Remembering Executive Order 9066 and America’s WWII Era Concentration Camps
Monday, February 19 from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) – 123 4th Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets), 2nd Floor
February 19, 2018 is recognized as the Day of Remembrance, marking the 76th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones, clearing the way for the mass forced incarceration of Japanese Americans in U.S. concentration camps. The program will include presentations by MoustacheCat Dance, internment camp photographer and NY Day of Remembrance Committee member Stan Honda, and Megumi Eda of Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks [SOHK].
2018 is also the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the legislation that provided a formal apology from the US government and monetary reparations to survivors of the forced evacuation and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
MoustacheCat Dance will present a short excerpt of its work-in-progress “Freedom isn’t Free,” an evening-length work choreographed by Kaoru Ikeda that explores the biased reactions that resulted in the internment of tens of thousands of American residents and citizens during World War II. The work also reflects on current biased reactions to people of various races, religions, and ethnicities in the United States. The excerpt that we will see expresses Japanese Americans’ struggle to resist anti-Japanese American agitation and laws that called for their imprisonment. The full work will premiere May 10 through 12, 2018 at University Settlement in NYC.
Stan Honda will present images from a new book, Moving Walls: The Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps (available for purchase and signing), which was done in collaboration with author Sharon Yamato and will preview the New York Day of Remembrance Committees’ February 24 program.
Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks will show about 15 minutes of video consisting of several sequences created by Megumi Eda using footage from her time with SOHK and additional recent documentation of SOHK’s work in Las Vegas related to the National Atomic Testing Museum.
For more information, please visit CRS’s website.