Betrayed Trust: The Story of a Deported Issei and His American-Born Family During WW II
BetrayedTrust illuminates why some Issei (first generation Japanese resident alien) andJapanese-Americans chose to give up on America rather than to stay with a nation that abused,condemned, rejected, incarcerated, and took away their freedom.¿ It is a compelling narration of an Issei and his American-born family who were imprisoned foralmost four years during World War II under the custody of the U.S.Government.¿ Betrayed Trustreveals the most intimate thoughts of the author's father's secret politicalactivities, efforts for resegregation, andinvolvement in creating a "true Japanese" environment at the Tule Lake Segregation Center.¿ The authordiscloses his father's activities as chairman of the Standing Committee of the Resegregation Group and as one of the founders of two superpro-Japanese organizations, the Sokoku Kenkyu Seinen Dan (Young Men'sAssociation for the Study of the Motherland) and the SokujiKikoku Hoshi Dan (Society for Immediate Return toServe the Motherland), which led to his removal by the Department of Justicefrom Tule Lake Segregation Center; his detention atthe Santa Fe Interment Camp; his removal and segregation to a secret JapaneseSegregation Camp #; his covert transfer to the INS Terminal Island DetentionStation and ultimately to the Portland Detention Station for deportation as oneof the most dangerous alien enemy.
Could this happen to you?
By A. Akashi - July 25, 2004
Betrayed Trust is a moving story of a family's experiences and hardship living as prisoners in the American concentration camps and told through the eyes of a young boy, barely out of grammar school. As the story unfolds, it reveals, at first, the family's shock at being sent into prison for being nothing more than Japanese-Americans living in California as the war broke. It continues through their desire to be 'good Japanese' and trust that the imprisonment was being done for good reason, to the final realization that they were lied to and betrayed by their own government.
As you read this story, it is hard not to think about how easily this situation could happen to you. Think about how the American public is so pumped-up with fear over the constant threat of terrorism today. Think about easily we give up our own freedoms, or would give up the freedoms of our neighbors if there were any amount of suspicion?
By John F. Christgau - July 8, 2004
Mr. Akashi's "Betrayed Trust" is a must read for all students of World War II internment history. It presents a particularly vivid account of the internee conflicts and politics brought on at Tulelake Segregation Center by the government's ill-conceived and tragic renunciation program. Mr. Akashi's own family internment story is skillfully woven into the larger history of those Tulelake politics.John Christgau "ENEMIES: World War II Alien Internment"
Read & learn from this book so we do not repeat history
By A Customer - June 5, 2004
This book by Motomu Akashi is a first-hand account of what it was like to be a Japanese-American during World War II. From life in rural California to the internment camps, U.S. citizens, even those who were born in the U.S., were imprisoned because of their race. Akashi describes what life was like for Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor, how his family lost their jobs, homes, were imprisoned, and then were required to sign an oath of alligence to the U.S. and even go fight in the war for the country who took away the very freedoms that these Japanese-Americans were to fight and die for. We must remember what happened so as not to repeat this abuse against Arab-Americans. This book provides an excellent account of the evolution of a man from a very patriotic American to being classified by the U.S. government as an American enemy who, after being held in a secret internment camp, was eventually deported along with his family after World War II. The book gives an excellent... read more