Resistance at Tule Lake

About This Episode


The dominant narrative of the World War II incarceration of Japanese-Americans has been that they behaved as a “model minority” - cooperating without protest and proving their patriotism by enlisting in the Army.

Resistance at Tule Lake tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the United States government’s program of mass incarceration during the war. Branded as disloyals and re-imprisoned at Tule Lake Segregation Center, they continued to protest in the face of militarized violence, with thousands renouncing their U.S. citizenship. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, the documentary challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime loyalty.