Theme: Civil Liberties and the Japanese American Experience – What Lessons Can We Learn From the World War II Internment?

Moving Days: Japanese American Experience in Silicon Valley sponsored by the Cupertino Library FoundationPanel discussion
Sunday, November 18, 1:30 p.m., Cupertino Community Hall

Moderator: Tom Izu, California History Center, De Anza College – is the Executive Director of the California History Center at De Anza College where he has coordinated the Center’s educational programs including exhibition presentations, publication projects, local history courses, and campus forums for the past 18 years. Tom has been active in the San Jose Japanese American community for many years and was involved in the movement for redress and reparations for the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Ling Wu Liu – is the Director of the Korematsu Institute which is dedicated to the promotion of pan-ethnic civil and human rights through education. The Institute gets its name and inspiration from Fred Korematsu, one of the Japanese Americans who challenged the Constitutionality of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans in the famous landmark Supreme Court cases. Ling is an accomplished print and broadcast journalist who has reported for TIME in Hong Kong and CCTV in Beijing. She continues to write provocative articles and speak out in defense of civil liberties for the institute which was founded in 2010.

Stephen Doi – is a faculty member of San Jose State University’s Asian American Studies program. Besides teaching courses on Japanese American history at SJSU, he is also an avid collector, archivist, and dealer in rare and important documents, books, and ephemera pertaining to Asian American history, as well as an attorney who remains active in the local Japanese American community.

Jimi Yamaichi – is the Curator for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Jimi was interned at Tule Lake during the war. He is well recognized leader of the San Jose Japanese American community and has been active in educating the public about his community and the World War II internment through his work with the museum and by coordinating pilgrimages to the site of the former internment camp at Tule Lake.

evacuation of Japanese Americans

Southern California Japanese Americans in the process of evacuation via Pacific Electric Railway #1373 circa 1941.
Photo: Courtesy of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.

 

 

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