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When Can We Go Back to America?

Voices of Japanese American Incarceration During World War II

Foreword by Norman Y. Mineta

From Susan H. Kamei comes a powerful new book that explains the Japanese American incarceration during World War II from the perspective of the young people affected.

It’s difficult to believe it happened here, in the Land of the Free: After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States government forcibly removed more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the Pacific Coast and imprisoned them in desolate detention camps until the end of World War II just because of their race.

In this landmark book, the voices of those who lived through this harrowing experience tell the story of their incarceration and the long-term impact of this dark period in American history. For the first time, the words of those who were unconstitutionally incarcerated, many of them children and young adults at the time, are interwoven with explanations of why and how these tragic events took place.

Now, more than ever, this book is needed for all who care about what it means to be an American.

Susan H. Kamei received her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. She teaches at the University of Southern California on the legal ramifications of the incarceration of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II and how they apply to constitutional issues, civil liberties, and national security considerations today.