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?
- Glenn Mitoma - Director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Education at the University of Connecticut
- Cathy Schlund-Vials - Professor of English, Director of the Asian and Asian-American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, President of the Association for Asian American Studies
- Lisa Fukui - Virginia Resident. Daughter of former internee and UConn student George Fukui
- Steven White - Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Law at Lafayette College, Author of Washington Post analysis, “Many Americans support Trump’s immigration order. Many Americans backed Japanese internment camps, too.”
Ali Oshinskie and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.