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Japanese American Incarceration and Internment During WWII

UCLA Film & Television Archive holds a number of materials relevant to the study of the incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. From Hearst newsreels to documentaries and motion pictures, the holdings (from various sources) offer points of view from the American news media of the 1940s, the U.S. War Department and the testimony of U.S. concentration camp inmates.

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A note on terminology:

The National Park Service (NPS) has produced a website to promote a better understanding of the way language and official terminology, including words such as, "internment" and "evacuation" have been used to represent, or misrepresent, the wartime experience of Japanese Americans. The NPS site offers links to scholarly texts and formal findings by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) that examine what words accurately describe the experience of Japanese Americans and persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Power of Words Handbook: A Guide to Language About Japanese Americans in World War II: Understanding Euphemisms and Preferred Terminology

Produced by the Japanese American Citizens League, the 14-page Power of Words Handbook includes sections on recommended terminology, misleading euphemisms, and brief Japanese American history. It also includes historical photos and extensive references.

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