American History: Executive Order 9066

February 19, 1942: President Roosevelt signs the executive order to place Japanese Americans in internment camps.

Andy Munemitsu, a character in Lost in the Light, was named in honor of the Munemitsu family who leased their farm to Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez before the Japanese-American internment. The Mendez family took care of the property until the Mumemitsus were released after the war. The two families united when Gonzalo and Felicitas took on the local school districts in the historic civil right case, Mendez v. Westminster that ended segregation in California’s public schools.

Here’s a story about their connection:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s