among U.S.'s Oldest, Founded by Issei"(p.8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 5 (August 31, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-30)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 5 (August 31, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-30)
Select article titles: "No. Cal-Western Nevada-Pacific JACL Director Retires After 15 Years"(p.1); "JACL HQ Rebuts Uyeda's 'Accusations'"(p.1); "What's Wrong With Being a Bridge to Japan? Nisei Have a Vested Interest in Its Well-Being"(p.5); "Two Years Ago on Aug. 10, President Reagan Sets Government Motion for Apology and Redress"(p.6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 5 (February 9, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-5)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 5 (February 9, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-5)
Select article titles: "Civil Rights Act of 1990 to Undo Court Decisions"(p.1); "Nakagawa to Seek 2nd Term as JACL Pres."(p.1); "Comprehensive Look at Asian Americans in Higher Education in California Sought"(p.1); " 'Hishoki': Japanese-African American Theme: Playwright Houston to Adopt Story for Film"(p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 22 (June 8, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-22)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 22 (June 8, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-22)
Select article titles: "JACL Raises Asian Admissions Issue at Confirmation Hearing of Dept. of Education Nominee"(p.1);"Three die, One Hurt in Oregon Mishap After Minidoka Dedication"(p.1); "JACL Convention to Honor Director of Leadership Conference on Civil Rights"(p.3); "Is JACL Participation in U.S.-Japan relations Controversial?"(p.5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 18 (November 30, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 18 (November 30, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-43)
Select article titles: "No Rate Increase Due for JACL-Blue Shield Subscribers"(p.1);"Sophomore Puzzled By Fellow Student's Racial Attitude, Prejudice in La Crosse"(p.1);"Bob Matsui Launches Bid for Full Term U. S. Senate in 1992"(p.1);"Fujimori Stresses Economic Reforms in His 100 Day Administration Speech"(p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 14 (April 13, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-14)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 14 (April 13, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-14)
Select article titles: "ORA Director Bratt Estimates Redress Recipients Will Range from Age 69 Up"(p.1);"JACL President's Speech: Japan Diplomats and Business Leaders Listen"(p.1); "Political Unkown Nisei, Fujimori Forces Top Presidential Vargas Llosa to Runoff"(p.1); "12th Graders Nationwide Tested on History and Civics: 58.9% Correctly Identify WWII Internment"(p.2).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 19 (December 7-14, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-44)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 111, No. 19 (December 7-14, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-44)
Select article titles: "Over 750 Donate $500,000 to JACL Legacy Fund"(p.1);"Nisei Community Thanked for Its Sacrifices to Make Redress Possible"(p.1); "Redress Checks a Reminder of Painful Memories"(p.5); "JACL and Communication Cited as Key to J.A. Well-Being"(p.5).
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. 110, No. 4 (February 2, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-4)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 110, No. 4 (February 2, 1990) (ddr-pc-62-4)
Select article titles: "Chinese Immigration Relief Act Veto Sustained; Bush's Executive Order Rules"(p.1); "Study of JACL's Actions During WWII Due for April Presentation"(p.1); "Sen Nishiyama Compares Heritage and Human Rights in U.S.-Japan Relations at Selanoco Fete"(p.3); "Issei History of U.S. in Agriculture"(p.6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 13 [October 25, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-38)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 13 [October 25, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-38)
Select article titles: "JACL national board meeting news" (p. 1), "Gov. Wilson vetoes bill that would protect redress" (p. 1), "Groups voice opposition to jail sentencing in Loo civil rights case" (p. 1), "Poston monument plans underway" (p. 5).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 14 [November 1, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-39)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 14 [November 1, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-39)
Select article titles: "Defining, discussing: Asian Americans from around the country gather for a national symposium in Los Angeles to discuss relevant issues facing them in today's society" (p. 1), "Bush supports compromise civil rights bill" (p. 1), "3 teens held in Phoenix temple killings" (p. 1), "JACL seeks repeal of United Nations resolution" (p. 1), …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 1 [January 4-11, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-1)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 1 [January 4-11, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-1)
Select article titles: "Bush Administration Policy on Minority Scholarship Programs" (p. 1), "The Buzz over the 'MCA Deal': Anti-Japanese Hysteria Hyped in New York Hits Other Asians" (p. 1), "Dan Inouye Says War with Iraq Will End Quickly (Dec. 19 Report)" (p. 3), "Teenager Remembers Internment Camp Life in Daring Microscopic Style after 40 Years" (p. …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 18 [November 29, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 18 [November 29, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-43)
Select article titles: "Developments in Phoenix murder case: Four men charged in case are dismissed" (p. 1), "Asian American leaders meet to discuss communication" (p. 1), "The Rap on Ice: Rapper Ice Cube's latest album has rocked the world because of what many consider to be racist lyrics" (p. 1), "Handling hate crimes" (p. 1), "Manzanar …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 12 [March 29, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-12)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 12 [March 29, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-12)
Select article titles: "JACL conference looks at issues of '90s" (p. 1), "A good accounting Asians score high in 1990 census" (p. 1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 19 [May 17, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-19)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 19 [May 17, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-19)
Select article titles: "JACL officials review redress process" (p. 1), Nikkei claims bias in police promotion" (p. 1), "Arizona hate crimes bill killed" (p. 1).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 3 [August 2-9, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-28)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 113, No. 3 [August 2-9, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-28)
Select article titles: "Masaoka memorial service set" (p. 1), "Loo case conviction applauded" (p. 1), "Anti-Asian violence book ready for JACL chapters" (p. 1), "N.Y. redistricting plan is rejected" (p. 1), "Manzanar bill passes Senate" (p. 1), "ORA responds to JACL suggestions for redress process" (p. 3), "UCLA to commemorate Executive Order" (p. 3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 2 [January 18, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-2)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 112, No. 2 [January 18, 1991] (ddr-pc-63-2)
Select article titles: "National JACL Statement: On the Scrutiny of Arab American Due to Persian Gulf Tensions" (p. 1), "To Be Located In Little Tokyo's First Street North Plaza: Nation-wide Search Ends as memorial Design for Japanese American Veterans Unveiled" (p. 1), "Marine Corps to Reopen Bias Case of Bruce Yamashita" (p. 3), "Nisei Evacuees Who …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 117, No. 11 (October 1-7,1993) (ddr-pc-65-36)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 117, No. 11 (October 1-7,1993) (ddr-pc-65-36)
Select article titles: "Kimura fires PC board chair" (p. 1); "Mas Satow named to bowling Hall of Fame" (p. 1); "What happened in San Francisco" (p. 7).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 117, No. 18 (November 19-25,1993) (ddr-pc-65-43)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 117, No. 18 (November 19-25,1993) (ddr-pc-65-43)
Select article titles: "JACL needs to set priorities, Uyehara tells CCDC group" (p. 1); "IDC: Hold off reorganization, keep Pacific Citizen as it is" (p. 1); "Others linked to five Sacramento firebombings" (p. 1); "Spokane Chapter files suit against local Democrats" (p. 1).
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