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Japanese-American Internment

Today is the somber anniversary of Executive Order 9066  (February 19, 1942) that led to the institutionalized, forced roundup (“mass migration” as mentioned in the film below) and detention of Japanese-American citizens. Marking the 75th anniversary, Russ Kick @ Memory Hole 2 created an accessible list from NARA records of the approximately 104,000 individuals sent to internment camps.



In honor of these individuals, I post a work begun in library school during the reparations and redress movement titled The Desert Years: An Annotated Bibliography of Japanese-American lnternment in Arizona and the United States during World War ll. The foreword is written by my mother-in-law Monica Itoi Sone, whose name appears on the roster with her siblings, parents, and future husband.

The Desert Years is mentioned in an online exhibition on internment camps in Arizona, but this is the first time the bibliography appears in digital format. I scanned two versions of the bibliography from a tightly bound issue and hope it serves as a memory tool.

The Desert Years (color scan) | The Desert Years (black/white scan)


Written by S.

February 20, 2017 at 12:08 am

A Well Kept Secret ~ United States Institute of Peace

As someone who holds the belief that information is central to deflation of conflict, I find the work of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) incredibly important. The USIP describes itself as “the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence.”  I won’t go into the history of USIP and its timeline in this post, but rather want to call attention to USIP’s timely newsletters published by its Centers and vast library on the subjects of peacebuilding, conflict, negotiation, mediation, and human rights.  USIP newsletters not only link to recent news circulating the Web, but provide USIP’s perspective of global affairs within the lens of conflict resolution.

Many USIP documents are on the Web but many live on shelves in print in gov docs sections of local libraries across the U.S. [SuDoc Y3]. One of my favorite titles, Networking Dissent Cyber-Activists Use the Internet to Promote Democracy in Burma illustrates forward thinking by the USIP in linking technology to peacekeeping in 2000, way before the West’s fascination with the use of social media in the Arab spring.  Revolutionary to say the least.