OSA Nisei Project
OSA Nisei Project
Office of Student Affairs & Wellness
Japanese-American internment was the relocation and internment by the United States government in 1942 of about 110,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese who lived along the Pacific coast of the United States to camps called "War Relocation Camps," in the wake of Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The internment of Japanese Americans was applied unequally throughout the United States.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which allowed local military commanders to designate "military areas" as "exclusion zones," from which "any or all persons may be excluded." This power was used to declare that all people of Japanese ancestry were excluded from the entire Pacific coast, including all of California and much of Oregon, Washington and Arizona, except for those in internment camps. In 1944, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the exclusion orders, while noting that the provisions that singled out people of Japanese ancestry were a separate issue outside the scope of the proceedings. In 1988, Congress passed and President Ronald Reagan signed legislation which apologized for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government. The legislation said that government actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership".
Nisei is a Japanese language term used in countries in North America, South America and Australia to specify the children born to Japanese people in the new country.The Nisei are considered the second generation; and the grandchildren of the Japanese-born immigrants are called Sansei.
Nisei at CCSF
Thanks to the facilitation and perseverance of former CCSF employees Martha Lucy and Dean Rod Santos, City College of San Francisco is proud to be part of the California Nisei College Diploma Project (CA Nisei Project). The CA Nisei Project provides support for Assembly Bill 37, authored by Assemblymember Warren Furutani that bestows honorary college degrees to American citizens of Japanese ancestry - or a surviving family member - who were forced to leave their college studies and relocate to internment camps during World War II. The CA Nisei Project estimates that at least 2,500 former students are eligible, including students at the University of California, California State University, and Community College systems.
First Nisei Project Honorary Degree Recipient in the state of California was honored here at CCSF.
Ms. Kimiko Yamaguma, 2009
Links of Interest
If you have questions regarding the Nisei project please contact our office or CCSF Nisei Project coordinator Ms. Kitty Moriwaki at 415-239-3752.