Category Archives: Berkeley Workshop

  1. A Sleepy Lagoon and A Lake in Tanforan Racetrack Assembly Center

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Kazuko Iwahashi A popular song in 1941-42, “Sleepy Lagoon,” was originally written in 1930 as an instrumental work by a …
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  2. A Tale of Three White Houses

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Kazue Nakahara I grew up in a white house in Lake City, a white middle-class neighborhood in the northeast …
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  3. Freedom Prison Home

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Arthur Mayeno Authors’ Note: In 2005, Arthur Mayeno wrote and illustrated the story of his childhood and adolescence because …
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  4. Freedom Prison Home – Epilogue

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Laurin Mayeno Author’s Note: Laurin Mayeno wrote this piece as a tribute to her father and a continuation of …
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  5. Knock. Knock.

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Ron Sonoda Early evening, after sunset   Knock.  Knock. Daddy, somebody go stay knock on door. Knock.  Knock. Knock.  …
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  6. Upside Down Jar

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Lorraine Sonoda Is this jar from Tule Lake, my birth place? Chenille flowers with smallest seashells. Mom, newlywed when …
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  7. Nine Bullets in the Back

    September 13, 2014 by Admin

    By Toru Saito It’s late. It’s past midnight. Out of the pitch black, a heavy, star-laden sky presses down on …
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In the aftermath of World War II, more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry – roughly two-thirds of whom were American citizens – were released from forced imprisonment in U.S. concentration camps. But released to return where, after being taken from their homes along the West Coast? When they were finally allowed to leave the internment camps, they faced a new challenge: How do you resume a life so interrupted.