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Nancy Ukai

Nancy Ukai is based in Berkeley, California. She is is director of 50 Objects/Stories: The American Japanese Incarceration, a digital project funded in part by a National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grant that examines the incarceration of Japanese Americans through 50 artifacts. She also works with Tsuru for Solidarity, a grassroots group of Japanese American activists working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies. Her family members were incarcerated at Tanforan, California, and Topaz, Utah. Her grandfather took a box of eucalyptus leaves. Rev. Kimura never retrieved his sutras.

What They Carried When the Japanese American Incarceration Camps Closed

The closing of the World War II camps marks its seventy-sixth anniversary in 2021.

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