Quiet Heroes; A Century of American Quakers' Love and Help for the Japanese and Japanese-Americans

By Tsukasa Sugimura

American Quakers occupy a special place in the minds of the Japanese and Japanese-Americans as "quiet heroes" for selfless acts of humanitarian assistance and resistance to racism throughout the 20th Century. In response to the devastation of earthquakes and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as in response to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, members of the Society of Friends uniquely perceived their Japanese and Japanese-American neighbors as fellow humans, worthy of respect, engagement and support.

Pastor Tsukasa Sugimura offers a personal tribute to the work of the Quakers as he documents this important history.