Japan has just bombed Pearl Harbor, and the United States is now at war. Motivated by racism and wartime hysteria, the U.S. government cites national security concerns to justify the incarceration of all West Coast Japanese Americans, regardless of citizenship status and without due process. The Orange Story is based on these events. Between chapters of the movie, explore archival resources that reveal the causes and consequences of this shameful moment in U.S. history.
Launch the movie to follow Koji Oshima, a grocer, as he prepares to leave his home behind.Skip Movie
In the first chapter of the movie, In the first chapter of the movie, Koji faces the reality that he will have to leave the life he has worked hard to build. What led up to this moment? Explore the climate of fear and racism through the archival images, documents, oral histories, and videos below.
Witness how discrimination — before and after Pearl Harbor — contributed to the forced removal of Japanese Americans. (Note: Some primary sources contain offensive racial epithets, and are included here solely for historical accuracy and context.)