Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution

April 6, 2016
6:30 pmto8:30 pm



Japanese Americans, internment, internment camps, WWII, Executive Order 9066, NYC, Fordham Law, Fordham APALSA, Judge Denny Chin, Professor Thomas Lee, Kento Iwasaki Watanabe, Joy Tamayo, Heart Mountain, Heart Mountain Resisters

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Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution

Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Moot Court Room, Fordham Law School – 150 W. 62nd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)

Admission: Free

During World War II the U.S. government interned 120,000 Japanese Americans in ten concentration camps, officially called “war relocation centers.” One of the camps was Heart Mountain in northwest Wyoming, home to the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee, a group of young resisters who challenged the government’s attempt to draft young Nisei men, arguing that they would not comply with their draft notices until the government restored the rights of the internees. That resistance led to the arrest and trial of sixty-three young members of the committee.

The Fordham Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) presents a reenactment of two of the trials with a script written by Judge Denny Chin and his wife, Kathy Hirata-Chin, that will be read by Fordham law students.

The read through will be followed by a Q&A, refreshments, and a small concert with traditional koto player Kento Iwasaki and soprano Joy Tamayo.