75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066

 

A symposium marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 authorizing the mass incarceration of Japanese-American citizens during WWII.

 

 

  FEBRUARY 9, 2017

2:30-5:30 p.m.

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2:30-3:45 PM | "Unspoken: Sanctioned Photographs; Silent Memories (What he took; What she remembered)"

Kim YasudaKim Yasuda
Professor of Art
University of California, Santa Barbara

Kim Yasuda is an artist and professor of Public Practice in the Department of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work investigates the role of art, artists, and educational institutions in community development and civic life. The link between identity and place is at the foundation of Yasuda's sculptural installations and public art projects, with an aesthetic that has been long infused by Japanese sensibility. Growing up as a Japanese American in the Bay Area, Yasuda used lesser-known aspects of her ethnic identity as a point of departure for her art.

Mary T. Lacanlale, coordinator of Asian-Pacific Studies at CSUDH, will facilitate the talk.

Devon Tsuno, assistant professor of art at CSUDH, will serve as the faculty respondent.


4-5:15 PM | "Stories from the World War II Incarceration of Japanese American and Why it Matters Today"

Tom IkedaTom Ikeda
Executive Director
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

Tom is the founding Executive Director of Densho. He is a sansei (third generation Japanese American) who was born and raised in Seattle. His parents and grandparents were incarcerated during World War II at Minidoka, Idaho. During the last 20 years, Tom has conducted over 200 video-recorded, oral history interviews with Japanese Americans, created online and classroom curriculum, and trained over 1,000 teachers. Ikeda has received numerous awards for his historical contributions, including the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, the National JACL Japanese American of the Biennium award for Education, the Microsoft Technology for Good Award, and the Microsoft Alumni Fellows Award.

Using web technology, Densho provides access to over 400 video testimonies, 10,000 historical photos and documents, and in-depth teacher resources to explore principles of democracy by examining the World War II experiences of Japanese Americans.  

Laura Talamante, chair of the Department of History at CSUDH, will facilitate the talk.

Katherine Chu, adjunct faculty in Asian-Pacific Studies at CSUDH, will serve as the faculty respondent.


OPENING RECEPTION: AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US ARCHIVES EXHIBITION

5:30 PM

LIBRARY CULTURAL ARTS GALLERY, LIB-1940

 


KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Satsuki Ina

"Executive Order 9066: Echoes of the Past, Voices for the Future"

7-8 PM

LIBRARY SOUTH FIFTH FLOOR

Satsuki InaSatsuki Ina
Filmmaker and psychotherapist

Satsuki Ina, Ph.D., was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a maximum security concentration camp in Northern California, during World War II. She is professor emeritus in the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento. She is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of victims of historical and community trauma. She has produced two award-winning documentary films about the Japanese American concentration camp experience that have been nationally broadcast on PBS, "Children of the Camps" and "From a Silk Cocoon." She has recently served as consultant to the ACLU and other nonprofit organizations advocating for the humane treatment of asylum-seeking mothers and children from Central America who are being incarcerated in private prisons in Texas. Her forthcoming book, "Love in a Concentration Camp," is a collection of 182 letters written by her American-born parents while held in separate prison camps during WWII.