June 29, Thursday, 6 pm
Perspectives on Japanese American Incarceration, California History Society, 6 pm
Fred Korematsu was a 23-year-old welder living in Oakland when the U.S. government forced Japanese Americans from their homes into desolate camps. Korematsu defied the order, and his legal challenge resulted in an infamous Supreme Court decision. Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, co-authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, a new biography for young readers, will discuss the civil rights hero’s life, its relevance today, and their work to share his story with students. They will be joined by Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, who will explain the Institute’s efforts to connect Korematsu’s story with current discrimination against Muslims.
San Francisco native George Omi was 11 years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. In his award-winning memoir “American Yellow,” he recounts how his immigrant parents built a successful dry-cleaning business, only to lose it when they are ordered to leave San Francisco and eventually imprisoned in Rohwer, Arkansas. Omi will read from his book and provide a first-hand account of the dark days after Pearl Harbor.
July 1, Saturday, 1 pm
Internment, Japanese Americans, Labor and The Lessons for TodayJuly 1 (Saturday) 1:00 PM (Free) National Japanese American Historical Society - 1684 Post St., SF
Internment, Japanese Americans, Labor and The Lessons for Today
This year is the 75th anniversary of the internment of over 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese Peruvians in concentration camps during World War II under the executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Today the Trump administration is justifying this action by arguing that it would be acceptable today for Muslims and other select groups be incarcerated again.This panel will look at the struggle against the internment and lessons for today with California historian Charles Wollenberg, who is currently completing a book about civil rights attorney Wayne M. Collins. During the 1940s, Collins bucked prejudice and war hysteria to take cases related to Japanese American evacuation and internment. Among others, Collins defended Fred Korematsu, a Japanese American citizen who refused to report for the camps and was imprisoned. The high profile Korematsu case reached the Supreme Court. Wollenberg’s talk is entitled “Wayne Collins: Rebel with a Cause.” In it, Wollenberg will discuss Collins’ legal defense of Nikkei (second generation) rights and liberties, including the Korematsu case. Author Laura Atkins, who is co-author with Stan Yogi of “Fred Korematsu Speaks,” will also discuss this important book for young people about the life of Fred Korematsu. Civil Rights Activist Grace Shimizu is Director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project and the Campaign for Justice: Redress Now for Japanese Latin American Internees. She will speak about the ongoing fight for the Peruvian Japanese who were kidnapped from Peru by the FBI and brought to the United States to be used to trade for US prisoners of war. Panel member ILWU historian Harvey Schwartz has written about the role of the ILWU in fighting discrimination after the war against Japanese Americans. Larry Yamamoto, Bay Area artist, camp survivor, and retired ILWU longshore worker, will serve as commentator for the event.Peter Yamamoto of the National Japanese American Historical Society will chair the program.
July 19, Wednesday, 7 pm
Present to Ethnic Studies class at UC Berkeley, taught by Judge Trina Brown
September 11, Monday
Present to Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek.
September 21, Thursday
Stan presenting at Rolling Hills Preparatory School in Los Angeles
Presenting at various Northern California branches of the ACLU for Banned Books Week.
October 6, Friday
Laura to take part in Kidquake, San Francisco
Visit to Seattle, including Saturday, October 28th event at the Wing Luke Museum, co-sponsored by the Elliott Bay Book Company, Densho Archive and others. Details to come. We will be arranging school visits in Seattle during this time, so get in touch if you are interested in having us come to your school.