Day of Remembrance of E.O. 9066



    Panel discussion with experts on E.O. 9066, signed 75 years ago (on 2/19/42) by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, causing the internment of 120,000 Japanese civilians on American soil into 10 large relocation/internment camps. 2/3 of these were U.S. Citizens.  Several of the panel members were directly affected by the internment and relocation.

    “Join us to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of over 100,000 Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. War hysteria and racial prejudice allowed the government to institute a mass detention program based on “military justification.” Speakers include academic experts in history and politics from UA and ASU who have researched or have intimate knowledge of the camps.

    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Academic Panel discussion on Japanese American Internment during WWII featuring:
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, former Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
    Prof. Kathryn Nakagawa, ASU Associate Professor in Asian Pacific American Studies, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    Prof. Min Yanagihashi, UA (retired), East Asian Studies  Dept.

    Poet Heather Nagami will also do a reading at 12:30 p.m.  entitled “Acts of Translation” . Kathryn and Heather’s families were interned, Carolyn’s father was relocated during WWII.

    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Discussion on Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Triumphing over Adversity. Japanese American WWII Incarceration Reflections, Then and Now featuring:
    Paul Kitagaki, Jr., Photographer with Susie and Terry Matsunaga relating perspectives on incarceration from personal and family experiences.”

    Currently on exhibit at Tucson Desert Art Museum are 3 exhibits on the WWII internment, with photographs by Paul Kitagaki Jr. (who will be present as well), and artifacts from the camps, focusing on Gila River and Poston in Arizona.

    Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Triumphing over Adversity. Japanese American WWII Incarceration Reflections, Then and Now; 

    Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese American Incarceration in Arizona; 

    Art of Circumstance: Art and Artifacts Created by Japanese Americans Incarcerated During WWII

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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