“Good Luck Soup” Showcases Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Experience

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Last year, I blogged about “Good Luck Soup“, a film and transmedia project seeking crowd-sourced funding. I’m delighted to hear today from project founder Matthew Hashiguchi that after raising over $15,000 from the community, “Good Luck Soup” is now live at GoodLuckSoup.com.

The project’s name comes from “a traditional Japanese soup containing a variety of mochi, vegetables, and seafood that is served with friends and family every Oshogatsu, or New Years Day, to ensure a year of prosperity and good fortune”. “Good Luck Soup” seeks to create a digital version of good luck soup by collecting and documenting the Japanese American and Japanese Canadian experience before, during, and after World War II for future preservation and inspiration.

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#DayofRemembrance 2015: a visual tour

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So, over the last week, some stuff happened between some important Asian American personalities. And I wrote some (long) stuff about it.

That stuff is not actually the stuff I wanted to write about today. Today, I wanted to write about today’s Day of Remembrance: 73 years ago today, Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Executive Order 9066 authorized the eventual round-up and forcible incarceration of Japanese Americans — based solely on their racial similarity to citizens of a country with whom we were at war — in the nation’s largest coordinated concentration camp effort (learn more about the JACL’s 2010 resolution and campaign to target the words we use to refer to this period in our history).

Japanese Americans — American citizens by birthright — were imprisoned under grueling and inhumane conditions in repurposed racing tracks and stadiums, and later in the middle of the desert. These Japanese Americans and their foreign-born parents (who were denied the right to naturalize as Americans based also on their race) were treated with suspicion of disloyalty. Their possessions were stolen. Children grew up under gunpoint.

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#DayofRemembrance: 12 images of anti-Japanese xenophobia from the 1940’s (and earlier)

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72 years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which established military zones in the West Coast, eventually empowering the government to round-up and forcibly intern Japanese Americans during  World War II in one of this government’s worst examples of mass violation of American civil rights. 

To remember this second day that should also live on in infamy (lest we forget the crimes and horrors that were conducted in the name of racism), here are 12 images that capture the anti-Japanese xenophobia and hatred of the era, that helped compel and support the signing of E.O. 9066.

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