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
More at: www.tucsondart.org