Roger Shimomura Lawrence Artist Roger Shimomura On Stereotypes, Japanese-American Internment Camps By Jen Chen • Dec 7, 2016 Régine Debatty / Flickr -- CC Even though he was born in the United States, artist Roger Shimomura still gets asked where he’s from. Or he’s told that he speaks English really well. “The presumption is that if you’re Asian, you must be foreign to this country,” he told host Gina Kaufmann on KCUR’s Central Standard. Memories Of Barbed Wires And Guard Towers By Laura Spencer • Feb 10, 2012 Seventy years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This action, just a few months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, forced an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps.