For 11 years I have been researching, photographing and interviewing the subjects of the War Relocation Authority photographers, Dorothea Lange, Clem Albers and Tom Parker were some who documented the forced removal of 120,000 ethnic Japanese Americans, 2/3 who were American citizens from the west coast of the United States during WWII.
Dr. Harvey Akio Itano, 85, sitting in his living room, helped discover the genetic cause of sickle cell anemia while working with Dr. Linus Pauling at Cal Tech in 1949.
Itano grew up in Sacramento, the son of a community leader who was considered an enemy alien and was interned at a Justice Department internment camp at Fort Lincoln, N.D.
In 1979, Itano was the first Japanese American elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
My traveling exhibition is “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Triumphing over Adversity Japanese American WWII Incarceration Reflections, Then and Now”
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