NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 23, 1983
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(Studio) Congress commission thought recommending financial compensation to surviving Japanese- Americans interned by United States government during World War II.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Long-term psychological impact of internment on American citizens such as Ray Yasui and family of Hood River (OR) following Pearl Harbor examined. [Ray YASUI and wife - recall bombing and later reaction.] Films of Pearl Harbor and World War II newsreels shown. [Former assistant attorney general James ROWE - thinks racism was hysteria.] Franklin Roosevelt's order for internment of Japanese-Americans recalled; prison art of camps shown. [YASUI - describes internment camp.] American Legion noted erasing names of Japanese American soldiers who died in war; pols. behind Roosevelt's release of prisoners noted. [YASUI - recalls hostility to him after release; praises current community.]
REPORTER: John Hart