National Day of Remembrance
ONLINE, February 17, 2022, 6:00-8:00 PM
National Day of Remembrance (observed annually on Feb. 19) recognizes President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 and the subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent living mostly in Washington, Oregon, and California.
This fascinating two-part program will be streamed via Facebook Live – join us for either part or both!
- 6:00 PM – Scholarly Selections: Structural Erasure: Remembering Japanese Americans in Prewar Tacoma. Tacoma’s prewar Nihonmachi (Japan Town) was a vibrant and close-knit community of first- generation Japanese immigrants and their second-generation American children with businesses, homes, hotels, churches and the Tacoma Japanese Language School located in Tacoma’s current downtown core in addition to other locations around the city. Influenced both by the transnational connections to Japan and by the spatial components of the city itself, the world they built was destroyed by incarceration and erased in the years that followed. Join Lisa Hoffman and Mary Hanneman for a presentation on their recently published book Becoming Nisei: Japanese American Urban Lives in Prewar Tacoma, with special focus on what was unique about Tacoma’s prewar Japanese community, including its single, secular language school, prominent school leadership, and the size and spatial layout of the community. The book is based on interviews with 42 Nisei who grew up in Tacoma as well as archival work in the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
- 7:00 PM – Fujitaro Kubota and His Garden film screening and Q&A. This documentary film examines the enduring dreams and legacy of immigrant and nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota, a self-taught gardener who built a thriving landscape business and, through many years of work and challenges, toiled and shaped a landmark Japanese garden in South Seattle. While incarcerated at the Minidoka (Idaho) concentration camp during World War II, Kubota also created a memorable garden in the desert where he was held. The film screening will be followed by Q&A with contributors to the companion book, Spirited Stone.
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Our thanks: WSHS exhibitions and programs are generously supported by Columbia Bank, Humanities Washington, KNKX, The Murdock Foundation, the Port of Tacoma, and our members.