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Kent Morita: A No-No Boy Comes Alive in Manzanar

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This Culture & Code case study explores Moment in Manzanar ( – an interactive educational film, featuring a conversational experience powered by generative AI.

The audience engages with “Ichiro,”a fictional Japanese American character representing the experience of incarceration at he Manzanar concentration camp during World War II.

Ichiro is portrayed by a digital AI actor. “Moment in Manzanar” seeks to empower a historically marginalized Japanese American voice from the 1940s.

According to its creator Kent Morita, the goal is to demonstrate that technology can give voice to the historically voiceless in a compelling manner.

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