February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced “relocation" of 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes and into incarceration camps during WWII.
Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center. His belongings, his business – everything must be sold or left behind, except what he can carry in one large duffel bag.
Up against a wall, Koji receives only one low-ball offer for his store, which he has no choice but to accept. The lone bright spot during this turmoil is the friendship Koji develops with a precocious nine-year-old girl. On the day of his departure, however, Koji is saddened to learn that even this friendship has been tainted by the larger forces of fear and wartime hysteria.
Audio excerpts of oral histories from 20 Japanese Americans
Broadcast newsreel of the U.S. government from 1942
Images of several newspaper clippings and government documents
Video excerpts of interviews with 5 Japanese Americans
Jasmine Alinder, PhD
Eric Mamura Belter
Shane A. Haensgen
Margaret Louise Spiegel
Jasmine Alinder, PhD (Lead Advisor)
Megan Asaka, PhD
Rick Morimoto, PhD
Eric Muller, JD
Gary Okihiro, PhD
Ellen Wu, PhD