Director Konrad Aderer at top of Castle Rock Mountain overlooking Tule Lake Segregation Center site

Director Konrad Aderer at top of Castle Rock Mountain overlooking Tule Lake Segregation Center site

Production Team

Konrad Aderer (Director/Producer) is a Japanese American filmmaker whose documentaries have focused on immigrants affected by detention and deportation. His feature documentary Enemy Alien received a Courage in Media Award from CAIR and Pacific Asian Community Alliance Courage Award. His short Rising Up: The Alams screened internationally and in the U.S. at venues including BAM and MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Under his nonprofit multimedia project Life or Liberty (lifeorliberty.org), founded in 2002, his work has been supported by Center for Asian American Media, Open Society Institute, and NYSCA grants. Konrad holds a Master’s in Sociology from Brooklyn College.     

Michelle Chen (Co-Producer) has worked with WNET’s Children’s and Educational Media unit for ten years, creating content for public television and the web. She has received Emmy awards for her work as a producer on the PBS Kids series Cyberchase and the television and web project, Get the Math. She serves as producer on the groundbreaking American history video game, Mission US, which received the Japan Prize for Educational Media and the Games for Change Impact Award. She also serves as a producer on professional development documentary series for educators, including the Annenberg-funded Power of Music: P-5 Teaching inspired by El Sistema.

JT Takagi (Supervising Producer) is a filmmaker and business manager/production coordinator at Third World Newsreel, a media company that exists to explore social justice issues and nurture work by and about people of color.  Her own films include three nationally broadcast documentaries on PBS. Takagi has also produced several series of educational shorts while working as a sound engineer and professor at both the City College of New York and the School of Visual Arts. 

Project Advisors

Barbara Takei is a writer/researcher, independent scholar, and community activist. She has received multiple grants from the California State Library to research and write about Tule Lake, and over the past decade, has organized programs, panel discussions and site tours during biannual pilgrimages to Tule Lake. Her work includes several dozen oral histories of “No-No's” and Japanese Americans who renounced their U.S. Citizenship, along with articles to document these rare and little-known stories of the Tule Lake Segregation Center. Takei co-wrote Tule Lake Revisited: A Brief Guide to the Tule Lake Internment Camp Site (2001), which was supported by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program. Based on research of recently released classified documents held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and Archives II in College Park, MD, She also wrote Legalizing Detention: The Department of Justice Denationalization Program (Shaw Library Historical Journal, 2005) detailing the events that led nearly 6,000 Japanese Americans to renounce their U.S. citizenship. As the Chief Financial Officer of the Tule Lake Committee, Inc., Takei has worked with the National Park Service, the California Department of Transportation, and other governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to preserve the Tule Lake Segregation Center. As a result of such efforts, Tule Lake Segregation Center was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006, and in December 2008 became a unit of the NPS as a National Historic Monument.

Tetsuden (Tetsu) Kashima, born in Oakland, California, was incarcerated as an infant along with his family during World War II. Later, he received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego. Tetsu came to the University of Washington in 1976 and currently serves as a professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology. He has been an invited Visiting Professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto and the Yamaguchi National University in Yamaguchi, Japan. Besides publications in numerous journals, he has authored many articles and published two books: Buddhism in America: The Social Organization of an Ethnic Religious Institution (1977) and Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II (2003,2004).

Eiichiro Azuma is a Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 2001. He is specialized in Asian American history with an emphasis on Japanese Americans and transpacific migration, as well as Japanese colonialism and U.S.-Japan relations. Azuma's interest in migration and transnationalism has stemmed partially from his personal experience as an immigrant from Japan. Azuma is author of Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America (Oxford University Press, 2005), which won the Theodore Saloutos Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and a History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Azuma has published over a dozen peer-reviewed academic articles; recently his articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, Journal of Asian Studies, Pacific Historical Review and Journal of American-East Asian Relations. He holds a M.A. in Asian American Studies (1992) and a Ph.D. in history (2000), both from University of California at Los Angeles. Azuma’s current research includes a project on the experience of Japanese Americans in Occupied Japan and how it affected their return to mainstream America in the wake of wartime incarceration.