Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution



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
©George and Frank C. Hirahara Collection, Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. http://content.libraries.wsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/hiraharag

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.

6 thoughts on “Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution

  1. The photo you have used for this meeting notice is a copyrighted photo. The photo is part of the George and Frank C. Hirahara Collection, Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. My father Frank C. Hirahara was the photographer and a Heart Mountain High School senior in 1944 when he took the photo. The person in the photo is Kunio Yamamoto. This photo is part of an over 2,000 photo collection taken at Heart Mountain from 1943 – 1945. Thank you.

  2. Hi Patti,

    Thank you for your comment and for letting me know about the copyright. Even though the event is past, I added the copyright information in case someone clicks the link in the future. I apologize for the oversight, and I’ve alerted the organizers who used the photo in their flyer.

    The collection looks amazing. It’s wonderful that you donated your father’s photographs to WSU to serve as an educational tool for future generations know what life in Heart Mountain was like. Thank you!

  3. Hi Susan,

    Thank you so much for responding and adding the copyright information to the photo. With the internet, information does last forever and so I am glad you added the reference. My father was an alumnus of Washington State University and attended WSU from 1945 – 1948. Washington State University was the only state university which allowed Japanese Americans to continue to pursue their education during WWII.

    This photo was used to promote the Emmy Award winning documentary “The Legacy of Heart Mountain” which can be found at http://www.heartmountainfilm.com. It is a wonderful introduction to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.

    I hope people in the New York area will be able to see the film at a screening someday.

    Thank you.

  4. Hi Patti,

    Thank you for being so understanding and for sharing your father’s story. Many members of the Japanese American community in New York have family who were interned (or were interned themselves), and the topic of internment is one that is frequently discussed. If you’re ever in New York, please contact me. Maybe we could have a screening of “The Legacy of Heart Mountain” one day!

    Best wishes,

  5. Hi Susan,

    Glad to become acquainted with your web site. I was just in New York last February to see the musical Allegiance but missed the production by four days since it closed on the 14th. I will be coming to the East Coast next year in February to attend the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s EO9066 75th Anniversary exhibit and maybe we could do a screening before or after the event. Just a thought. Thanks again for your help.