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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div id=\"databox-PeopleDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Name</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Lincoln Seiichi Kanai</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Born</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">December 5 1908</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Died</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1982</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Birth Location</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Koloa, HI</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Generational Identifier</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n<p><a href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a>\n</p>\n</td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>FirstName:Lincoln;\nLastName:Kanai;\nDisplayName:Lincoln Seiichi Kanai;\nBirthDate:1908-12-05;\nDeathDate:1982-01-01;\nBirthLocation:Koloa, HI;\nGender:Male;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Nisei;\nNationality:US;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:;\nReligion:;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>As a social worker with the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Lincoln Kanai (1908–82) was a vocal advocate for <a href=\"/wiki/Nikkei\" title=\"Nikkei\">Nikkei</a> community needs and citizens' rights in the months following Pearl Harbor. Considering it a repudiation of his citizenship, Kanai strongly opposed removal and confinement <i>en masse</i>—an unwavering conviction that led him to quiet action as he challenged the exclusion order by disregarding the removal order and leaving <a href=\"/wiki/Military_Areas_1_and_2\" title=\"Military Areas 1 and 2\">Military Zone 1</a> without authorization. In his lesser-known court case, Lincoln Kanai unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of <a href=\"/wiki/Public_Law_503\" title=\"Public Law 503\">Public Law 503</a>, joining a small group of individuals who defied the evacuation order and sought redress through the legal system.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\"><div id=\"toctitle\"><h2>Contents</h2></div>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\"><a href=\"#Before_the_War\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">1</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Before the War</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\"><a href=\"#Wartime_Advocacy\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">2</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Wartime Advocacy</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\"><a href=\"#Challenging_the_Evacuation_Order\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">3</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Challenging the Evacuation Order</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\"><a href=\"#Legacy\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">4</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Legacy</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-5\"><a href=\"#For_More_Information\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">5</span> <span class=\"toctext\">For More Information</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-6\"><a href=\"#Footnotes\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">6</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Footnotes</span></a></li>\n</ul>\n</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Before_the_War\">Before the War</span></h2>\n<p>Lincoln Seiichi Kanai was born December 5, 1908, in the small community of Koloa in Hawai'i Territory. Various accounts indicate that Kanai had possibly come from mixed parentage or was orphaned and raised by native Hawaiians. Kanai, though, identified himself as ethnic Japanese and only reported that, unlike many <a href=\"/wiki/Nisei\" title=\"Nisei\">Nisei</a>, he did not attend Japanese Language School. Regardless of his family circumstances, any atypical aspects of Kanai's youth did not affect his conforming to certain Nikkei social norms. Kanai, for instance, learned to read and speak Japanese, and as a young man, he made the near-perfunctory visit to Japan, leaving Hawai'i in April 1935 and returning the following August.\n</p><p>Like many aspiring Nisei, Kanai also pursued advanced education. In 1926, he entered the University of Hawaii, where he studied English and received his B.A. in 1930.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup> Kanai also served in the Reserves for a time, but by 1935, his experiences had led him to a career with the YMCA in Lihu'e, Kaua'i. Two years later, on October 9, 1937, the 28-year-old Kanai left Hawai'i for California. There he continued to serve the YMCA at San Francisco's newly-constructed Japanese branch.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Wartime_Advocacy\">Wartime Advocacy</span></h2>\n<p>In the days and months immediately following Pearl Harbor, Kanai, as the executive secretary for the Buchanan Street YMCA, identified and sought to provide for the physical, social, and psychological needs of Bay Area Nikkei. \"[T]he Y.M.C.A.,\" he wrote, \"is trying to meet the challenges...of the times: first aid, armed morale, Civilian Defense, Civilian morale, inter-racial fellowship, informal education, physical and social recreation, [and] religious education.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">[2]</a></sup> In addition to supporting the community through the YMCA's programming, Kanai struggled to increase public awareness of the Japanese situation. In a letter to the editor of the <i>San Francisco Examiner</i>, Kanai cautioned against the rising racism that had resulted in high unemployment, displaced students, and diminished agricultural production. He further warned that the racially-motivated effort to exclude citizens of Japanese descent from the West Coast jeopardized \"American trust in American principles.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\">[3]</a></sup> Such action, Kanai noted in testimony submitted to the Tolan Committee, was \"in direct opposition to the constitution [and] contrary to the spirit of our fighting aims.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref4_4-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref4-4\">[4]</a></sup>\n</p><p>Anticipating the civil liberties crisis that would define the World War II experience of most Japanese Americans, Kanai encouraged his countrymen to preserve justice and equality.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref5_5-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref5-5\">[5]</a></sup> In a letter to <a href=\"/wiki/Tom_C._Clark\" title=\"Tom C. Clark\">Tom Clark</a>, coordinator of Alien Enemy Control, Kanai defended these principles by proposing that a review board examine individual cases in order to \"certify\" the loyalty of resident aliens and citizens. Though his suggestion was disregarded, Kanai continued to work with Clark, in addition to <a href=\"/wiki/Karl_Bendetsen\" title=\"Karl Bendetsen\">Karl Bendetsen</a> of the <a href=\"/wiki/Wartime_Civil_Control_Administration\" title=\"Wartime Civil Control Administration\">Wartime Civil Control Administration</a>, Lester Ade of the <a href=\"/wiki/War_Relocation_Authority\" title=\"War Relocation Authority\">War Relocation Authority</a>, Richard Neustadt of the Federal Security Agency, and other local and national leaders during the removal process. In a letter to General <a href=\"/wiki/John_DeWitt\" title=\"John DeWitt\">DeWitt</a>, for instance, he requested that elderly and handicapped individuals be allowed to remain and that students be permitted to complete their education. Despite his efforts, Kanai held that mass confinement was a \"tragic error\" that negated Nisei citizenship. In vocalizing his convictions, he was labeled an \"enemy\" of the <a href=\"/wiki/Japanese_American_Citizens_League\" title=\"Japanese American Citizens League\">Japanese American Citizens League</a>; in following his convictions, he was sentenced to six months in prison.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref6_6-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref6-6\">[6]</a></sup>\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Challenging_the_Evacuation_Order\">Challenging the Evacuation Order</span></h2>\n<p>Kanai neither presented himself for arrest nor attempted to hide his movements; he simply remained in the city after May 20th—the date set for San Francisco's \"evacuation\"—and on June 1, Kanai tested removal and confinement orders by leaving the Bay Area. \n</p><p>Having expressed concern that racism would embitter young Nisei, Kanai fittingly spent his last days of freedom conferring with colleges and universities, various student groups, and other concerned individuals east of the exclusion zone.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref7_7-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref7-7\">[7]</a></sup> On July 11, 1942, Kanai's valuable service came to an end when he was apprehended by the FBI while attending a YMCA convention near Milwaukee. Four days later, he appeared before the district court where he was charged under the terms of Public Law 503.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref8_8-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref8-8\">[8]</a></sup>\n</p><p>Kanai petitioned for a writ of <a href=\"/wiki/Habeas_corpus\" title=\"Habeas corpus\">habeas corpus</a>, which was heard two weeks after his initial trial. He and his legal counsel—liberal-minded lawyers Perry Stearns, Marvin Fein, and Arthur Richter—unsuccessfully argued that the exclusion zone was unconstitutional. The court denied his petition on the grounds that the defendant openly admitted that he left Military Zone 1 with full knowledge that he was violating the law and that the court would not challenge the President's executive order or the actions of military commanders in their efforts to protect the nation.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref9_9-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref9-9\">[9]</a></sup> The judge later added that Kanai's release would have \"lead thousands of Japanese to believe they could disregard any instructions of military authorities.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref10_10-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref10-10\">[10]</a></sup> Kanai was extradited to San Francisco and, like <a href=\"/wiki/Fred_Korematsu\" title=\"Fred Korematsu\">Fred Korematsu</a>, tried under Public Law 503. On August 27, 1942, Lincoln Kanai was sentenced to six months at Fort Lewis, Washington.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref11_11-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref11-11\">[11]</a></sup> He declined to appeal the conviction.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Legacy\">Legacy</span></h2>\n<p>On February 6, 1943, the <a href=\"/wiki/Heart_Mountain_Sentinel_(newspaper)\" title=\"Heart Mountain Sentinel (newspaper)\"><i>Heart Mountain Sentinel</i></a> announced Kanai's arrival from Fort Lewis. Having been released two months early for good behavior, Kanai expressed no resentment for his imprisonment, indicating, instead, that the experience strengthened his convictions. Notably, Kanai's reputation for social advocacy preceded him, and he was offered an advisory position with the Norris Foundation by the time he had arrived in camp.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref12_12-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref12-12\">[12]</a></sup> Later that year, in October, Kanai was granted clearance to leave <a href=\"/wiki/Heart_Mountain\" title=\"Heart Mountain\">Heart Mountain</a> for Milwaukee in order to teach and advise underprivileged boys for the foundation. In 1950, Kanai relocated to Battle Mountain, Michigan, where he remained until his death in 1982. The details of his life there are uncertain.\n</p><p>As one of only twelve attempts to challenge the evacuation order, Kanai's case—though seemingly minor—was a noteworthy act of civil disobedience.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref13_13-0\"><a href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref13-13\">[13]</a></sup> At a time when community and family pressures forced many Nisei to comport with an overwhelming posture of quiet compliance, Lincoln Kanai boldly faced potential ostracism and intimidation in order to lay claim to his constitutional rights.\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a href=\"/wiki/Kyna_Herzinger\" title=\"Kyna Herzinger\">Kyna Herzinger</a>, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Herzinger, Kyna</div>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>United States Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. <i>Personal Justice Denied</i>. Wash., D.C.: Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, 1997.\n</p><p>Irons, Peter. <i>Justice at War</i>. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.\n</p><p>Robinson, Greg. <i>A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America</i>. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">University of Hawai'i Registrar's Office, e-mail message to author, July 2012.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Letter, February 16, 1942, Joseph R. Goodman Papers, California Historical Society.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Letter, March 23, 1942, Joseph R. Goodman Papers, California Historical Society.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref4-4\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref4_4-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Tolan Committee, <i>Hearings</i>, Part 29, pp. 11266-67.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref5-5\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref5_5-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Letter, February 16, 1942, Joseph R. Goodman Papers, California Historical Society.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref6-6\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref6_6-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">James M. Omura, interviewed by Arthur A. Hansen, August 22-2, 1984, <i>Japanese American World War II Evacuation Oral History Project, Part IV: Resisters</i>.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref7-7\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref7_7-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Letter, February 16, 1942, Joseph R. Goodman Papers, California Historical Society; \"Despite Imprisonment, Kanai Defends Democratic Ideals,\" <i>Heart Mountain Sentinel</i>, February 6, 1943, 6. Kanai's efforts were part of a larger, multi-organizational effort to coordinate the resettlement of Japanese American students.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref8-8\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref8_8-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Public Law 503 reads in part, \"That whoever shall enter, remain in, leave, or commit any act in any military area or military zone prescribed...contrary to the restrictions applicable to any such area or zone or contrary to the order of the Secretary of War or any such military commander, shall, it if appears that he knew or should have known of the existence and extent of the restrictions or order and that his act was in violation thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be liable to a fine of not to exceed $5,000 or to imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, for each offense.\" \"Jap Arrested By FBI Agent in Wisconsin,\" <i>Capitol Times</i>, July 12, 1942, 3; \"Bay Japanese Seized by G-Men,\" <i>Oakland Tribune</i>, July 16, 1942, 1.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref9-9\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref9_9-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\"><i>Ex Parte Lincoln Seiichi Kanai</i> 46 F. Supp 286 (July 29, 1942).</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref10-10\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref10_10-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">\"Release of American-Jap Is Refused,\" <i>Sheboygan Press</i>, July 30, 1942, 4.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref11-11\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref11_11-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Greg Robinson, <i>A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America</i> (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), 219.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref12-12\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref12_12-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">\"Despite Imprisonment, Kanai Defends Democratic Ideals,\" <i>Heart Mountain Sentinel</i>, February 6, 1943, 6.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref13-13\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref13_13-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Peter Irons, <i>Justice at War</i> (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983), 75.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.140 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.145 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 431/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 1982/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2132/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 333/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 5/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:195-0!*!0!!en!*!* and timestamp 20170309221134 and revision id 21677\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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