Eji Suyama, 100th Bn/442nd RCT Draftees, No-Nos, Draft Resisters and Renunciants Archival Collection Endowment

UCLA Asian American Studies Center's Suyama Project aims to preserve the history of Japanese American resistance during World War II, including, but not limited to the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team draftees, Army and draft resisters, No-Nos, renunciants, and other Nikkei dissidents of World War II. The Suyama Project is made possible through the generous gift of an anonymous donor who wanted to honor and remember the legacy of resistance, broadly understood.

Community News


People with Courage

by George Nakano [January 18, 2016; Column]

  • The two people who come to mind that stood up against all odds in 1942 and put their political careers in jeopardy are Ralph Dills and John Shelley. Very little is known about what they did because they were never publicly recognized by the Japanese American community. It is shameful that they were never honored for their heroic deeds.


Mori Tanimoto, Part of Block 42 Protest at Tule Lake, Dies at 95

by Martha Nakagawa, Rafu Shimpo [November 3, 2015; Obituary]

  • Mamoru "Mori" Tanimoto, one of about 35 men from Block 42 at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center who had been arrested for refusing to register for the controversial loyalty questionnaire, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Nov. 3. He was 95.


Attorney, Civil Rights Advocate ‘Tex’ Nakumra Dies At 98

by Martha Nakagawa, Rafu Shimpo [September 7, 2015; Obituary]

  • Tetsujiro “Tex” Nakamura, a civil rights advocate who became involved in redevelopment issues in Little Tokyo after World War II and an attorney who worked closely with attorney Wayne Collins on the World War II Japanese American renunciation cases, the Tokyo Rose case and the Japanese Latin American cases, passed away on Sept. 7. He was 98.


From Little Rock to Tule Lake

by Martha Nakagawa, Rafu Shimpo [September 3, 2014; Article]

  • Among the participants of the 2014 Tule Lake Pilgrimage was Minnijean Brown-Trickey. She is one of what the media dubbed the Little Rock Nine, a group of African American students that desegregated the all-white Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957.


Collins: Renunciants Are ‘Unsung Heroes’

by Martha Nakagawa [August 25, 2014; Article]

  • Keynote speaker Wayne Merrill Collins, the son of civil rights lawyer Wayne Mortimer Collins, gave a rousing speech that concluded with a standing ovation and the entire audience bowing in honor of the father, who worked for more than two decades to restore United States citizenship to thousands of Japanese Americans who had renounced.