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Bill Toru Nishimura

Gardena Buddhist Church, Gardena Gardeners' Association

Bill Toru Nishimura was born in 1920 in Compton, California, to Issei parents who farmed in Los Angeles County until the family was sent to Poston (Arizona) Camp III in August 1942. In answer to the infamous questions No. 27 and 28, Mr. Nishimura replied that he would serve in the U.S. military when his civil rights were restored. Subsequently, he was sent to the Tule Lake Camp, then to Santa Fe, and eventually was released from the Crystal City, Texas, detention center in 1947. He broke his decades-long silence regarding his World War II experience and has spoken frequently at Tule Lake Pilgrimages and other relocation camp events. Mr. Nishimura remains active in the Gardena Buddhist Church and Gardena Gardeners' Association.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

The Tule Lake Segregation Center: Its History and Significance [AUDIO]
Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Poet, playwright and actor; American Book Award, 2005
Bill Toru Nishimura, Gardena Buddhist Church, Gardena Gardeners' Association
Barbara Takei, Writer/researcher
Morgan Yamanaka, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University


Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Redwood A & B
Topic: Dignity