Chizu Omori was incarcerated at age 12; now she uses that experience to fuel her activism

Feb 19, 2018


Oakland writer Chizu Omori and her family were among the near 120,000 Japanese Americans forced to leave their homes and relocate to incarceration camps during World War II. Omori was just 12 years old when she was sent to Poston, a camp in the desert of Arizona.

Now in her late eighties, Omori's part of a group of Japanese Americans activists here in the Bay Area called the Nikkei Resisters, who use the legacy of their incarceration to fuel their message.


"We are witnesses. We have the moral authority to tell you these things can happen if you're not aware . . . We want the world to understand we suffered an act of gross intolerance and discrimination during World War II by being incarcerated by our own government."

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