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Roy Ebihara

Dr. Roy Ebihara born in Clovis, New Mexico on January 11, 1934 in a family with ten siblings. His father was a master machinist for the Santa Fe Railroad. The family lived in a “Japanese Camp” on the railroad property. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, a vigilante group forced the Japanese families out and held in detention in the mountainous area of Southwest New Mexico from January 20, 1942 to December 13, 1942. The family then went from Carizzozo, New Mexico to the Topaz Relocation Center, living there until December, 1943. They resettled in Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent most of his formative years. Dr. Ebihara served in the U.S. Army for two years immediately post Korean War. He went to college at the Ohio State University receiving a Doctors Degree in Optometry. He practiced optometry and primary eye care for the Lakeland Eye Surgeons and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is currently retired, but involved in numerous community services, including the Cleveland JACL.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Stories of Resettlement: Nikkei Nation in Motion, 1942–1965
Roy Ebihara
Arthur Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Frank Hiji
James Tanaka
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Capitol 4, 4th Floor
Topic: Different Views on the Incarceration