During World War II, Gene Akutsu was incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. In 1944 he was arrested for resisting the draft and imprisoned at McNeil Island Penitentiary. In this clip, Gene talks about why he thinks it's important to speak up for what you believe.
The clips in this playlist were included in The World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans -- 70th Anniversary Remembrance. This educational supplement was published by the Seattle Times as part of their Newspapers in Education program on April 29, 2012, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japanese Americans being removed from Seattle during World War II.