During WWII, my family was incarcerated because of their Japanese heritage. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an unconstitutional use of power, signed Executive Order 9066 indiscriminately incarcerating Japanese Americans. In many cases, families were separated. Even those who were able to be imprisoned together suffered emotionally, physically, and economically.
Now I see others just like my Bachan and our family, who are being demonized and separated from their families. Recent accounts of children being taken from from parents at the U.S. / Mexico border break my heart and inspire me to speak out through art. Using documentation of the WWII incarceration to compare today and the past, I stand firm with immigrants in Never Again is Now!
Family Incarceration: Never Again is Now was originally produced as a billboard in Nampa, Idaho, not far from the sites where Japanese-Americans were incarcerated during WWII.