Japanese American National Museum
Redress Remembered

Public Programs

Reservations are recommended for all programs. All programs are free for National Museum members, unless otherwise noted. For non-members, programs are included with exhibition admission ($8 adults, $5 seniors 62 & over, $4 students and youth 6-17) unless otherwise noted. Children five and under are free. For more information call 213.625.0414.



Past Events


Saturday, Jan 19, 2008


Unfinished Business by Steven Okazaki

(Part 1 of 2)

Screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary about the World War II coram nobis cases. Special tour of the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with Professor Mitch Maki to follow.

Click here for more information about this program >>


2:00 PM


Saturday, Feb 2, 2008


Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and Redress: Reconsidering Roots

(Part 1 of 3)

FREE Admission

The first in this series, Reconsidering Roots, will focus on the role of Japanese American women in the redress movement. The panelists will each speak about a specific individual's contributions — Joy Morimoto on Sox Kitashima; Sharon Yamato on Michi Weglen; and Diana Meyers Bahr on Sue Kunitomi Embrey.

Presented in collaboration with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, George & Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress and Community, Asian American Studies, UCLA.


2:00 PM


Saturday, Feb 16, 2008


Community Day of Remembrance


The Day of Remembrance marks President Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which authorized the unconstitutional forced removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast and Hawai'i during World War II.

On August 10, 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which legislated monetary reparations and an offical apology to thousands of individuals whose rights had been violated almost 50 years earlier. The Civil Liberties Act was won through a grassroots campaign and the efforts of the entire community along with many justice minded people.

This 2008 Day of Remembrance program celebrates the grassroots activism starting with Japanese Americans testifying at government-sanctioned hearings in 1981, through letter writing and lobbying for redress, to the current demand for compensation for Japanese Latin Americans. Day of Remembrance programs are part of the continued need to educate and remember and it is a tradition for many colleges to hold Day of Remembrance events on their campuses.

"Unleashing Community Voices-Performance Art created by Traci Kato-Kiriyama - Video Highlights from the 1981 Commission Hearings and the Redress Campaign"
Japanese Latin American Redress: Rep. Xavier Becerra, Congressman 33rd District
Collegiate Days of Remembrances: USC, UC San Diego, UC Riverside
Light refreshments following program
Arrive early - limited seating
For more information: NCRR (213)680-3484, JACL (213)626-4471

Presented in collaboration with the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, the Japanese American Citizen’s League–Pacific Southwest, and the National Museum.


2:00 PM


Saturday, Mar 22, 2008


Resettlement to Redress: Rebirth of the Japanese American Community


(Part 2 of 2)

Our second Redress Remembered program will begin with a special screening of Resettlement to Redress. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with Adam Schrager, the author of The Principled Politician: The Ralph Carr Story.

The film and book are currently available in our Museum Store. Schrager will be signing copies following the program. In addition, there will be a special tour of Common Ground with Prof. Art Hansen at 1:30 and 3:30.


2:00 PM


Saturday, Apr 5, 2008


Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and Redress: Organizing the Community

(Part 2 of 3)

This program will feature first-hand accounts from participants in the major Redress/ Reparations organizations that held pride of place during the 1980s.

The current list of speakers include:

  • Chizu Omori, Seattle, on JACL/ Pacific Northwest region;

  • Aiko Herzig on her work with NCJAR, CWRIC, and Coram Nobis;

  • Lillian Nakano, on her work in NCRR

  • Susan Nakaoka (California State Dominguez Hills) will moderate.

    Presented in collaboration with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, George & Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress and Community, Asian American Studies, UCLA.

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    2:00 PM


    Saturday, Apr 19, 2008


    Fulfilling the Promise of America: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

    2008 Gala Dinner & Silent Auction
    Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel

    When President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 into law on August 10, 1988, providing an official apology and reparations to thousands of Japanese Americans unconstitutionally forced to leave their homes by their own government during World War II, it meant more than just vindication for those whose rights were violated. It represented a triumph of American democracy, a coming together of diverse groups and individuals, political organizations and elected officials, who supported this cause simply because it was the right thing to do.

    The Japanese American National Museum's 2008 Annual Gala Dinner will recognize some of the key players who helped to turn what was considered an impossible dream into the law of the land and why it is so important for all Americans today.

    Visit the Annual Dinner page for more information >>



    Saturday, May 17, 2008


    From One Generation to the Next

    events/2007-09-08_DiscoverNikkei____.jpg An inspiring interview with Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, with her daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Warren Furutani and their sons Joey and Sei, who share their involvement in the community from redress to public service to grass-roots organization. Moderated by Prof. Mitchell Maki. Presented in conjunction with Discover Nikkei and Nikkei Community Day.

    2:00 PM


    Thursday, Jul 3, 2008


    National Conference: Whose America? Who’s American? Diversity, Civil Liberties, and Social Justice

    events/enduringcommunities.gif 3–6 Thursday–Sunday • Denver, Colorado

    Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the National Conference examines connections between the WWII Japanese American experience and historical and contemporary issues surrounding democracy and civil rights.

    For more information, visit



    Saturday, Aug 2, 2008


    Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and Redress: Seeking Justice




    This program examines the coram nobis campaign and the Latin American Japanese “Campaign for Justice,” in relation to social issues facing multicultural America post-9/11.

    Presented in collaboration with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, George & Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress and Community, Asian American Studies, UCLA.


    2:00 PM


    Sunday, Aug 10, 2008


    America’s Promise



    To mark the signing date of the Civil Liberties Act on August 10, 1988, Prof. Mitchell Maki presents an overview of the redress movement and leads a panel discussion with individuals from select ethnic groups about redress in their own communities. Reception to follow.

    The panelists will include:

  • Dr. Christine Valenciana and Dr. Francisco E. Balderrama, who will discuss the deportation of Mexcian Americans during the 1930s
  • Clyde W. Namu'o, who will discuss Native Hawaiian struggles with redress and reparations
  • Dr. David L. Horne, who will discuss reparations in the African American community

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    2:00 PM


    Saturday, Oct 25, 2008


    Redress Remembered: WWII Rendition of Japanese Latin Americans


    During WWII, over 2200 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were kidnapped from 13 Latin American countries and interned in Department of Justice camps and Army facilities for the purpose of hostage exchange. Learn more about what they endured during WWII, their ongoing redress struggle to hold the US government accountable for war crimes, and lessons for present day challenges.


    Karen Parker, Esq.
    Counsel for former Japanese Peruvian internees in U.S. courts and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, with expertise in human rights and humanitarian (armed conflict) law

    Richard Katsuda
    Educator and Co-chair, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

    Craig Ishii
    Regional Director, Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American Citizens League

    Moderator: Grace Shimizu
    Director, Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, and Coordinator, Campaign For Justice: Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans!

    The program will include a spoken word performance by Naomi Quinones and a screening of the DVD trailer of "Stolen Lives," produced by Kiku Lani Iwata (Tara Entertainment).

    FREE! RSVP REQUIRED to 213.625.0414 ext. 2222, or (subject: JLA Redress).

    Presented in collaboration with Campaign for Justice: Redress Now For Japanese Latin Americans!, Japanese American Citizen's League–Pacific Southwest District, Discover Nikkei, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, and the National Museum. Co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of LA, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles (JABA).


    2:00 PM


    Friday, Aug 10, 2018


    Celebrating Japanese American Redress: A Promise for the Future


    If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.



    In honor of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, join us for an afternoon of reunion, reconnection, and reaffirmation of our commitment to democracy and justice.

    JANM President and CEO Ann Burroughs, GFBNEC President and CEO Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, and Karin Wang, Executive Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, will remind us that the fight for civil rights is most successful when done in solidarity across generations and regardless of race, class, gender, or any other single factor of identity.

    On this afternoon, the museum will be taking group photos of all those involved in the redress movement of the 1980s as well as those who would like to reaffirm their commitment to democracy today. Following the photos, light refreshments will be served and guests will be invited to pledge their personal commitment to civil liberties by signing our Commitment Banner.

    Admission to JANM is Pay What You Wish on this day. RSVPs are strongly recommended using the link below.

    Please note that priority seating will be assigned to those who have made reservations in advance. RSVPs will be released 15 minutes before opening, seating thereafter will be first come first served.

    Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, JACL: Downtown LA Chapter, JACL National, JACL: Pacific Southwest District, Kizuna, Little Tokyo Historical Society, Little Tokyo Community Council, Little Tokyo Service Center, Manzanar Committee, National Veterans Network, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and Visual Communications.

    In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall


    3:00 PM



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