Day of Remembrance

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Date(s) - February 20, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center


To Honor the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066
Monday, February 20, 2017, 6 – 8:30pm


A Personal Journey – From El Monte to Oakland, California
Playwright Catherine Ladnier will recount her personal journey with Americans of Japanese ancestry. A native of East Los Angeles, Catherine grew up unaware of the important contribution Japanese immigrants made to the community. One day, an awakening to this sad chapter in American history led her to tell the story of her fellow Americans. A graduate of Mills College, Catherine will chronicle the experience of Mills College students as they make the most of their new lives in internment camps far from home. Through their letters to the beloved President of the College, the Mills sisters vividly paint a picture of their new lives behind barbed wired while affirming their faith in the future.

Please join us for a conversation with playwright Catherine Ladnier and Special Guest:
Ben Takeshita, Clifford I. Uyeda Peace & Humanitarian Awardee will talk about his 3 1⁄2 years of incarceration in Tanforan, Topaz and Tule Lake with his family. His presentation will include the well-known ‘Loyalty Questionnaire’.

Do you have a WWII Japanese American story to share with us?

Featuring a preview of our upcoming art exhibition:

Creativity Unconfined: Life in a Japanese Internment Camp
Courtesy of Sonoma State University / Anthropological Studies Center

Performance by Emeryville Taiko

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