The Journal of Historical Review


California Subsidizes Japanese-American Museum

In a 180-degree turnaround, Gov. George Deukmejian has signed a bill authorizing a $750,000 grant for a Japanese-American history museum planned for an historic Buddhist temple in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Only a few months ago, Deukmejian had cut the $750,000 grant from the state budget.

The bill, authored by State Senator Art Torres (D-South Pasadena), will give the money to Los Angeles if the City raises at least $1 million in matching funds. The Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency is expected to provide the necessary $1 million in "redevelopment funds."

"There needs to be a constant reminder of the sometimes illogical actions of government," said Torres, alluding to the "internment" of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

According to Bruce Kaji, president of the Japanese-American National Museum Foundation, the museum will show "the experiences of a minority group that has gone through normal immigration and adjustments . . . but also suffered civil injustices during World War II." Kaji has said, "It will also serve as a conscience of America, so such things do not happen again."

The museum will include exhibits of Japanese-American contributions to agriculture, horticulture, fishing, mining and railroad construction, according to Kaji.

- L.A. Rollins

Source: Reprinted from The Journal of Historical Review, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 507f.

Published with permission of and courtesy to the Institute for Historical Review (IHR).
For the current IHR catalog, with a complete listing of books and audio and video tapes, send one dollar to:

Institute For Historical Review
Post Office Box 2739
Newport Beach, California 92659
email: [email protected]

Back to Table of Contents JHR vol. 6