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Democracy Under Pressure: Japanese Americans and World War II (film)


Documentary film on the wartime experience of Japanese Americans from the San Diego area, including their exclusion and subsequent incarceration at Santa Anita Assembly Center and Poston , as well as their return home. The story is told through the eyes of former inmates Ruth Takahashi Voorhies (born 1923) and Ben Segawa (born 1930), along with historian Don Estes.

The video was produced and distributed by the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego and funded by grants from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the National Japanese American Citizens League Legacy Fund Grants Program. Developed specifically for classroom use, the film comes with a teachers' guide. Produced in 2000, the 27-minute film was directed by Jeffrey S. Betts.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like Chrysanthemums and Salt (1994); Passing Poston: An American Story (2008); The Merced Assembly Center: Injustice Immortalized (2012);

Media Details
Release Date 2000
Runtime 27 minutes
Director Jeffrey S. Betts
Producer Debra Kodama
Writer Debra Kodama
Narrator Maya Nishikawa
Starring Don Estes (interviewee), Ruth Takahashi Voorhies (interviewee), Ben Segawa (interviewee)
Music Larry Groupé
Cinematography Michael Griffith
Editing Jeffrey S. Betts
Studio Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
For More Information

For More Information

" JAHSSD: Highlights of Our First 15 Years ." Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego website.