Relocation, Arkansas

Paul Takemoto grew up in Maryland. His mother and her parents had been imprisoned in one of the Arkansas camps, but he didn’t want to know the details. Paul was ashamed of his Japanese American heritage and deeply rebellious. Paul returns to Arkansas with one thought: what does what happened here mean to who I am? Paul is a man of powerful revelations: of his past, of his parents’ past, and what they mean to his self-identity. He grieves over lost time and years spent fighting a ghost he didn’t understand.

Richard Yada was born in the Rohwer Camp, and his family and several others refused to return to California, where violence against Japanese Americans still existed. Instead, they became sharecroppers in Arkansas. But a code of segregation in the rural South ruled every interaction. A person could be only one of two things: black or white. Where did these non-white, non-black newcomers fit in?

Mayor Rosalie Gould is a fearless woman whose deep Southern accent belies a fierce determination. She was a female mayor before there were such things. Some of her old friends and neighbors threatened her life. What about her was so terrible? She had the audacity to see the prisoners not as the enemy, but as Americans who had been wronged.

Relocation, Arkansas tells their unlikely stories. It raises the questions of race and identity, and what happens to a community that is shattered.

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