Japanese Day of Remembrance: "Remember, Not Remember: Developing an Exhibit on Japanese American Incarceration"

Join us for two presentations and a discussion surrounding Japanese incarceration.

On Feb. 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 authorized the United States military to conduct a mandatory evacuation of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. In Washington state, nearly 13,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in incarceration camps for the duration of World War II.

In the fourth grade, Yosh Nakagawa was sent to "Camp Harmony‚Äč" (a misguided name for the Puyallup Assembly Center) in the Puyallup Fairgrounds and later incarcerated at Minidoka. Nakagawa will share his story, the significance of breaking silence, and a call to action for future generations to ensure that these injustices cease to continue.

Gwen Whiting, Lead Curator at the Washington State Historical Society, has worked on developing an upcoming exhibit for the Washington State History Museum on Japanese American incarceration. Her talk will center collecting stories and images that bring permanence to remembering Japanese American incarceration in the surrounding Sound.


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