"There was an attempt to rectify the mistreatment of evacuees. In 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. And the act granted $20,000 to each of the 80,000 surviving Japanese Americans who experienced the evacuation. It wasn't until October of 1990 that they had the cash to do that. By then George Bush was president. And he included a letter. Let me read it here.
   "He says, 'The monetary sum and words alone cannot restore lost years or erase painful memories. Neither can they fully convey our nation's resolve to rectify injustice and to uphold the rights of individuals. We can never fully right the wrongs of the past, but we can take a clear stand for justice and recognize that serious injustices were done to Japanese Americans during World War II. In enacting a law calling for restitution and offering a sincere apology your fellow Americans have, in a very real sense, renewed their traditional commitment to the ideals of freedom, equality and justice. You and your family have our best wishes for the future.' And it was signed George Bush."
   Question: "How did that make you feel?"
   "I really didn't feel that we earned it, or anything like that. I just tell people, 'Well they apologized. And that was it.'"

Kaz Tada – Apology from the Nation


Other Excerpts from Kaz Tada’s Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Internment of Japanese-Americans
College Days
College Basketball