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Film: First to Go

Matsuno, M. (Director). (2017). First to Go: Story of the Kataoka Family [Video file]. New Day Films. Retrieved February 4, 2022, from Kanopy.

First to Go presents an intimate, inspirational, and emotional story of the impact traumatic events can have across generations. 

How to Watch?

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Books @ Skyline College Library

Executive Order 9066

Learn about Executive Order 9066 from the Japanese American National Museum and Smithsonian podcast series:

Remembering Resistance

This event has concluded, however you can read a summary here. - The Library Staff

During WWII, more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes. Many, including Bay Area college students, were never able to return.

This month marks the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 by our federal government. Let's connect for intergenerational sharing and discussion for racial solidarity.

We encourage you to reach out to our speakers with questions! 

Prof. Masao Suzuki  Prof. Arthur Takayama  Prof. Tadashi Tsuchida Prof. Rika Yonemura-Fabian

"Enemy Aliens" @ Sharp Park Detention Center

What do we know about the Sharp Park Detention Center in Pacifica (now the golf course)?

If you're interested in doing some research for a student project, please let me know and I'll be glad to support you. Jessica  <>. 

"Incarceration" or "Internment"?

The late renowned UCLA scholar Professor Lane Ryo Hirabayashi wrote about the language of confinement with respect to Japanese Americans. 

"As Aiko Herzig- Yoshinaga (2009) notes, terminology can be used to lie or clarify." In the book chapter below, Hirabayashi explains the language used by our government during this time in the context of its penal methodologies: 

"Both the Army and the WRA utilized a deceptive set of descriptors in order to soften the reality of their actions."

Read the full chapter on the language of incarceration below:   


"Campu tells the story of Japanese American incarceration like you’ve never heard it before. Follow along as brother-sister duo Noah and Hana Maruyama weave together the voices of survivors to spin narratives out of the seemingly mundane things that gave shape to the incarceration experience."

About this guide

In biology class, high school, Kiyo Yoshida, Lillian Wakatsuki, Yoshiko Yamasaki, Manzanar Relocation Center / Ansel Adams.

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Ansel Adams, photographer, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-A35-4-M-56]

This guide provides a snapshot of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II through film, books and stories as part of two local events: Wartime Resistance, a virtual discussion with Skyline College faculty of Japanese descent on Friday, February 25, and Confronting History, a series of virtual and onsite events hosted by three of our local public libraries during February.


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Better than Wikipedia!

The Densho Encyclopedia is a free online resource about the history of the Japanese American WWII exclusion and incarceration experience.

The Encyclopedia covers key concepts, people, events, and organizations that played a role in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The reviewed articles are written by a wide range of contributors, and are enhanced with photos, documents and video drawn from Densho's digital archives and other sources.