The World War II Japanese American Incarceration and Why it Matters Today
Monday, March 26 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Japanese American Association of New York – 49 W. 45th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), 11th Floor
Japanese American Association of New York (JAA) and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) present a lecture featuring Tom Ikeda, the Executive Director of Densho, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans.
Ikeda is a third generation Japanese American who was born and raised in Seattle. As a result of Executive Order 9066, his parents and grandparents were incarcerated during World War II at Minidoka, Idaho, one of ten concentration camps throughout the U.S. that held a total of 120,000 Japanese Americans behind barbed wire. Ikeda will discuss how this injustice happened during a time of fear and the relevance of that history today.
In addition to leading Densho for the last 21 years, Ikeda has conducted more than 250 oral history interviews with Japanese Americans. He has received numerous awards for his historical contributions, including the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, the National JACL Japanese American of the Biennium Award for Education, and the Microsoft Alumni Integral Fellows Award.
Densho is a Japanese term meaning “to pass on to the next generation,” or “to leave a legacy.” The mission of Densho the organization is to deepen the understanding of American history and inspire action for equity.
The event is free, but reservations are recommended by calling JAA at 212.840.6942 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.