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Tanforan: From Internment Center to Shopping Mall


This documentary film is about a shopping mall in California called Tanforan, which served as a temporary internment camp for Japanese-Americans from the Bay Area during their forced relocation in World War II, part of a larger project of internment fueled by racism and indifference at the both popular and policy-making levels. The only sign marking this site’s use in a mass abuse of minority rights is a small plaque in the middle of the mall’s parking lot. The film explores the story of Tanforan, and in doing so, gives Tanforan a proper memorial.