Natasha Varner, PhD is a Seattle-based historian and writer whose work explores the intersections of race, gender, identity, and representation in the US and Latin America. She is the Communications and Public Engagement Director for the Japanese American history non-profit, Densho.
Survivors of WWII Japanese incarceration camps are on the other side of the barbed wire now, but some say they want the world to know that they will not sit idly by and watch injustice happen again.
During World War II, the US forcibly relocated and detained thousands of Japanese Latin Americans, but left them without legal entry documents. Today, their fight for redress and recognition continues.
A Nahua woman from humble origins served as both model and co-creator to the cultural revolution that canonized her face and body.
There’s a fiction about Irish immigrants circulating on and among white supremacist sites and groups. But there are people trying to correct the historical record.
Americans were discriminated against and incarcerated during World War II because of their ancestry. Which in turn created a generation of their descendents who don’t want to see it happen again.
States were left to design a system for massive civilian absentee voting. And in a hodgepodge of rules and regulations, people held in camps were effectively disenfranchised.
But farm workers in Mexico say they are still fighting for better wages and working conditions while harvesting the berries sold in US markets under the Driscoll’s brand name.
Farm workers of Japanese and Mexican heritage created a multilingual and multiracial coalition to fight for fair wages. The organization had a short life, but it stands as a powerful example of interracial solidarity in the history of labor relations.
Protests over working conditions at a farm in Washington state have been going on for three years. This year, though, workers are meeting with the growers to talk about a union contract.
Dorothea Lange was famous for her Dust Bowl America images. But she also documented the 1942 removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans.