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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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 …

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
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 …

Stanley N. Shikuma Interview I Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-517-18)
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Getting involved with the Japanese American Citizens League and other community activities
Alan Nishio Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-450-11)
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Getting involved with the Japanese American Citizens League
Floyd Shimomura Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-466-18)
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Becoming president of National 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
David Sakura Interview II Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-513-7)
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Involvement with the reestablishment of the New England JACL chapter
David Sakura Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-513-8)
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Growing the New England chapter of the JACL, becoming their spokesperson
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
Frank Saburo Sato Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-446-8)
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Involvement with the Japanese American Citizens League during the redress movement
Frank Saburo Sato Interview II Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-446-11)
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Bringing together different Japanese American groups involved in the redress movement
Cherry Kinoshita Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-34-12)
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Getting involved in the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
George Fugami Segment 50 (ddr-densho-1000-7-50)
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Reflecting on community efforts to overturn alien land laws
Ronald Ikejiri Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-461-10)
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Taking a position as the Washington representative for the Japanese American Citizens League
Ronald Ikejiri Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-461-15)
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Mike Masaoka's role in the early days of the redress movement
Ronald Ikejiri Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-461-12)
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Setting up groups of formal and informal advisers in Washington
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