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HISTORY

Early Japanese American history is often forgotten. However, over the past three years, the Little Tokyo Historical Society has uncovered the stories of two civil rights leaders, Sei Fujii and J. Marion Wright, who fought to defend the Japanese American community long before, during, and after World War II.

Sei Fujii, an Issei (first-generation Japanese American) pioneer, was a USC Law School graduate that was unable to practice law because he was denied citizenship as all Japanese were considered aliens ineligible for citizenship. Because of this, he eventually became a newspaperman, and started his own community newspaper. He became weary of pursuing any news that may be perceived as "too controversial." He had worked tirelessly for three years with his law school classmate and friend, civil rights lawyer J. Marion Wright, to win a 1928 U.S. Supreme Court Case which permitted the construction of the much needed Japanese Hospital in Los Angeles. At the 1935 Nisei Week Festival, an event to unite the community during the Great Depression, he finds himself unsettled. A new group of unsavory Japanese immigrants from Hawaii and Tokyo were re-opening a gambling hall in the Little Tokyo community. With encouragement from J. Marion Wright, he tries to confront the problem, but is split between saving the face of the Japanese community or revealing the illicit activities of those destroying it.