UH Law School Professor Eric Yamamoto Examines Those Lessons His New Book, “In the Shadow of Korematsu”

Alan Suemori

Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

To many of us, we are living in an America that today appears increasingly unrecognizable. As our nation makes a hard turn to the right, we are voyaging through the shadow side of the American dream. Instead of listening to our higher angels of compassion, justice and tolerance, we have as a nation retreated into the darkness of isolationism, exclusion and persecution. The landmarks of this new geography may look the same as yesterday, but the terrain is decidedly different.

Into this morass has come a remarkable book from Oxford University Press, a leading academic publisher, that attempts to offer a way out of our current dystopia. Penned by legal scholar and University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law professor Eric K. Yamamoto, “In the Shadow of Korematsu: Democratic Liberties and National Security” is a clear-eyed yet eloquent appeal to common sense and reason in a time of chaos.

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