Order 9066

Order 9066

By APM Reports & The Smithsonian

Order 9066 chronicles the history of the WWII Japanese American Incarceration through vivid, first-person accounts of those who lived through it. The series explores how this shocking violation of American democracy came to pass, and its legacy in the present.


Chapter 8: Seeking Redress

Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War Two demand that the federal government take account of their suffering and make reparations.
02/07/1834m 49s

Chapter 7: Leaving Camp

At the end of 1944, the U.S. government lifted the order barring people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. Many people freed from camp faced racism and poverty as they tried to rebuild their lives. Some found that leaving camp was even harder than being sent there.
25/06/1832m 31s

Childhood at Heart Mountain

Two men who were imprisoned at Heart Mountain as boys remember their time in camp and how the experience shaped them as adults.
18/06/1815m 5s

Chapter 6: Resistance

The Japanese Americans who protested their incarceration and defied the pressure to prove their patriotism.
11/06/1836m 22s

Objects of Incarceration

A handmade pin tells an improbable love story from camp.
04/06/1810m 1s

Chapter 5: Fighting for Freedom

More than 33,000 Japanese American men and women served in World War II. They fought as soldiers in Europe, and as translators in the Pacific.
28/05/1834m 9s

Chapter 4: Gaman - Making Do

It was a time to persevere in the face of the unendurable, and to do so with dignity. The Japanese term for that is Gaman.
03/04/1829m 40s

Music on Heart Mountain

Kishi Bashi, the renowned alt-rock musician, has been improvising music in places connected to the Japanese American incarceration. That includes the top of Heart Mountain, in Wyoming. Hear Kishi Bashi climb the mountain and perform a song that is part of his "songfilm" project, Omoiyari.
26/03/1812m 37s

Chapter 3: Prison Cities

In the first months of incarceration, Japanese Americans were hit with the humiliating conditions of camp life. The U.S. government denied that people of Japanese ancestry living in the "assembly centers" were prisoners, but the first summer in these camps proved otherwise.
19/03/1825m 44s

Songs of Incarceration

Musicians Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama perform songs about the incarceration in a former barrack at Heart Mountain in Wyoming. With a special appearance from Kishi Bashi.
12/03/1817m 15s

Chapter 2: The Order

After Pearl Harbor, pressure grew to forcibly relocate all persons of Japanese ancestry from the Pacific coast. This episode tells the story behind FDR's decision to sign Order 9066, and Japanese Americans recall the painful process of leaving their lives and belongings -- and even their family pets -- behind.
05/03/1823m 29s

Sab Shimono Remembers 'Camp'

Order 9066 co-host Sab Shimono's family was incarcerated during WWII. He shares childhood memories of living behind barbed wire.
26/02/1815m 49s

Chapter 1: The Roundup

Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Hours later, the FBI began rounding up people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. This episode explores the history of anti-Asian prejudice in the United States that laid the groundwork for an assault on Japanese American communities after Pearl Harbor. Narrated by veteran actor Sab Shimono.
19/02/1821m 11s

Preview: Order 9066

First episode: Monday, Feb. 19.
12/02/183m 36s
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