2013 Day of Remembrance events


A DAY WELL REMEMBERED ­— President Ronald Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 on Aug. 10, 1988 in Washington, D.C. courtesy of Densho, Kinoshita Family Collection

In memory of the Nikkei who were detained in Hawai‘i during World War II, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will celebrate its Day of Remembrance at 1 p.m. at its Manoa Grand Ballroom, 2454 South Beretania St., Honolulu. The event will explore the lessons of the wartime incarceration of persons of Japanese descent from the perspective of an educator, civil rights advocate, legislator and high school student. The classroom adaptation of documentary, “The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i,” will premiere, and a candle lighting ceremony honoring the memory of Hawai‘i’s former inmates will close the formal program. Admission is free and open to the public. Info: www.jcch.com, (808) 945-7633.

As part of the Day of Remembrance celebrations and as a show of support for a new resolution against indefinite detention, which is being introduced to the S.F. Board of Supervisors during the same day, a press conference and rally will be held on the front steps of S.F. City Hall, at Van Ness Ave. (between McAllister and Grove) at 1 p.m. Speakers will include David Chiu, president of the S.F. Board of Supervisors; and Karen Korematsu, co-founder of the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education; Joe Nicholson, of the San Francisco 99% Coalition. Nadia Kayyali, of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, will serve as the emcee. Info: nadia@bordc.org, http://bit.ly/10Glgbt.

The Sonoma County chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League will present its Day of Remembrance workshop, “The Parallels Between Pearl Harbor and 9/11: Lessons from History” at The Memorial Hall, Enmanji Buddhist Temple, 1200 Gravenstein Highway, South, Sebastopol, Calif. at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Imam Ali Siddiqui, executive director of Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies and Understanding. Donations will be accepted at the door. Info: sonomacojacl@yahoo.com.

The Livingston-Merced Japanese American Citizens League will host its annual Day of Remembrance banquet at the Merced County Fairgrounds, Pavilion Building, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced, Calif. This year’s theme is “Baseball in the Camps.” Samuel Regalado, sports historian and professor at California State University, Stanislaus, will be the keynote speaker. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. Info: janetf127@gmail.com.

The Northern California Time of Remembrance committee (Florin, Lodi, Placer County and Sacramento chapters of the Japanese American Citizens League) will hold a screening of “Honor and Sacrifice: Nisei Patriots in the MIS.” The film chronicles Roy Matsumoto and his service in the Military Intelligence Service as a member of the famed “Merrill’s Marauders.” Matsumoto’s parents were living in Hiroshima when that city was destroyed by the atomic bomb. The Nikkei was charged with interrogating family members who served in the Japanese Army during the American occupation following the war. A highly decorated Nisei soldier, Matsumoto has been honored in both the Army Ranger and MIS halls of fame. Matsumoto will attend the event with his wife and daughter following the premiere showing and reception. The screening will begin at 1 p.m. at the Secretary of State’s Auditorium, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, Calif. Donations will be accepted at the door: $20 adults, $15 students. Info: (916) 427-2841, www.nctor.org.

The Japanese American National Museum will host the 2013 Community Day of Remembrance program from 2 to 4 p.m. at 100 North Central Ave., in LA’s Little Tokyo. The event’s theme is “The 25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988: Our Struggle, Our Perseverance, Our Commitment.” It will highlight the various efforts, grassroots and legislative, that ultimately led to the signing of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act with footage from the Los Angeles Commission Hearings and voices from prominent redress figures and experts. In addition, there will also be a special tribute to late Sen. Daniel Inouye. Stephanie Nitahara, regional director of the Japanese American Citizens League Pacific Southwest District, and Soji Kashiwagi, executive producer of the Grateful Crane Ensemble, will serve as emcees. Bruce Embrey, of the Manzanar Committee, will moderate a panel discussion. A reception at the museum will follow the program. Info: JACL-PSW, (213) 626-4471.

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance, “Civil Liberties Act of 1988: Reassessing Redress … 25 Years Later will take place at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema, 1881 Post St., in S.F.’s Japantown, from 2 to 4 p.m. This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawai‘i. Frank Wu, chancellor and dean of University of California, Hastings College of the Law, will give the keynote speech, and Rep. Mark Takano, the first openly gay congressmember of color, will also speak. Rev. Michael Yoshii of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church will receive the Dr. Clifford I. Uyeda Peace and Humanitarian Award. Jana Katsuyama will serve as the emcee of the event. A reception will follow the ceremony at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in S.F.’s Japantown. Admission is free. Info and reservations: (415) 921-5007.

The 33rd annual San Jose Day of Remembrance will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth St. in San Jose’s Japantown. This year’s program is entitled “The Changing Face of America.” Simran Kaur, the advocacy director of the Sikh Coalition, Molly Kitajima, a Japanese Canadian who was incarcerated by the Canadian government during World War II, Rep. Mike Honda and Sara Jaka, from the South Bay Islamic Association, will speak. The program includes a performance by San Jose Taiko and a candle-lighting ceremony and remembrance, as well as a traditional candlelight procession through San Jose’s Japantown. The event is free and open to the public. Info: http://www.sjnoc.org, info@sjnoc.org.

The Central California District Council Japanese American Citizens League’s annual Day of Remembrance luncheon will feature local artist Nikiko Masumoto performing her one-woman show, “What We Could Carry,” beginning at 1 p.m. at Pardini’s at 2257, West Shaw Ave., Fresno, Calif. The event will also include a silent auction, raffle and the installation of officers. Registration starts at noon. Tickets are $35. Info: (559) 355-7217, r_mchung@yahoo.com.

The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee and Seattle University will host the Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival 2013 at Seattle University’s Pigott Atrium, 901 12th Ave., Seattle. Doors will open to the Pigott Atrium at noon. The Pigott Atrium will feature several exhibits that touch on the Japanese American Incarceration experience. Tickets range from $10 to $20.

The Portland chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League will celebrate its Day of Remembrance program at Portland State University at 2 p.m. at Hoffmann Hall, 1833 SW 11th Ave., Portland, Ore. The program will include a panel discussion of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and other legal challenges to the forced removal from the West Coast, the role of the National Japanese American Citizens League and Portland JACL in the redress effort, and current threats to civil liberties contained in the National Defense Authorization Act. The keynote speaker will be Floyd Mori, JACL national executive director emeritus.

The 2013 Chicago Day of Remembrance will focus on the Kooskia Internment Camp, which was located in a remote area of north central Idaho. Dr. Priscilla Wegars, author of “Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp,” will lecture on the little known story of the camp and the Issei men who labored there from 1943 to 1945. Copies of “Imprisoned in Paradise” will be available for purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow the presentation. The program starts at 2 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. The event is free and open to the public. Info: Karen Kanemoto (773) 275-0097 x 222.

The Nichi Bei Foundation will present “Films of Remembrance,” in conjunction with the Bay Area Day of Remembrance, at Nihonmachi Little Friends, 1830 Sutter St., in S.F.’s Japantown. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and feature a series of films about wartime incarceration followed by discussions. Filmmakers Sharon Yamato and Ken Kokka to attend. Schedule: 1:30 p.m. — “Jimmy Murakami: Non-Alien” followed by “The Tule Lake Documentary”; 3 p.m. — “Hidden Internment: The Art Shibayama Story”; 4 p.m. — “A Flicker in Eternity”; 4:40 p.m.: “Blossoms and Thorns: A Community Uprooted”; 5:30 p.m. — A Divided Community: Three Personal Stories of Resistance” followed by “The JACL Apologizes.” Free admission, limited seating. Co-sponsored by the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium and National Japanese American Historical Society. Donations welcome. Info: www.dayofremembrance.org, www.nichibei.org.

The Monterey Peninsula chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League will host the five-chapter (Gilroy, Salinas Valley, San Benito County and Watsonville-Santa Cruz) observance of the Day of Remembrance at the site of the Salinas Assembly Center, where Nikkei were incarcerated during World War II while waiting to be sent to permanent facilities. The program will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Salinas Community Center, Santa Lucia Room, 940 North Main St., Salinas, Calif. This year’s event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of redress and the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which acknowledged that the government violated the United States Constitution, in stripping Nikkei of their civil rights during World War II. The program will include the unveiling of “Twice Heroes,” the photographic essay and interviews with author Tom Graves. Graves will introduce his book and talk about the motivation to produce the book and the significance of preserving this memory. The program is free and open to the public.

New York City will hold its Day of Remembrance from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Japanese United Church, 255 7th Ave., NYC. This year’s theme, “Healing the Legacy of No-No: Tule Lake Pilgrimage,” will focus on the legacy of those who were incarcerated at Tule Lake Segregation Center. The program will include mixed media, panelists and intergenerational discussion groups modeled after the Tule Lake Pilgrimage. The program will also pay tribute to the lives of Dr. Setsuko Nishi and Jimmy Mirikitani and others who have recently passed. The program will conclude with the traditional candle lighting ceremony and a community potluck. Donations will be accepted.

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