Issei waiting to receive their redress checks
ddr-densho-10-11 (Legacy UID: denshopd-p10-00011)
Four Issei, all at least 100 years of age, waiting to receive their redress checks at the Nisei Veterans Hall in Seattle, Washington. Left to right: Mr. Katsuo, Ms. Wakamatsu, Mr. Ishimitsu, and Mr. Nakagawa. The fifth Issei recipient, Mr. Frank Yatsu, is not pictured. The man standing behind Ms. Wakamatsu is unidentified. The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was enacted to redress the wrongs committed by the U.S. government against Japanese Americans during World War II. The act called for a formal, written apology from the president and $20,000 in compensation to each surviving camp inmate. The recommendations were made by the government-appointed Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians.
- Yanagihara, Akio (photographer)
Courtesy of the Kinoshita Family Collection