Day of Remembrance 2015 events

The Day of Remembrance marks the 73rd anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin D. Roosevelt which led to the mass incarceration. The Day of Remembrance commemorates the injustices, race prejudice, hardships of 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II.

Editor’s Note: This is not a comprehensive list.                                          

SATURDAY, FEB. 14

The Northern California Time of Remembrance will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at The California Museum, 1020 O St. in Sacramento, Calif., focusing on photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr.’s “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit” exhibit on display at the museum. The exhibit juxtaposes photos War Relocation Authority photographers took, with his own contemporary photos of the same individuals. Tickets include entry to the presentation, refreshments, admission to the museum exhibits and parking; $20 adults, $15 college students. Info: (916) 427-2841, http://www.nctor.org.

SUNDAY, FEB. 15

Nihonmachi Outreach Committee presents its 35th annual Day of Remembrance program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth St. in San Jose’s Japantown. The program will include speakers from the community, Rep. Mike Honda (invited), the traditional candlelight procession through Japantown, capped with a performance by San Jose Taiko. Honors the memory of Nikkei who were incarcerated in World War II concentration camps and aims to renew the community’s commitment to equality and justice for all people. Event is free and open to the public. Info: (408) 505-1186, www.sjnoc.org.

The Japanese American Citizens League’s Central California District Council will hold its annual installation banquet and Day of Remembrance luncheon at Pardini’s Restaurant at 2257 West Shaw Ave. in Fresno, Calif. Event will begin with a social hour from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the luncheon and program from 1 to 3 p.m. Keynote Speaker: John Tateishi, former JACL National Director. Presentation of Distinguished American Awards: Spirit of Justice: John Tateishi and Spirit of Education: Saburo and Marion Masada. Reservation Deadline Feb. 8. Mail check payable to CCDC-JACL (must send completed form and check to Travis Nishi, PO Box 26925 Fresno, CA. Info: (559) 281-6497.

The Minidoka Pilgrimage and Seattle University will present the Day of Remembrance 2015 Taiko Concert at 2 p.m. at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Ave., Seattle (Exhibit hall opens at 1 p.m.). Taiko groups will perform. The free exhibit in the Paccar Atrium, outside the auditorium, will include displays about the Minidoka Pilgrimage, Seattle University, National Park Service the Minidoka National Historic Site and the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee/NVC Foundation. Raffle sales and a general store will support the work of the Minidoka Pilgrimage. Concert benefits the 13th annual Minidoka Pilgrimage from Seattle, Portland, and across the nation to the former concentration camp in Idaho. Tickets: http://dayofremembrancetaiko2015.bpt.me/. Bring ID for tickets at will call. Info: (206) 296-6260.

The Chicago History Museum will host its annual Day of Remembrance, “Women Warriors: From Incarceration to Redress and Beyond,” from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1601 North Clark St. in Chicago, Ill. Event will focus on the “leadership roles women have played (and are continuing to play) in the Japanese American community.” Peggy A. Nagae, the lead attorney for Minoru Yasui in reopening his World War II Supreme Court case, will discuss Yasui’s views about having a woman lawyer represent him and women’s leadership within the Japanese American community, as well as the role Mitsuye Endo played, and a new effort to secure the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Yasui. Event is free. Museum admission must be purchased to enter exhibitions before or after the event. Info: (312) 642-4600.

TUESDAY, FEB. 17 THROUGH THURSDAY, MARCH 12

A “temporary interactive public art fence installation” will be on display at DeAnza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, Calif., to “explore the connections between civil liberty, segregation, and mass incarceration, past and present.” The “chain link fence sections will surround the flag pole in the main quad,” as students and community members will be “invited to add hand drawn tags to share their own stories, feelings, and ideas for change. Printed tags with text and images will refer to Japanese American internment camps, Jim Crow laws, and the prison industrial complex. Collaborative artwork from Euphrat Museum Art & Social Justice Leadership Institute will also be incorporated. Vertical tags will be reminiscent of those given to Japanese Americans under Executive Order 9066. Horizontal tags could mirror the shape of Colored and White only segregation signs and references to the prison industrial complex might include silhouettes of corporate logos.” Info: Contact Tom Izu at (408) 864-8986. Event is wheelchair accessible. Sign language interpreter or other accommodations available upon request five business days prior to event.

THURSDAY, FEB. 19

DeAnza College’s 13th annual Day of Remembrance commemoration at Campus Center, Conference Rooms A&B, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, Calif., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The community now uses this date to encourage participation in the defense of civil liberties and has promoted reflection and understanding of racial profiling such as the post-Sept. 11 terrorist attacks scapegoating of Muslims and Arab Americans and the long-standing police brutality and mass incarceration targeting African Americans and others. This year’s event will also share lessons learned from the movement to win redress/reparations for the wartime incarceration. Info: Contact Tom Izu at (408) 864-8986.Info: https://www.deanza.edu/califhistory/events-2015%20civil%20liberties%20project.html.

“The Day of Remembrance: Legacy of Heart Mountain” will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the American History Museum, at the First Floor, Center, Warner Bros. Theater in Washington, D.C. ABC-7’s David Ono’s “The Legacy of Heart Mountain” will be screened, followed by a panel discussion moderated by University of Massachusetts professor Franklin Odo, with panelists film producer David Ono; former Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, who is featured in the film; Alice Takemoto, a Nisei who was imprisoned in the Jerome War Authority Center in Arkansas; Paul Takemoto, author of “Nisei Memories: My Parents Talk About the War Years” and Shirley Higuchi, the chairperson of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation. Spoken-word artist G. Yamazawa will perform. Event is free. Info: http://t.co/iXBhoyDNaj.

SATURDAY, FEB. 21

The Nichi Bei Foundation presents the fourth annual Films of Remembrance, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. in S.F. Japantown. Info: www.nichibei.org/films-of-remembrance or see page 9.

The 2015 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance will take place at the Japanese American National Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. This year’s theme, “E.O. 9066 and the [In]Justice System,” “was inspired by both the traditional commemorative nature of the DOR and the current critical issues of how the United States justice system continues to harm communities of color with unaccountable police violence, profiling and mass incarceration.” Community activist Mike Murase will join Povi-Tamu Bryant, an L.A.-based organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement and Rey Fukuda, an Asian/Latino activist, in a conversation about the Japanese American community’s experiences and the current events impacting the African American community. Helen Ota, the director of development and marketing at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, and Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, assistant professor, Asian Pacific American Studies, Loyola Marymount University will serve as the emcees. Info: (213) 284-0336 or (213) 626-4471.

SUNDAY, FEB. 22

The 2015 Bay Area Day of Remembrance “Out of the Shadows of Infamy: Resistance Behind Barbed Wire” will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St. in S.F.’s Japantown, followed by a reception at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in S.F.’s Japantown. Features Emily Murase, Dr. Satsuki Ina, Jeff Adachi and Rep. Mike Honda. Music and taiko: Kallan Nishimoto. Donations will be accepted at the doors. Info: (415) 921-5007 or www.njahs.org. Wheelchair accessible event.

The 2015 Day of Remembrance will take place at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Hall, 1964 West 162nd St., Gardena, Calif. from 2 to 4 p.m. Event will feature Satsuki Ina, Ph.D. and her documentary film “Children of the Camps.” Ina is a licensed marriage and family therapist with specialization in inter-generational trauma. Painters of the “Henry Fukuhara Memorial Manzanar Paint Out” will display their work. Community members will have a chance to share and show their family’s history by displaying artifacts from their time in incarceration camps. Class is free, but registration required. Those who would like to share an artifact that represents their family’s history, are asked to e-mail Michelle Yamashiro at myamashiro@jci-gardena.org. Info: (310) 324-6611.

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