At the end of May Congressman Derek Kilmer introduced a bill in the House to recognize a new name for the Bainbridge Island memorial to the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were forced from their homes to concentration camps during the Second World War, one that acknowledges their exclusion from mainstream American society. If passed, the name will be changed to the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.
Clarence Moriwaki, President of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association, explained the reason for the change: “The word exclusion is so vital to completely tell this sad chapter of American history, because not only were 120,000 Japanese Americans forcibly removed and placed behind barbed wire in American concentration camps, but anyone with a drop of blood of Japanese ancestry was forbidden to remain in the exclusion zone. We should remember and honor everyone who suffered from this unconstitutional violation of civil liberties, and vow to never let fear, hysteria and prejudice deprive anyone of life, liberty and equal protection under the law.”
In the following two Bainbridge Community Broadcasting podcasts, Islander Lilly Kodama remembers the exclusion of her family and talks about her brother, Dr. Frank Kitamoto, a 2002 recipient of the distinguished “Island Treasure” award, and Donna Harui, the third-generation owner of Bainbridge Gardens, talks about her family, including about their experiences of relocation during the war years.
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- Frank Kitamoto, 1939-2014, Bainbridge Oral Historian and Dentist
- Japanese American Bainbridge Islanders’ Incarceration Site Manzanar Then and Now
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- Japanese American Internment 70th Anniversary Photo Gallery
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- Photo of the Week: Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Ribbon Cutting
- Japanese American Exclusion: Nidoto Nai Yoni—Let It Not Happen Again
- Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Ribbon Cutting Video
- Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Dedication
Photo of Bainbridge Island Japanese Exclusion Memorial by Sarah Lane.