Image: Toyo Miyatake
It’s a powerful image: three young boys standing behind a barbed wire fence. Behind them the terrain looks harsh and barren. Out of context, one might assume it’s from some war-torn region where human rights may not be a high priority. In fact, these boys are Americans. More precisely, they’re Americans of Japanese heritage who were incarcerated during WWII for the crime of having ancestors from a country that was at war with the USA.