Roger Daniels

Professor Roger Daniels
Roger Daniels is a professor of history at the University of Cincinnati. He has been researching and writing about Japanese Americans for almost 50 years. Among his publications are Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II and a nine volume history titled American Concentration Camps: A Documentary History of the Relocation and Incarceration of Japanese Americans, 1941-1945. Between 1981 and 1983 he served as a consultant to the presidential Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. This commission looked at the impact of Executive Order 9066, which allowed for the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. In 1988, then-president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, signed an apology and a symbolic payment of $20,000 to Japanese Americans who lost liberties because of that Executive Order. In addition to teaching and writing, Daniels has helped to plan the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island, has worked with the National Park Service on historic sites, and has been a historical consultant for many television programs. Professor Daniels and his wife have two children, a boy and a girl, who are now adults.

Read a transcript of the discussion with Roger Daniels.

Author Ken Mochizuki
Ken Mochizuki lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. "Because I am of Japanese descent (my grandparents were from Japan), I have often experienced prejudice or being stereotyped, and those subjects are often included in my books. And because of those experiences, I feel it is my responsibility to tell America, through my books, that people of Asian descent have been a part of America for a long time."

Like Professor Daniels, Mr. Mochizuki has written several books about World War II and being Japanese American during the war. One of his books is Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. Mr. Mochizuki explains how he got involved and wrote this book. "During the end of 1994, the media began running stories about a diplomat from Japan who is credited with saving thousands of Polish Jews from the Holocaust. This was happening because the family of the late Consul Chiune Sugihara began spreading the story. I thought that the experience of this man and his family could become a picture book… I read a newspaper article about the eldest son, Hiroki, and how he was five years old when his father was stationed in Lithuania in 1940. From a young boy's point of view, he recalled his father issuing the visas that would save thousands of lives. When I personally met Hiroki Sugihara in Seattle in 1995, he handed most of my research to me: a book written by his mother about the family's history. With more follow-up interviews with Hiroki over the phone, I had the story."

Read a transcript of the discussion with Ken Mochizuki.

Mr. Mochizuki has incorporated information from Asian-American history into his books Baseball Saved Us and Heroes and Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. Learn more about Mr. Mochizuki in our Authors & Books section.

Roger Daniels and Ken Mochizuki joined for one month in May 2002 to discuss Japanese Americans during World War II and their work. Read a transcript of the discussion.