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Crossroads in Nihonmachi (film)


A 2006 documentary film by Adrianne Anderson and Tony Sondag about the redevelopment struggle in San Francisco's Japantown. As in other cities on the West Coast, plans for urban renewal disproportionately affected ethnic minorities including Japanese Americans, destroying or diminishing historical Japantowns after World War II. The film traces the history of San Francisco's Nihonmachi, focusing on the eviction of Japanese American residents of San Francisco's Nihonmachi starting in the 1960s—drawing parallels with the 1942 eviction of Japanese Americans under Executive Order 9066 —and 1970s efforts by community members to halt evictions and preserve and reclaim the community and its history. The film covers the 100th anniversary celebration of the community in 2006, while also noting the continuing threats it faces.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

Might also like Forced Out: Internment and the Enduring Damage to California Cities and Towns (2003); From a Different Shore: An American Identity (1994); East of Occidental: The History of Seattle's Chinatown (1988)

Media Details
Release Date 2006
Runtime 55 minutes
Director Adrianne Anderson
Producer Adrianne Anderson
Starring Paul Osaki (interviewee), Bobby Okamura (interviewee), Mike Tsukahara (interviewee), Charlie Toyooka (interviewee), Don Tamaki (interviewee), Karen Kai (interviewee), Sumi Honnami (interviewee), Judy Hamaguchi (interviewee), George Yamasaki (interviewee), Mary Beth Pudup (interviewee), Mickey Imura (interviewee), David Erickson (interviewee), Shiz Seigel (interviewee), Scott Bullock (interviewee), Yayoi Tsukahara (interviewee), Helen Sause (interviewee), Judy Nihei (interviewee), Mas Ashizawa (interviewee), Kaz Nakamoto (interviewee), Bruce Oka (interviewee), Sue Shimamoto (interviewee), Hiko Shimamoto (interviewee), Steve Ishii (interviewee), Bobby Okamura (interviewee), Allen Okamoto (interviewee), Rev. Lloyd Wake (interviewee)
Cinematography Tony Sondag
Editing Adrianne Anderson
Studio Urban Voice: Sharing Stories of Social Justice
IMDB Link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1661200
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