‘Conscience’ Comes to L.A.

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Photo by J.K. Yamamoto/Rafu Shimpo

The DVD release of “Conscience and the Constitution” was celebrated Saturday at the Japanese American National Museum. In addition to a screening of the documentary about the Heart Mountain draft resisters, which first aired on PBS in 2000, the event included the first California showing of “The JACL Apologizes,” one of several featurettes included on the DVD. In a ceremony in San Francisco on May 11, 2002, the JACL formally apologized for denouncing the resisters during World War II. Producer/director Frank Abe (center), who is based in Seattle, is pictured with Art Hansen, professor emeritus of Asian American studies at CSU Fullerton, who is interviewed in the film; and Lillian Benson, A.C.E., who edited the film. Also in attendance were resister Yosh Kuromiya and his wife, Irene; resister Tak Hoshizaki; and Paul Tsuneishi, a veteran who spearheaded the JACL apology.

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