Remembering The Unlawful Internment of Our Northwest Japanese Neighbors

Former WWII Era Internment Camp Preserved As Manzanar National Historic Site

Ten war relocation centers were built in remote deserts, plains, and swamps of seven states; Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Manzanar, located in the Owens Valley of California between the Sierra Nevada on the west and the Inyo mountains on the east, was typical in many ways of the 10 camps. This monument stands at Manzanar. (Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images North America

Lee Callahan

80 years ago, Japanese-American citizens were imprisoned illegally in internment camps across the U.S.

Seattle Times columnist Naomi Ishisaka and her colleagues launched a project called A1 Revisited, scrutinizing their coverage of historic moments — starting with the day Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from Bainbridge — to begin to be accountable for the impact of past mistakes on our region. During her research, Naomi also discovered more about her own family's history of internment.

A1 Revisited: The Seattle Times’ coverage of the 1942 removal of 227 Bainbridge residents left a harmful legacy

Reporting a story about WWII incarceration, I learned about my own family’s hidden history.

Hear my conversation with Naomi here:

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