On September 4th at Himmel Park library, 1035 N. Treat Ave., 6 to 7:30 p.m.:
Japanese American Internment in Arizona
Beginning in April 1942, over 30,000 persons of Japanese descent residing in the western states were removed from their homes and relocated to Arizona. This program explores the reasons for internment, the impact upon Japanese Americans, and the unique circumstances that divided the Japanese American community into those who were interned and those who were not.
This program also explores every-day life in the camps for different individuals and touches upon the American Indian communities who served as unwilling hosts.
This is an Arizona Humanities Council sponsored program presented by Karen J. Leong, Ph.D., Director of the Asian Pacific American Studies Program at Arizona State University, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Asian Pacific American Studies, and an Affiliate Faculty of History.
I worked as U.S. Senator Dan Inouye’s Legislative Aide who helped pass the federal legislation that created the National Commission on Wartime Relocation & Internment of Civilians, which investigated this civil rights issue & lead to eventual reparations for the 120,000 Japanese Americans (mostly U.S. Citizens & permanent legal residents) who were interned in the United States. There were two large relocation/internment camps here in the State of Arizona, so attend this talk to find out more about the Arizona camps at Gila River and Poston.