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The Japanese Internment Legacy, 70 Years Later

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066.  It authorized moving Japanese and Japanese Americans into internment camps.  People were rounded up and led away from their homes, farms, businesses, and friends.  That was 70 years ago.  We look back at the signing of that order, what it meant for the Japanese families and how they're preserving that history today.  We talk with internment camp survivors, and a Japanese man who served for the 442nd regiment during WWII - a well-decorated regiment made up of all Japanese American soldiers, who served even while their friends and relatives were being interned.
 
GUESTS
Rosie Kakuuchi, Manzanar internee
Taeko Joanne Iritani, Poston internee & author, "10 Visits"
Col. Arthur Nishimoto, 442nd Regiment
Alisa Lynch, Chief of Interpretation, Manzanar National Historic Site

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