Tho repeating a couple photos from earlier postings, this includes ALL the photos taken at Portland’s Japanese-American Historical Plaza.
For those of you who may have missed it.
World War II opened in the USA with an attack on Pearl Harbor Oahu/Hawaii by Japanese air forces. Shortly after a formal Declaration of War was signed, another bill ripped Japanese-Americans from our Constitutional Bill of Rights. Along America’s West Coast, Japanese (some citizens; some not) were dispossessed of clothing, furnishings, homes and businesses without due recourse to law.
They were moved, forcibly, to internment camps miles away from America’s west coast and miles away from their communities. In many cases, families were forced to “divide” and go to different “camps”.
The almost penultimate irony of this sad state was that (even tho they were allowed only to fight in the European war zone) a Japanese-American 44th Regiment because WW II’s most decorated single unit.
Portland’s “plaza” poems offer an object of “conscience” to remind us of this past, and also warn us about the future.