Ernest Wakayama (left)

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Ernest Wakayama (far left) and his wife Toki filed a lawsuit disputing the constitutionality of the government’s exclusion of Japanese Americans from the west coast. Their case was complicated because Ernest was charged with conducting an “illegal” meeting in Japanese at the Santa Anita Assembly Center. The gathering was a civic meeting to discuss assembly center business. Because the majority of participants understood Japanese more easily than English, the meeting was conducted in Japanese. The Wakayamas eventually dropped their lawsuit after an embittered Ernest, a World War I veteran, applied for patriation to Japan. Courtesy of Herald Examiner Collection / Los Angeles Public Library

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