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In a 180-degree turnaround, Gov. George Deukmejian has signed a bill authorizing a $750,000 grant for a Japanese-American history museum planned for an historic Buddhist temple in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Only a few months ago, Deukmejian had cut the $750,000 grant from the state budget.
The bill, authored by State Senator Art Torres (D-South Pasadena), will give the money to Los Angeles if the City raises at least $1 million in matching funds. The Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency is expected to provide the necessary $1 million in "redevelopment funds."
"There needs to be a constant reminder of the sometimes illogical actions of government," said Torres, alluding to the "internment" of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
According to Bruce Kaji, president of the Japanese-American National Museum Foundation, the museum will show "the experiences of a minority group that has gone through normal immigration and adjustments… but also suffered civil injustices during World War II." Kaji has said, "It will also serve as a conscience of America, so such things do not happen again."
The museum will include exhibits of Japanese-American contributions to agriculture, horticulture, fishing, mining and railroad construction, according to Kaji.
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|Author(s):||Lou A. Rollins|
|Title:||California Subsidizes Japanese-American Museum, Historical News and Comment|
|Sources:||The Journal of Historical Review, vol. 6, no. 4 (winter 1985), pp. 507f.|
|First posted on CODOH:||Nov. 8, 2012, 6 p.m.|