PLACE Lecture Series


Breaking the Silence

Streaming Media

Document Type

Video File


1 hour 10 minutes 53 seconds

Publication Date



Asian American Studies | Asian History | Military History | Peace and Conflict Studies | Political History | Social History | Theatre and Performance Studies | United States History


Breaking the Silence, written by Nikki Nojima Louis, is a readers theatre drama of Japanese immigration to the West Coast of the United States, the challenges of immigrants and a new culture, the hysteria during World War II (with the internment of the Japanese Americans at the camps), and the legal struggle of the constitutional redress.

The Seeking Justice Project focuses on the events and aftermath of the forced internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II. Many of the Japanese Americans who lived in the Northwest were forced to leave behind homes, businesses, and property and were relocated to Camp Minidoka, an internment camp near Twin Falls, Idaho.

Production Note
Herbert Tsuchiya is credited in the video as both Herbert T Suchiya and Herbert Tsuchiya.

  • Angie Bolton: music director, narrator, interrogator
  • Chisao Hata: performing artist, dancer
  • David Hsieh: professional director, performer, stage manager
  • Nikki Nojima Lewis: author, artistic director, performer
  • Stephen Sumida: actor
  • Herbert Tsuchiya: artist, dancer, producer, performer
  • Linfield College Taiko Drummers: Meghan Bauder, Ehren Cahill, Christopher Keaveney, Kayla Lindsey


Sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Religious Studies, the Gordon G. Frazee lectureship fund, PLACE, the Linfield College Dean's Speaker Fund, First Baptist Church of McMinnville, and Interfaith Advocates for Peace with Justice.