Japanese Internment

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The Panama Hotel plays an important part of Seattle's Japanese American history. The current owner hopes that will be preserved.

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Tom Ikeda of Densho objects to using the World War II policy of Japanese American incarceration camps to justify today's climate of fear against Muslims.

At the Wing Luke Museum last month, Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda’s reflection is seen in a display of historical images from the region. Ikeda talked about the Japanese American legacy project. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

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Densho, a Seattle nonprofit, is sharing hundreds of oral histories and other information about Japanese Americans imprisoned during WWII in a searchable database.

Ryun Yu portrays Gordon Hirabayashi. (Photo by Michael Lamont)

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Biographical play "Hold These Truths" depicting Gordon Hirabayashi's fight for civil rights sees a big sophomore year at Seattle's ACT Theatre.

Two children in the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, where most Japanese Americans from Washington were send. (Photo courtesy of the Wing Luke Asian Museum, the Hatate Collection)

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Densho received two of the 20 grants issued nationally to help preserve the history of Japanese American internment during World War II.

Japanese Americans walk down the Bainbridge Islan ferry dock to catch a special ferry to Seattle for mass removal in 1942. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of History & Industry)

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Internet sensation and internment survivor George Takei will have one more thing to celebrate when he comes to town to lead the Seattle Pride...

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In 1942, in a fervor of wartime paranoia, President Roosevelt ordered Japanese-Americans into internment camps for the duration of WWII. The internment had an especially large...