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William Hohri

Date of Birth 13-March-1927
Place of Birth San Francisco
(California, United States of America, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Peninsula, Area code 415)
Also know as William Minoru Hohri
Profession Author
William Minoru Hohri was an American political activist, born to Japanese immigrants parents, who was sent to a concentration camp with his family after the Attack on Pearl Harbor triggered the US's entry into World War II. After leading a class action lawsuit seeking redress for the actions of the federal government in the Japanese American internment, which was dismissed, Hohri's advocacy helped convince Congress to pass legislation that provided compensation to each surviving internee. The legislation signed by President Ronald Reagan included an apology to those sent to the camps. Hohri was born on March 13, 1927, in San Francisco to parents who had immigrated into the United States. He spent the first few years of his life in an orphanage after both of his parents were stricken with tuberculosis and when he was returned to his family was fluent only in English, a language that his parents were unable to speak. When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, Hohri was a student at North Hollywood High School. His father was detained the day after the attack and sent to an internment camp in Fort Missoula, Montana. Under the terms of Executive Order 9066 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in February 1942 and later upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States, Hohri was sent to the Manzanar internment camp in a remote area of California together with the rest of his family. More than 110,000 other Japanese Americans who had been swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment that was whipped up by the Japanese attack on the U.S. were sent to ten concentration camps. He completed high school in the camp and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago after he was released. By profession, Hohri worked as a computer programmer.

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American Book Awards
Honored for : Repairing America: An Account of the Movement for Japanese American Redress