University marks anniversary of Japanese-American internment
CSU Dominguez Hills Marks 75th Anniversary of executive order to incarcerate Japanese-Americans during World War II CARSON – California State University, Dominguez Hills’ will host a daylong commemoration, Feb. 9, marking the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 (EO9066),
CSU Dominguez Hills Marks 75th Anniversary of executive order to incarcerate Japanese-Americans during World War II
CARSON – California State University, Dominguez Hills’ will host a daylong commemoration, Feb. 9, marking the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 (EO9066), which authorized the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Renowned filmmaker Satsuki Ina, who was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center during the war, will present the keynote address for the event.
The keynote address occurs from 7-8 p.m., in the Loker Student Union Ballroom C. Ina’s documentary films about the Japanese American concentration camp experience “Children of the Camps” and “From a Silk Cocoon,” have been broadcast nationally on PBS. She has just completed a book based on letters, diaries, and poetry written by her parents, who were held in separate camps.
The dark period in U.S. history swirls around Feb. 19, 1942, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed EO9066 authorizing the creation of military areas along with west coast from which “any and all persons may be excluded” at the discretion of the secretary of war. The order paved the way for the government to remove tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese descent and Japanese immigrants from their homes and place them in military guarded camps for over two years.
In recognition of the important lessons to be learned from this dark point in U.S. history, CSUDH is marking the 75th anniversary of EO9066 throughout the spring semester with both a curriculum focus in a number of classes and activities open to the public. Feb. 9 will be the focal point of the commemoration, with a series of events throughout the day:
Re-dedication of the Shinwa-en Japanese Garden: From 1-2 p.m., first floor Social and Behavioral Sciences building. The Shinwa-en Japanese Garden was constructed in 1979 by local Japanese gardeners as a gift to the university. The re-dedication ceremony will include words from historian and novelist Naomi Hirahara, whose parents survived the Hiroshima bombing. The ceremony will be followed immediately by the academic symposium.
Symposium marking the 75th anniversary of EO 9066: From 2:30-5:15 p.m., Loker Student Union Ballroom C. “And Then They Came for Us….” The symposium will feature two presentations:
- Tom Ikeda, the founding executive director of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. Ikeda, whose parents and grandparents were incarcerated during World War II at Minidoka, Idaho, has also conducted more than 200 video-recorded oral history interviews with Japanese Americans.
- Kim Yasuda, an artist, and professor of public practice in the Department of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, whose work investigates the role of art, artists, and educational institutions in community development and civic life.
5:30 p.m., Library Cultural Arts Gallery, LIB-1940: “And Then They Came For Us… Archival Exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066.” The exhibition will provide an up-close look at materials from the collections in the archives at CSUDH as well archival materials from throughout the California State University system that is part of the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project (CSUJAD). The project is led by CSUDH and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Park Service.
“The point of this commemoration is to continue to show our students and the public the connection between civil rights and freedom and fear and security. It had echoes after 9-11. It echoes today,” said Greg Williams, director of Archives and Special Collections, principal investigator on the CSUJAD project and curator of the exhibition.
CSUDH’s EO9066 anniversary commemoration will continue through April 2017 with a musical concert and additional lectures. For a full schedule of events or more information, visit www.csudh.edu/9066.