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 (2011)

Speaking out for personal justice

Editor(s): Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga and Marjorie Lee

Paperback - $35.00
ISBN-13: 978-0-934-05246-7

Product Details: 260 pages, 8.5 x 11 x .75 in

Categories: Activism; Asian American; Asian American Studies; Civil Rights; Internment; Japanese; Law & Politics; Primary Sources; War and Peace Issues

Co-published with the Civil Liberties and Public Education Fund


Edited by author, community activist and researcher Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga and AASC librarian archivist Marjorie Lee, Speaking Out for Personal Justice is a milestone resource and reference guide to the 789 oral testimonies presented before the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) at 20 hearing sessions in nine cities across the United States between July and November 1981.

The publication includes edited transcripts of CWRIC hearings with bibliographic references and registries.


Table of Contents


Acknowledgments, Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga
Remarks from CLPEF Board, Dale Minami, Board of Directors
History of the CLPEF, Dale Shimasaki, Executive Director
Forward, Don Nakanishi, Ph.D.
Towards Personal Justice, Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, Ann Matsushima
Constitutionality & Accountability, Phil Tajitsu Nash, Esq.
Educational Mandate, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Ph.D.

Understanding & Using SOPJ, Marjorie Lee

  • Scope: Domain, Selection, Organization, Arrangement, Related Acronyms and Abbreviations
  • Glossary of Japanese Terms in CWRIC Transcripts
  • SOPJ Terminology




1. Washington DC (Jul 14, 16, 1981; Nov. 2-3, 1981)
-- Jul 14, 1981
-- Jul 16, 1981
-- Nov 2, 1981
-- Nov 3, 1981

2. Los Angeles, CA (Aug 4, 5, 6, 1981)

3. San Francisco, CA (Aug 11, 12, 13, 1981)

4. Seattle, WA (Sep 9, 10, 11, 1981)

5. State of Alaska (Sep 15, 17, 19, 1981)
-- Anchorage, AK (Sep 15, 1981)
-- Unalaska, AK (Sep 17, 1981)
-- St. Paul, AK (Sep 19, 1981)

6. Chicago, IL (Sep 22, 23, 1981)

7. New York, NY (Nov 23, 1981)

II. CWRIC HEARINGS REGISTRY of Witnesses & Experts

A. Witnesses in Surname order
B. Witnesses by Hearing Site (in surname order)
C. Experts (by Meeting in presentation order)


III. SUMMARIES of CWRIC Post-Hearings Experts Meetings // Study

A. Supplement: CWRIC Post-Hearing Experts Meetings & Study
B. Attorneys & Legal Scholars (Cambridge, MA: Dec 9, 1981)
C. Behavioral & Social Scientists (Washington, D.C.: Dec 13-14, 1982)
D. CWRIC-Commissioned Study on Economic Losses (Jun 1983)


IV. Appendices

A. CLPEF Resolution regarding CWRIC Terminology
B. Apology Letters from U.S. Presidents Bush (1990) and Clinton (1993)
C. Chronology: WWII Incarceration, Redress Movement, and Restitution
D. Detention Facilities and Camps / Ann Matsushima

1) Notes on Sites and Maps
2) United States Map
3) Region 1: West & Southwest
4) Region 2: Pacific Northwest
5) Region 3: South & Southeast
6) Region 4: Midwest & Northeast
7) Region 5: Hawaii
8) Region 6: Alaska

E. Essay: "Japanese Americans and MAGIC" (reprint) / John A. Herzig


V. Recommended Reading & Additional Resources




Related Center Press Publications:

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).
Conrat, Maisie & Richard (1992). Executive Order 9066.
Higa, Karin (Ed.) (1992). Views from Within: The Japanese American Art from the Internment Camp, 1942 – 1945.
Ichioka, Yuji et al. (1974). A Buried Past: An Annotated Bibliography of the Japanese American Research Project Collection
Ichioka, Yuji & Aizuma, Eiichiro (1999). A Buried Past II: A Sequel to the Annotated Bibliography of the Japanese American Research Project Collection, 1973-1998 (1999).
Kochiyama, Yuri (2004). Passing It On: A Memoir.
Sakata, Yasuo (1992). Fading Footsteps of the Issei: An Annotated Checklist of the Manuscript Holdings of the Japanese American Research Project Collection.