Invisible Citizens: Japanese-Americans

1983, 56:43 min, color, sound

Invisible Citizens is a moving and disturbing examination of the history of Japanese immigrants (the Nisei) in the United States, focusing on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. In this collective portrait, which includes combat veterans of the Japanese 442nd division of the U.S. Army, Tsuno juxtaposes U.S. government propaganda films with memories of wartime racism from the direct testimony of her subjects. This compelling document of Japanese-Americans' experience with racism in the United States bears witness to their efforts to become "visible citizens."

Assistant Producers: Maryann DeLeo, Tokiko Tagami. Production Consultant/Writer: Pat Sides. Narrator: Joan Shigekawa. Produced in association with the TV Lab at WNET/Thirteen.