Forsaken Fields (film)


Title Forsaken Fields
Date 2001
Producer Midori Sperandeo
Narrator Jan Yanehiro
Runtime 27 minutes
IMDB Forsaken Fields

A 2001 documentary film by Midori Sperandeo that investigates what happened to Japanese American farms throughout California, following the passage of Executive Order 9066 in 1942. The film examines the impact World War II had on agricultural industries and farming communities, as fewer Japanese Americans returned to agriculture after the years spent in American concentration camps. Forsaken Fields includes interviews with Japanese American farmers who worked the land before the war as well as former incarcerees and the racism and loss of civil liberties they faced and endured. Narrated by journalist Jan Yanehiro and produced by KVIE public television in Sacramento.

Authored by Patricia Wakida

For More Information

Forsaken Fields on Center for Asian American Media website.