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The Cats of Mirikitani
Learn more about the filmmakers, read press quotes and view a gallery of Jimmy Mirikitani’s work.

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani
Read a curator’s statement and artist’s bio, and view select artwork from this 2006 exhibit of Mirikitani’s art at Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute's American Gallery.

The Wing Luke Asian Museum
This Seattle-based museum featured an exhibit of Jimmy Mirikitani’s artwork in 2006.

KQED: Speaking Freely: An Evening with Remarkable Women: Janice Mirikitani
Listen to audio clips and read writing by Janice Mirikitani, San Francisco’s second poet laureate and Jimmy Mirikitani’s cousin.

Roger Shimomura
Artist Roger Shimomura is a friend and colleague of Jimmy Mirikitani’s who is featured in THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI and has helped to curate Mirikitani’s work. Elderly increasingly at risk for homelessness
This 2006 article discusses the growing rate of homelessness among elderly residents of New York City.

Village Care of New York
Learn more about the agency that runs the assisted-living retirement center where Jimmy Mirikitani lives.

Center for Asian American Media
A funder of THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI, CAAM aims to present stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible.


Japanese American Internment Conscience and the Constitution
This documentary tells the story of the organized draft resistance among Japanese Americans in internment camps. Read about the loyalty tests, the trials that followed the resistance and more. P.O.V.: Rabbit in the Moon
The companion site to this documentary about the internment features video clips and interactive resources. Independent Lens: Face to Face
This interactive project documents the stories of Japanese Americans during World War II alongside those of Arab Americans post 9/11, exploring what it means to be an American with the face of the enemy.

PBS: Children of the Camps
Learn more about Japanese American children who were confined in internment camps in this documentary by Satsuki Ina, who also produced, directed and wrote From a Silk Cocoon: A Japanese American Renunciation Story.

Tule Lake Internment Camp
Learn more about Tule Lake, the largest and most controversial of the ten War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps used to carry out the U.S. government’s detention of persons of Japanese descent during World War II. Jimmy Mirikitani was imprisoned here and attended a Tule Lake Pilgrimage.

Densho's mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished. View firsthand accounts, a timeline of events, virtual exhibitions and more.

National Park Service: Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites
This detailed overview includes a history of Japanese American internment during World War II with chapters and photos of individual relocation centers.

Masumi Hayashi
This site features photo collages of the remnants of the sites of Japanese American internment camps, historic photographs from personal collections and interviews with camp survivors, created by artist Masumi Hayashi, who passed away in 2006.

National Japanese American Historical Society
The NJASH is dedicated to the collection, preservation, authentic interpretation and sharing of historical information of Japanese American experiences, including internment and much more.

CBS News: Bush to Preserve WWII Internment Camps
Learn more about the recent legislation that funds the preservation of Japanese American internment camp sites.


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