Detroit History Podcast: 'No-No Boy' and the Japanese from World War II Internment Camps Who Came to Detroit

November 07, 2021, 10:21 PM

Barely two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order #9066. Some 120,000 Japanese Americans in Western states were ordered into internment camps.
We report on the order and the post-war period. When the camps were finally emptied out after the war, some 1,000 internees came to Detroit. We talk with curators of the Detroit Historical Museum's "Exiled to Motown" exhibit. And scholar Frank Abe tells the story of John Okada, who came to work at the Detroit Public Library while writing "No-No Boy," considered by many to be the great American novel about the event.
-- Tim Kiska of the Detroit History Podcast

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