…[Attending this conference] gives me hope for the community’s ability to live up to and make newly relevant the legacy of wartime incarceration, even after the last survivor of the camps has passed on.
GregGreg Robinson, Ph.D., 2013 National Conference Presenter, Professor of History, Université du Québec À Montréal
Thank you to all who joined us at our fourth National Conference, Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity, held July 4–7, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.
Participants came from 23 states, as well as from Canada and Japan, to participate in a robust program commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act, which granted redress and reparations to Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. National conference attendees had the opportunity to learn not only about the Civil Liberties Act, but also about the efforts of the Pacific Northwest’s Japanese American community in its creation and passage.
Conference offerings included keynotes, panel presentations, a Community Marketplace, Expo, exhibitions, and field trips to Bainbridge Island and Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. A number of panels were devoted to hearing from those incarcerated in the War Relocation Authority camps of Heart Mountain, Minidoka, Tule Lake, and Manzanar.
This conference was organized in conjunction with the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington and the University of Washington, Department of Ethnic Studies. With their help, this conference continued JANM’s ability to connect and outreach to its national, multi-generational constituents, in keeping with past conferences in Los Angeles, California (2002), Little Rock, Arkansas (2004), and Denver, Colorado (2008).