Audio and Video

This section highlights selected audiovisual materials digitized through the Voices in Confinement: A Digital Archive of Japanese-American Internees grant project funded by the National Park Service and from the California Audiovisual Preservation Project.

Japanese Relocation, 1943

Japanese Relocation, 1943, Motion Picture 94 B

How 100,000 Japanese were moved in 1942 from the Pacific coast and released in settlements in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming.

Gate Closing at Topaz, Utah (Central Utah Relocation Center)

Gate Closing at Topaz, Utah (Central Utah Relocation Center) 10/31/1945, Motion Picture 95 A

From the Japanese War Relocation records.

Suspicious People

Suspicious People, Motion Picture 969 D

Japanese Americans describe their civilian internment and service in Japanese-only U.S. Army units and military intelligence during World War II.

Audio Clips

 Concentration Camps, U.S.A.: a tribute to the past and the present, 1974, Phonotape 829 C

Forum on Japanese-American relocation, held at the Buddhist Church, San Francisco, Calif. Includes speeches and songs.

 Lynn Thomas interviews concerning the Japanese Assembly Center at the Santa Anita Race Track, 1942, Phonotape 1002 C

Contains interviews on the Santa Anita Race Track (Arcadia, Calif.) in 1942. Santa Anita was the largest and the longest-occupied of the temporary WCCA camps.

 International Labor Defense, the ACLU and left-wing politics, Elaine Black Yoneda interview, 1970, Phonotape 1468 A

Interview concerns Japanese-American relocation and Earl Warren as District Attorney of Alameda County, Ca.

 Working for youth and social justice: the YMCA, the University of California, and the Stulsaft Foundation: Yori Wada, 1990, Phonotape 2641 C

Yori Wada discusses his childhood in Hanford, Calif.; his student years at the University of California, Berkeley; experiences as a Japanese American during World War II; career with the YMCA and with the Booker T. Washington Center; neighborhood, civic and political activities, 1947-1988; his time as a University of California Regent, 1980-1992.

 Oral history interview with Brieuc Bouche, 1991, Phonotape 2771 C

Bouche taught industrial arts in the high school at Manzanar, a relocation camp for Japanese Americans in Owens Valley, California, during World War II. In his interview he covers the living and teaching conditions at the Manzanar Relocation Camp, including mentions of Ralph Merritt, the camp director, and Ansel Adams, the official camp photographer.

 Art, competence and citywide cooperation for San Francisco: Ruth Asawa, 1974 and 1976, Phonotape 2595 A; Phonotape 2596 C

Artist Ruth Asawa discusses growing up in California in Japanese household; her parents' farm; internment during World War II; study of art; her career as an artist; community involvement, particularly in public school art programs; service on city and state art commissions and panels.

 Japanese-American Relocation Reviewed, 1969-1973, Phonotape 1047 A; Phonotape 3014 C

Interviews with individuals primarily in the federal and state government, involved in the evacuation of Japanese-Americans from California during World War II. Interviews conducted in 1969-1973 by Rosemary Levenson, Amelia Fry and Miriam F. Stein for the Regional Oral History Office, the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

 Kazue Togasaki interview on her life in Japanese American relocation centers and her medical career, 1974, Phonotape 466 C

Dr. Kazue Togasaki was one of the few physicians allowed to practice medicine during the forced internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Interview conducted by Sandra Waugh and Eric Leong for the Combined Asian American Resources Project.

 Misao Sakamoto interview on the career of her husband, James Sakamoto, in Seattle, Wash., 1971, Phonotape 439 C

Citizens' League. Interview conducted by Frank Chin for the Combined Asian American Resources Project, 1971 July 23.

 Kozo Ishimatsu interview on his experiences in Japanese American relocation centers, Phonotape 467 C

Interview conducted by Mark Izu and Chris Wong for the Combined Asian American Resources Project, [19--]

 Through innocent eyes: life in Poston, Arizona Internment Camp, 1942-1943 / introduction by George Takei., Phonotape 2438 C

A collection of poetry and stories written by second generation Japanese-American youths, the Nisei, confined to internment camps during World War II.