ESPN: Dark History – Santa Anita Park’s Japanese Internment Days

The other day, I was flipping the channels to watch some NCAA March Madness highlights when I caught the tail end of this story on ESPN about Santa Anita Park, a horse racetrack in Arcadia, California. For six months, Santa Anita Park served as a temporary internment camp where nearly 20,000 Japanese-Americans were imprisoned prior to being shipped out to more permanent internment camps.

I wasn’t too sure why ESPN was running this segment at this particular time, but thought it was cool for those who follow horse racing that they learned a little bit about the history of the racetrack, which Kevin had blogged about a little last fall when the track opened an exhibit on its role in the Japanese-American internment. Kudos on bringing this story to a broader audience; the next time I am in Arcadia eating at Din Tai Fung, I’ll have to drop by  the exhibit.

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About John

I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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