This event finished on 17 February 2017.
Remembrance to Action: Lessons from the wartime internment of Japanese Americans
February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the U.S. military to forcibly remove and incarcerate 120,000 Japanese Americans based on their ancestry.
To commemorate the anniversary, a trio of linked programs are planned including an exhibition, teach-in, and closing ceremony honoring the anniversary of Executive Order 9066. The program titled, Remembrance to Action: Lessons from the wartime internment of Japanese Americans shares the stories from traveling exhibitions of Japanese Americans on the Central Coast including Cal Poly students whose education was forcibly interrupted as a result of their internment. Screening alongside the exhibitions will be a documentary short featuring Susy Eto Bauman from the film Lives Well Lived directed by Sky Bergman, and a participatory Shinto wishing wall.
A teach-in talk by Dr. Grace Yeh will be held on Thursday January 26th, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennedy Library room 111H Her talk “Remembrance to Action: A conversation on civil liberties, Japanese American internment, the Muslim registry and the discourse of fear” revisits the experiences of Japanese Americans as a reminder of how fear and prejudice can threaten the civil liberties of all people, including Muslim Americans and immigrants seeking to enter the U.S. who are faced with the threat of registry.
Schedule of Events
Exhibit: January 26th – Feb. 17th, 1st floor Community Gallery, Kennedy Library
Teach-in: January 26th, 12pm-2pm, Kennedy Library room 111H
Closing Ceremony: February 17th, 4 PM to 5 PM, Kennedy Library 1st floor community gallery
In collaboration with:
Kennedy Library, Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association and the Ethnic Studies Department