Reparations and regret: a look at Japanese internment
By Kate Pais
Twenty-five years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave $20,000 to each Japanese-American who was imprisoned in an internment camp during World War II. Though difficult to imagine, the American government created several camps in the United States and the Philippines to lock away Japanese Americans under the guise of concern for their safety. We offer a brief slideshow of images from the time when thousands of people who were forcibly moved to camps, and the eventual response to this tragic grievance.
Kate Pais joined Oxford University Press in April 2013. She works as a marketing assistant for the history, religion and theology, and bibles lists. If you’re interested in the history of Japanese Americans, learn more in Eiichiro Azuma’s Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America.