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In 1942, over 100,000 Americans were interned in prison camps. . . . In America.

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Alan Parker’s 1990 Come See the Paradise is an emotional view of the Japanese-American internment of 1942 presented from the perspective of Lily Kawamura, a Nisei -- a second generation Japanese American woman -- who lives in Los Angeles. She and her Caucasian boyfriend Jack McGurn elope to Seattle, ostracizing herself and her daughter Mini from the Kawamuras. When she returns home after Jack is arrested for union agitation, Pearl Harbor is bombed, and her father is arrested as a traitor. Jack is drafted and sent off to war while the Kawamuras, Lily, and young Mini are shipped off to an internment camp under Executive Order 9066 signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. The order stated that all people of Japanese ancestry living on the west coast be assembled and relocated to ten camps across the United States. Come See the Paradise focuses on the Kawamura family’s time at Manzanar, a camp located in the Owens Valley of California along the northeast border of Death Valley. The film eloquently depicts the emotional and sometimes physical conflict of the Nisei who are forced to choose between their heritage and their country, and the pain of the Issei, Lily’s Japan-born parents, who realize that they’ve lost everything they’d ever had while trying to live the American dream.