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Congressman Mike Honda Transcript

Conducted by Samuel Redman in 2012, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2015.

Photo of Congressman Mike Honda

Mike Honda currently serves as Democratic Congressman for the 15th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was born June 27, 1941, six months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In his interview he describes the early lives of his parents, both Nisei from California, and their meeting for the first time while being educated in Japan. In addition, Honda recalls the stories from his father about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. His father would later serve in the Military Intelligence Service during the war. In the mid-1970’s, Honda would become one of the key individuals involved in the Redress Movement. This movement, which sought redress from the United States Government for civil rights violations against Japanese Americans during World War II, eventually led to the creation of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians in 1980 and the signing of the Civil Liberties Act by President Reagan in 1988.


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