Washington, DC (PressExposure) November 04, 2014 -- A new book about Japanese Americans has been released in November 2014. The book by S. Floyd Mori is entitled: The Japanese American Story As Told Through a Collection of Speeches and Articles.
The incarceration of Japanese Americans and immigrants from Japan into "American concentration camps" during World War II is a story which is not well known. Many people have never heard of it or know little about the experience when the Constitution did not protect 120,000 people who had done no wrong. They were falsely imprisoned for no reason other than their ethnic heritage. It was later determined that the undue incarceration occurred because of racial prejudice, war hysteria, and the failure of political leadership at that time. It has been deemed to have been an act which was unconstitutional, unnecessary, and especially cruel.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which gave the military commander the authority to remove any persons from designated areas. The order was used only in the Western Defense Command to force people of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes on the West Coast of the continental United States. They were incarcerated in camps which were hastily constructed in remote and desolate areas of the country. Most lost everything they had possessed, including their homes, jobs, savings, belongings, pets, friends, freedom, and dignity.
The people of Japanese heritage were forcibly evacuated from their homes and at first put into temporary illegal detention centers before the camps were built. These were at racetracks or fairgrounds where horse stalls became home until the camps were ready for occupancy. Most were imprisoned for the duration of the war. The majority of those incarcerated were American citizens who had been born in the United States of America.
S. Floyd Mori is an American, born and raised in Utah, with Japanese immigrant parents. He is currently the President/CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in Washington, D.C. He has been the National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization, and also served as the JACL National President. He has been asked numerous times to speak to various groups where he has told the story of Japanese Americans, other Asian Americans, and the JACL. Some of the speeches as well as articles which he has written have been compiled into a book which attempts to help tell the story of Japanese Americans and their incarceration during World War II so that no one will ever again have to endure such a travesty of justice in this country.