75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the creation of military areas along the west coast from which “any and all persons may be excluded” at the discretion of the Secretary of War. This order resulted in the mass deportation and incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese-American citizens and residents of Japanese descent on the premise that they constituted a security risk vis-a-vis the war with Japan. These families were forced to leave their homes and nearly all of their belongings and were placed in remote military-guarded camps for the next two and a half years.

California State University, Dominguez Hills plans to mark this dark point in U.S. history with a number of activities and events.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

 

Schedule of Events

April

April 3, 2017

11am-2 p.m. | Loker Student Union
Community Engagement Symposium


This fourth annual Community Engagement Symposium showcases the numerous community engagement projects in which our students, faculty and staff are engaged. The keynote speakers during the lunch will be Dr. Don Hata, CSUDH emeritus professor of history, and Ms. Mary Higuchi, giving the talk "Why All Americans Need to Remember: The 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and America's Concentration Camps"

April 12, 2017

7-9 p.m. | Loker Student Union
Patricia Eliet Memorial Lecture


Karen Tei Yamashita will be the guest speaker at this annual memorial lecture. Yamashita is the critically acclaimed author of Tropic of Orange.

April 18, 2017

7:30 p.m. | University Theatre
Music Behind Barbed Wires

A performance of songs in relation to the Japanese incarceration camps. Performers include the Taiko Group, Calle Mayor Middle School Choir and more.


 

Past Events

February 6-8, 2017

FILM SERIES  (Download flyer [pdf]) 

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February 6

4-7 p.m.

"Farewell to Manzanar"

followed by a talk with actor Clyde Kusatsu

Loker Student Union Ballroom A

February 7

4-7 p.m.

"Going for Honor, Going for Broke"

"MIS Human Secret Weapon"

followed by a talk with the "Going for Honor, Going for Broke" writer, director and producer, Rafu Shimpo columnist George Toshio Johnston

Extended Education Auditorium, EE-1213

February 8

4-7 p.m.

 "Children of the Camps"

followed by a talk with director Satsuki Ina

Extended Education Auditorium, EE-1213

 

February 9, 2017

1-2 p.m.

The Ongoing Friendship: Re-dedication of the Shinwa-en Japanese Garden at CSU Dominguez Hills

President Hagan will kick off an opening exercise that will be highlighted by the unveiling of a plaque of remembrance.  Artistic performances, to include Okinawan dancers, will also be featured.

Japanese Garden, SBS building, first floor
2:30-5:15 p.m.

Symposium: And Then They Came for Us...marking the 75th anniversary of EO 9066

Loker Student Union Ballroom C
5:30 p.m.

Archives Exhibition: And Then They Came for Us...

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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 (CSU) system that are 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.

Library Cultural Arts Gallery, LIB-1940
7-8 p.m.

Keynote Address with Dr. Satsuki Ina

Dr. Ina is a filmmaker and psychotherapist who was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center during World War II. She has also produced two documentary films about the Japanese American concentration camp experience which have been broadcast nationally on PBS: Children of the Camps and From a Silk Cocoon.

Loker Student Union Ballroom C

February 16, 2017

Musical Concert
Time TBD | University Theatre
A performance of songs in relation to the Japanese incarceration camps

 

February 21, 2017

3:30-5 p.m. | Levy Adult Center, Room 2, 3420 W. 229th Place, Torrance, CA
Osher Lecture Series: The 75th Anniversary of EO 9066


A powerful lecture by two people who were among those who were incarcerated as young children,  Don Hata, CSUDH emeritus professor of history, and Hatsuko Mary Higuchi, award-winning artist. Presented by the CSUDH Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

 

February 22, 2017

10 a.m.-noon | CSUDH Extended Education Auditorium EE-1213
Osher Lecture Series: The 75th Anniversary of EO 9066


A powerful lecture by two people who were among those who were incarcerated as young children,  Don Hata, CSUDH emeritus professor of history, and Hatsuko Mary Higuchi, award-winning artist.  Presented by the CSUDH Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.