Show Notes: Executive Order 9066, Part 1

Tracy Wilson

An Oakland, California, grocery store bears a 'SOLD' sign as well as one proclaiming the patriotic loyalty of its owner. The Japanese American owner of the shop put up his 'I Am An American' sign the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soon afterward, the government shut down the shop and relocated its owner to a concentration camp, along with thousands of other Japanese Americans. Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

After spending more than three years on our episode short list, Executive Order 9066 and the incarceration of Japanese Americans that followed it are finally making their podcast appearance, thanks to the upcoming 75th anniversary of the order's signing on February 19. Although it made no specific mention of ancestry or nation of origin, Executive Order 9066 paved the way for the mass removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. In today's episode, we talk about the history of Japanese immigration to the United States and how the bombing of Pearl Harbor led to massive anti-Japanese prejudice and panic.

Our listener mail is from Emily, whose email was echoed in a conversation I had later with listener Margaret on Twitter. It's about Edmonia Lewis and queer art history.

The previous podcast series we mentioned in this episode were on Hawaii (two related podcasts by prior hosts plus a more recent one from Holly and me) and redlining.

Episode link: Executive Order 9066 and Japanese Internments, Part 1

My research:

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