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Saturday, February 18, 2006
2:00 PM

Community Day of Remembrance - Claiming History: Justice Along Color Lines

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FREE GENERAL ADMISSION
Admission to the special exhibition, Isamu Noguchi - Sculptural Design - $4

The Day of Remembrance annually marks President Roosevelt's infamous 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.

More than forty years later, the United States government apologized, setting the record straight, and silencing those who argued that the interment was justified. Or so we believed. Now as then, supporters of those illegal actions challenge history with arguments that seek to defend the indefensible. Day of Remembrance 2006 explores the legacy of redress, and considers its potential as a powerful tool for the many working to refute revisionist interpretations of history. Noted scholars, activists, and others will draw upon that legacy to suggest ways it can be used to strengthen connections with other ethnic and cultural communities seeking their own forms of redress.

Press Release

Saturday, December 3, 2005
2:00 PM

National Veterans Oral History Project

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The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has embarked on an ambitious project to record the life stories of America's war veterans.

Join us for a panel discussion and update on this important collaborative project to gather and make accessible the stories of Japanese American veterans. Presentation will include a brief workshop on how to conduct oral histories.

Panelists:
- John Esaki, Director, Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum
- Sarah Rouse, Senior Program Officer, Veterans History Project, Library of Congress
- Fred Murakami, Chairman Emeritus, National Japanese American Veterans Council
- Steven Itano Wasserman, Hanashi Program Manager, Go For Broke Educational Foundation

Moderator: Art Hansen, Professor, California State University, Fullerton

FREE with Museum admission. Call 213.625.0414 for more information.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art

"Day Without Art" began in 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Since then, "Day With(out) Art" has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 museums, galleries, art centers, service organizations, libraries, high schools, and colleges take part to help increase public awareness of this global pandemic.

The National Museum is proud to join these efforts by draping our "art work of the month."

Friday, August 26, 2005
7:30 PM

Joseph Ileto Speaker Series presents Helen Zia

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In partnership with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, the National Museum is proud to host this conversation with award winning journalist, author, and activist, Helen Zia. A tireless advocate for the rights of Asian Americans, women, gays, and lesbians, Zia shares the lessons of her work and vision for the future.

Named after Filipino American postal worker and hate crime victim, Joseph Ileto, this annual speakers series features diverse voices of those working to end the pernicious effects of prejudice and bias.

Thursday, July 21, 2005
7:30 PM

Life Interrupted: Reunion & Remembrance in Arkansas

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The National Museum presents a preview screening of excerpts from Life Interrupted: Reunion & Remembrance in Arkansas, a new production from the National Museum's award-winning Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center.

This documentary captures the journey of more than 1,300 nationwide participants to Little Rock for a historic conference that examined the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated at Jerome and Rohwer during World War II. Featured stories reflect the history and emotions of a community forged in the remote, snake-infested swamps of Arkansas more than 60 years ago.

Saturday, February 19, 2005
2:00 PM

Day of Remembrance

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"Patriotism" and "loyalty" were volatile issues in America's concentration camps during World War II and continue to be controversial topics today. The program will examine the response of Japanese Americans to the US government's test of loyalty (Questions 27 and 28) -- including responses from resistors -- and our responsibility to defend those whose constitutional rights are currently being denied. The Day of Remembrance commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which led to the incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans.

 

 

 

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