The Japanese American Civil Liberties Collection

Various Artists
Education Level
Higher Education

L.A. Theatre Works presents four plays about the Japanese American experience during and after World War II.

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This collection is sponsored in part by the California Civil Liberties Program from the California State Library.


For Us All

By: Jeanne Sakata
Directed by: Anna Lyse Erikson
Starring: Edward AsnerBrooke IshibashiTess LinaMike McShaneDerek MioJoy OsmanskiJeanne SakataAndré SogliuzzoJosh StambergGreg WatanabePaul Yen

A team of lawyers uses a little-known legal writ to fight and overturn the conviction of Fred Korematsu, unjustly sentenced for resisting the WWII mass incarceration of all Japanese Americans on the West Coast. 

Includes a conversation with playwright Jeanne Sakata and four of the attorneys from the Korematsu v. United States case: Lori Bannai, Peter Irons, Dale Minami and Don Tamaki. 


Hold These Truths

By: Jeanne Sakata
Directed by: Jessica Kubzansky
Starring: Ryun Yu as Gordon Hirabayashi

During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government's orders to forcibly remove and incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.

 Includes an interview with playwright Jeanne Sakata. 


No-No Boy

By: Ken Narasaki
Based on the Novel by: John Okada
Directed by: Anna Lyse Erikson
Starring: Kurt KanazawaEmily KurodaJohn MiyasakiKen Narasaki,  Sharon OmiJoy OsmanskiSab ShimonoGreg WatanabePaul Yen

After being imprisoned during WWII for resisting the draft, Ichiro returns home to Seattle, and is forced to come to terms with both his past and his future.


Sisters Matsumoto

By: Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by: Tim Dang
Starring: Keiko AgenaJune AngelaRon BottittaKurt Kanazawa,  Suzy NakamuraGreg WatanabeRyun Yu

Stockton, California 1945. Three Japanese-American sisters return to their farm after years in an internment camp, but the once prosperous family finds it’s not easy to pick up the pieces of their former lives.

Includes a post-play discussion with actor George Takei, playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, and director Tim Dang.



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