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Yosh Kuromiya

Heart Mountain Resister

Yosh Kuromiya was born in Sierra Madre, California in 1923. His family later moved to Monrovia, where he attended grammar school, junior high school and high school. He was attending Pasadena Junior College when WWII broke out with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He and his family, along with hundreds of other Japanese families in the San Gabriel Valley, were incarcerated at the Pomona Fair Grounds and later shipped to Heart Mountain, Wyoming concentration camp. His story, which he wishes to share with you this afternoon, is about the events that followed and how they brought about his realization that patriotism can be expressed in many ways, but our dedication to the U.S. Constitution can best be expressed through the persistent exercise of the principles this country was founded on.

"Principled Protest," an article written by this presenter, is available on-line.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Stories of Resistance: Consciousness, Conscience, and the Constitution
Yosh Kuromiya, Heart Mountain Resister
Cherstin Lyon, Public/Oral History Coordinator, Assistant Professor of History, California State University, San Bernardino
Morgan Yamanaka, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University
Hideo Yonenaka, Emeritus Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Capitol 1, 4th Floor
Topic: Different Views on the Incarceration