Oyama v. California:

Confronting Alien Land Laws

The Oyama Land, 1934, ACLU San Diego

In 1945, Fred and Kajiro Oyama initiated a court case against the California Alien Land Law when California tried to take their legally-owned land. Their victory was a defining moment in the fight to remove legal barriers preventing Japanese-Americans from owning land, and in developing the Supreme Court’s approach for racial and civil rights cases during the 1950s and 60s.


Thanhtruc Mai
Junior Individual Website
Word Count: 1,200 words
Media Time: 2:12 minutes
Process Paper Count: 499 words