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   from the issue of August 17, 2006

From the Archives

Nisei Plaza


With the Feb. 19, 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt forced the internment of some 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans in concentration camps through the west.

The move interrupted the college educations of those who were college-aged - mainly the Nisei, second-generation Japanese Americans. While the students were denied admission to many U.S. universities and colleges, the University of Nebraska accepted and welcomed them as students. Between 1942 and 1949, more than 120 Nisei students enrolled at NU.

In gratitude, the Japanese American alumni donated funds to create a Japanese plaza on campus, the Japanese American Asian Collection at Love Library and the Nisei Scholarship Fund.

The Nisei Plaza, pictured left and located north of Kimball Recital Hall, was dedicated April 24, 1999.

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