This edition: Seabrook Farms in New JerseyTweet
Original tape date: January 13, 2017.
First aired: August 7, 2018.
During World War Two, Executive Order 9066 was issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, forcing nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps on the Pacific coast. Many of the incarcerated families were given the opportunity to leave the camps and work as migrant farm workers on the Northeast. Charles Franklin of Seabrook Farms enlisted thousands of Japanese American internees to work as laborers on his farm and processing plant in Cumberland County, New Jersey. Many of these families settled in the area, and it became a hidden Japanese American community. Today only a few families remain behind, but their history is documented at the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center. Asian American Life Correspondent Tinabeth Pina shares their untold stories and how these families rebuilt their lives against all odds.
Theodora Yoshikami Former Resident, Seabrook Farms