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Daniel K. Kuzuhara papers

Identifier: 2002.018

Scope and Contents

The Kuzuhara Papers contain research reports, articles, clippings, a reminiscence of time spent in the Amache Internment Camp, correspondence, Kuzuhara's testimony in the federal redress hearings, and his presentation before the Pacific Asian Conference. ;The JASC and JACL series contain research reports dating from 1960 - 1979, on the needs of Issei, Nisei, and Sansei generations, newsletters, annual reports, and correspondence; the Kuzuhara Research Study and Reports contain the results of Daniel Kuzuhara’s own research on the needs of the three generations, along with a reminiscence of his experiences during World War II; the Redress series contains newspaper articles and reports documenting the federal government redress hearings; and the last series contains documents from the Pacific Asian Conference and Kuzuhara's presentation before that organization, ca. 1979.;The Audio Tapes on reel to reel consist of interviews for the JASC with Issei and Nisei generations about their needs.


  • 1960-1990

Biographical / Historical

Daniel K. Kuzuhara was born in 1924 and raised in Los Angeles, California. In 1942, the Kuzuhara family was interned at the Santa Anita Assembly Center and later transferred to the Amache Relocation Center in southeastern Colorado. After the war, Kuzuhara studied psychology at Northwestern University and became a pyschotherapist. He also received a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago. In addition to his work as a psychotherapist, Kuzuhara taught for 27 years as an assistant professor of psychology at Northeastern Illinois University. Kuzuhara served as President of the Board of the Japanese American Service Committee for five years during the early 1960s.
Kuzuhara was active in the redress movement to compensate Japanese Americans for their unjust treatment during World War II. In 1981, he wrote an editorial article entitled "A Sorry Part of Our History" detailing his family's experiences during the war. The article was first published in the Chicago Tribune and later was included in "Land of Promise: A History of the United States since 1865" by Carol Berkin and Leonard Wood (1986). Kuzuhara also helped set up redress hearings at Northeastern Illinois University for himself and others who were incarcerated during the war.
During and after his tenure as JASC president, Kuzuhara conducted considerable professional research on the needs of the Issei, Nisei, and Sansei generations of Japanese Americans. He was a founder and director of the Hope Center, a psychological support group. He lived in Long Grove and died in 1991, at the age of 67.

Source: Kuzuhara, Daniel K.


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