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Connections: Trump Surrogates Invoke Japanese Internment As Legal Precedent

Donald Trump's surrogates have cited Japanese internment camps as legal precedent for a potential Muslim registry. To say the least, this is a controversial defense of a so-called "Muslim ban," and it set off a storm of discussion about our own painful past.

A new exhibit at the University of Rochester explores this topic. “Internment: The Japanese-American Experience in World War II — A pilgrimage to WWII Japanese-American internment camps”is on view through December 11.

We try to learn from that past with our panel:

  • Joanne Bernardi, associate professor of Japanese and film and media studies, and head of the Japanese program at the University of Rochester
  • Notch Miyake, photographer and activist
  • Margaret Miyake, photographer and activist
  • Ken Warner, descendent of an American who was interned
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.