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Chapter 1: Prologue and Chapter 8: Epilogue: Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment


Eric K. Yamamoto


University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law

Margaret Chon


Seattle University School of Law

Carol L. Izumi


University of California Hastings College of the Law

Jerry Kang


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Frank H. Wu


University of California Hastings College of the Law

May 10, 2013

Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment (2nd. ed.), Wolters, Kluwer Law & Business (2013)
UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 13-23
Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 13-13
UC Hastings Research Paper No. 76

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"Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment," is the first comprehensive course book that provides critical examination of the Asian-American legal experience. It analyzes the legal, social, and ethical ramifications of the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II as well as their successful reparations movement of the 1980s. Appropriate for a diverse set of law school and non-legal courses, it supplements carefully contextualized case law and social policies with dramatic oral histories, essays, commentary, and photographs sure to stimulate class discussion. This book is also designed as a research guide for policy-makers and scholars.

The Second Edition represents a substantial revision of the original course book. Several new chapters expressly link the Japanese-American internment cases and redress to the civil liberties and national security issues raised post-9/11, making Asian-American legal history even more relevant to significant contemporary controversies. Other key updates to First Edition material include an even more comprehensive Overview Chapter and the addition of recent scholarly and judicial treatment of the World War II and coram nobis internment cases.

Features: The only course book that covers Asian-American legal history and reparations; Accessible, multidisciplinary approach appeals to scholars, students, and instructors of ethnic studies, history, sociology, as well as law and legal studies; Contextualizes internment and reparations to facilitate understanding of what happened and why, including an overview chapter with key details and timelines; Examines how social policy and politics both enabled and constrained legal decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court; Discusses "headline" topics, such as redress for governmental misconduct and the national security implications of the Japanese-American experience; Provocative oral histories, litigation documents, photographs, essays, and commentary that enrich class discussion of judicial decisions; Flexible, modular organization accommodates the focus and interests of different courses and instructors; Authors’ website provides updates and additional information.

The First Edition of this text was funded in part by a grant from the United States Congress as part of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which created an educational fund as part of the redress for interning Japanese Americans during World War II.

The Second Edition revision was funded in part by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP), a State-funded grant project administered by the California State Library. Through the CCLPEP's generosity, two full chapters are publicly available and included in this SSRN download: "Chapter 1. Prologue: Willed Concealing, Forgetting, Remembering, and Repairing," and "Chapter 8. Epilogue: "Watchful Care Over the Loaded Weapon."

Number of Pages in PDF File: 69

Keywords: civil liberties, Hirabayashi, incarceration, internment, Japanese American, Korematsu, national security, removal, reparations, Yasui, 9/11

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Date posted: June 27, 2013 ; Last revised: February 4, 2014

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Yamamoto, Eric K. and Chon, Margaret and Izumi, Carol L. and Kang, Jerry and Wu, Frank H., Chapter 1: Prologue and Chapter 8: Epilogue: Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment (May 10, 2013). Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment (2nd. ed.), Wolters, Kluwer Law & Business (2013); UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 13-23; Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 13-13; UC Hastings Research Paper No. 76. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2285830

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Eric K. Yamamoto
University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
United States
(808) 956-6548 (Phone)
(808)956-6402 (Fax)
Margaret Chon
Seattle University School of Law ( email )
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

Carol L. Izumi
University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

Jerry Kang (Contact Author)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )
385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States
310-206-7298 (Phone)
310-206-7010 (Fax)
Frank H. Wu
University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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