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Who is an American?

Join us for a day-long exploration through film and first-person testimony of this explosive question that the U.S. government used as a wedge to divide the Japanese American community during WWII. Rarely-seen historical footage edited by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori will accompany the testimony of camp survivors, activists and scholars about a suppressed history. Video from the recent unified Japanese American protest at a south Texas immigrant detention facility will conclude the day.

Questions of loyalty and duty to family and to country created divisions in the incarcerated Japanese American community during World War II. Regarding the question of “Americanness,” an organization of young people, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) had their answer -- an answer that many disputed -- which caused fractures that remained for decades. The U.S. government exploited that rift, resulting in huge upheavals and conflicts that still can be felt today.

In this forum, we will examine the origins of these conflicts and highlight courageous individual and collective acts of protest and resistance. How can we move toward reconciliation and healing of the deep wounds of division? What are ways the community can come together to stand up for communities that are being targeted today?

Join us for a compelling forum to learn from our past and move forward together.


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The full-day symposium will be presented in three parts.


I. Compliance & Resistance (10-12p)

Pre-War & Beginning of WWII Timeline Activity

Quick film clip

Dialogue 1: John Tateishi (JA community prewar); Art Hansen (resistance)

Q&A


LUNCH (12-1p Lunch) - Sign up to pre-order bento lunch (regular or vegetarian)


II. Conflict & Protest (1-3p)

Quick film clip

Dialogue 2: Barbara Takei (Tule Lake), Bob Rusky (legal cases); Tak Hoshizaki (Heart Mtn Resisters)

Q&A


III. Post War Redress, Healing & Activism (3-5p)

Quick film clip

Dialogue 3: Alice Yang (Postwar), John Tateishi (Redress/JACL); Susan Hayase (NCRR); Kimiko Marr (Pilgrimmages)

Short film on Crystal City/Dilley, TX

Q&A






This program is held in conjunction with Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, a special multimedia exhibit featuring imagery by noted photographers commissioned by the U.S. government's War Relocation Authority including Dorothea Lange and Clem Albers, along with photographers Ansel Adams, Toyo Miyatake and Paul Kitagaki, Jr.


Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun, 10 am to 6 pm, FREE and open to the public. www.thentheycame.org


The event is free, rsvp is requested. Pre-order bento lunch for $13. Scholarships for this symposium available upon request.


Getting to Then They Came For Me:


The PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle provides FREE roundtrip service to the Presidio. The shuttle picks up at the Transbay Terminal or Embarcadero BART.


If you are driving, be sure that you are driving to the Presidio (zip code 94129), not the 100 Montgomery Street located downtown. Metered parking is available on the street and behind the building with a 4-hour max.


Ramp access is available at the back of the building on Taylor Road between Sheridan Road and Bliss Avenue. This building is ADA compliant.




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