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News Posted on February 10, 2017

Korematsu Comic by Associate Dean Sunder, Professor Chander Draws Renewed Attention

“Fred Korematsu: All-American Hero,” a comic book on the landmark Supreme Court case concerning the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, was the subject of renewed attention during the annual observation of the Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.

Published in 2010 by Carolina Academic Press, the book includes text by Sunder and Chander and art by Angelia Loi. The book chronicles the life of Fred Korematsu, who challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II. His Supreme Court case, and his subsequent challenge to his conviction four decades later, helped lead to an apology by the United States government to Japanese-Americans families subjected to imprisonment.

Korematsu Day, January 30, was observed in Davis with student assemblies at local schools, including Fred Korematsu Elementary School, which was named after the civil rights icon. Dean Sunder read from the comic book and led a discussion with a fourth grade elementary school class at Robert E. Willett Elementary School.  Observances drew coverage in the Davis Enterprise.