Honoring the 125,284 Japanese Americans imprisoned in WWII
The big picture: The book lists the 125,284 Japanese Americans incarcerated at internment camps during World War II and will be on display at the Japanese American National Museum for the next year.
- The full list of names is also available as an online archive.
Why it matters: It is the first comprehensive list of the tens of thousands of Americans imprisoned for their Japanese heritage at one of the 75 sites across the country, including one at the Homestead resort in Hot Springs.
- The book is more than 1,000 pages long and weighs 25 pounds, in part because soil collected from all 75 sites is embedded into its fabric.
Driving the news: No one knows for sure how many Virginians were interred in the camps, but through the book and the accompanying project, there's hope that will change, Emma Ito, director of education at Virginia Humanities, tells Axios.
- Ito attended the event along with Richmonder Regina Boone, whose yearslong effort to find out what happened to her Japanesse-born grandfather was chronicled in a documentary in 2020.
Details: Ito, who wrote her master's thesis on the Japanese experience in Virginia, attended the unveiling as a representative for the roughly two dozen Japanese-born people held at the Homestead, who were mostly diplomats sent from D.C.
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