Second generation Japanese Americans, known as Nisei, demanded the right to join the armed forces during World War II. On Feb. 9, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the relocation of Japanese Americans living on the west coast. One hundred twenty-two thousand men, women, and children were sent to incarceration camps throughout the United States. Further, the government classified males of Japanese ancestry as enemy aliens. This classification disqualified them from military service. The Army later loosened this restriction in June 1942. Despite the odds, thousands of Nisei Soldiers bravely served in World War II.
During this History Talk, explore the commitment, challenges, and sacrifices of the Nisei Soldiers. Participants will also examine Executive Order 9906, its impact on Japanese Americans living on the West Coast and how military service was used as a strategy to advance civil rights.
ELC, Virtual (Zoom)