Stewart Ikeda has been an outspoken advocate for civil liberties and social justice. He has spoken, taught and published extensively on the exclusion and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the movement for reparations and redress, and the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and its implications today.
His award-winning book, What the Scarecrow Said (HarperCollins ReganBooks), chronicles this sad chapter of American history through the eyes of multiple generations of a Japanese American family, from the late nineteenth century to the close of the twentieth.
His essays on these topics have appeared in such publications as the collection Last Witnesses, The Pacific Citizen Newspaper of the Japanese American Citizens League, NikkeiWest, New American Media, IMDiversity Asian-American Village and many others.
He has spoken in media and panels at such venues as: Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, the Japanese American National Museum, the Arizona Humanities Council, Delaware Arts Council, and Association for Asian American Studies, as well as in numerous college settings.
Ikeda also contributed to projects through the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund to address diverse audiences ranging from schoolchildren to college and senior groups.