NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations (2018)


Press: UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press

Author: Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Editors: Lane Hirabayshi, Richard Katsuda, Suzy Katsuda, Kathy Masaoka, Kay Ochi, Janice Iwanaga Yen

Contributors: Guy Aoki, Bob Bratt, Reginald Chun, Esq., Gary Fujimoto, Ayako Hagihara, June Hibino, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Edna Horiuchi, Janice Nabara Huey, Miya Iwataki, Richard Katsuda, Suzy Katsuda, traci kato kiriyama, Glen Ikuo Kitayama, June Kizu, Haru Kuromiya, G. Akito Maehara, Sandy Maeshiro, Kathy Nishimoto Masaoka, Jim Matsuoka, Steve Nagano, Patty Ito Nagano, Lucille Nakahara, Bert Nakano, Lillian Nakano, Roy Nakano, Takeshi Nakayama, Reiko Nimura, Alan Nishio, Kay Ochi, Tony Osumi, John Ota, Merilynne Quon, Yasuko Sakamoto, Duane Inouye Sanchez, Gerald Sato, Fumiko Ishii Shimada, Sharon Tanihara, Robert Toji, Kumiko Tsuchida, JK Yamamoto, Michael Yanagita, Janice Iwanaga Yen, Evelyn Yoshimura
ISBN: 978-0-934052-51-1

Product Details: Softcover, 400 pages, 8 x11 x 1 in.

Categories: Activism, Asian American, Asian American Studies, Civil Rights, Ethnic Studies, Human Rights, Primary Sources, Japanesee

Price: $30.00 USD


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The most significant 20th century campaign carried out by Nikkei, or people of Japanese ancestry, was the quest for redress (an apology) and reparations (monetary compensation) for the 1942 mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. The National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (NCRR) was at the forefront of the community's grassroots movement for redress, which culminated in the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. This book is the first comprehensive account of NCRR's roots, history, and continuing impact over four decades. Key aspects of NCRR's campaign including outreach, orchestrating "Day of Remembrance" events, political alliance building, petitioning Congress, challenging redress denials, and promoting community activism, are all covered here.

NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations is also an innovative ethnobiography written by NCRR's participants that explains why so many people, from all walks of life, gave their time, energy, creative ideas, and moral support to the organization. It was precisely the struggle for redress that enabled the members of NCRR to fashion a revitalized sense of ethnic community and identity leading to collective empowerment, even as NCRR's members strove to reach out in solidarity to other communities that also suffered damages at the hands of their own government.



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Conrat, Maisie & Richard (1992). Executive Order 9066.

Herzig-Yoshinaga, Aiko and Marjorie Lee (Eds.) (2011). Speaking Out for Personal Justice: Site Summaries of Testimonies and Witnesses Registry from the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation & Internment of Civilians Hearings (CWRIC), 1981.

Higa, Karin (Ed.) (1992). Views from Within: The Japanese American Art from the Internment Camp, 1942-1945.

Kochiyama, Yuri (2004). Passing It On: A Memoir.

Amerasia Journal 13:2 Japanese Americans in the 1930s and 1940s (1986-7).
Amerasia Journal 19:1 Japanese American Internment: Fiftieth Anniversary Commemorative Issue (1993).
Amerasia Journal 42:1 Carceral States (2016).