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From Internee To College Student: UConn’s Enrollment Of Japanese-Americans During World War II

Feb 14, 2017

President Trump’s executive order on immigration and talk of a Muslim registry during his campaign re-ignited memories of World War II, when the country sent Japanese-Americans to internment camps.

This hour, we revisit this history and learn why the University of Connecticut opened up its campus to some young internees.

We hear the personal stories of two Japanese-Americans who were sent to the internment camps and eventually found their way to UConn.

How does today’s political climate match up to 1942? We examine our country’s response to the executive orders by Trump and President Roosevelt 75 years ago.

What do you think we can learn today from policies drawn up during a dark time in history?

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Ali Oshinskie and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.