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Nidoto nai yoni

by A.F. Jones

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sources recorded 3.26.2020
re-recorded and manipulated live 3.27.2020

recording site: the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island was the locale for the first of the reprehensible roundups of Japanese-Americans to be interned during the FDR administration’s xenophobic response to entering the war. If your family was called to depart, it was a mere six days from being identified to relocation to Southern California. The island : the enactment of EO 9066 in your community : the ferry ride : the disorienting train ride to Manzanar. The most dreadful, rapid act of forced isolation for these women, men, and children; something to consider as we have quarantined ourselves, in most cases through the luxury of our own will.

About the memorial:

"The memorial wall winds solemnly down to the historic Eagledale ferry dock landing site, where the first of more than 120,000 Japanese—two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were banished from their West Coast homes and placed in concentration camps during World War II. The memorial is a reminder—“Nidoto Nai Yoni” (Let it Not Happen Again)—of what happened on March 30, 1942.

Built of old-growth red cedar, granite and basalt, the wall honors the names of all 276 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were exiled from Bainbridge Island by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1. It also celebrates this island community, which defended its Japanese-American friends and neighbors, supported them while they were away, and welcomed them home."

This piece first featured on 3.28.2020 as part of the ongoing festival, Amplify 2020: Quarantine amplify2020.bandcamp.com



released July 19, 2020



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