Join the Museum of Work & Culture, a division of the RIHS, on Saturday, February 19 at 1pm as they commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Day of Remembrace with a virtual conversation on the legacies of Japanese internment.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized removal of people of Japanese ancestry from the west coast of the United States. Since that time, February 19 has been recognized every year by the Japanese community throughout the U.S. as a Day of Remembrance. In honor of the 80th anniversary, the Museum will welcome Ken Nomiyama, who was born in an incarceration camp in Northern California, and Jim McIlwain, a student of Japanese American history, to discuss EO 9066 and its consequences during World War II and today.
This program is made possible with the support of the New England Japanese American Citizens League and is presented in conjunction with Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II, a Smithsonian poster exhibit currently on view in the Museum’s changing gallery.
Individuals can register for the program by visiting: https://bit.ly/3HBNUGo
Nomiyama is Japanese American, born during World War II at Tule Lake, the incarceration camp located in Northern California. He is a retired businessman, living in Newport R.I., with a strong interest in the history and plight of the Japanese American. He is on the board of the Tule Lake Committee.
McIlwain, Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience, Brown University, is a student of Japanese American History with a special interest in the service of Japanese Americans in the U.S. Army during WWII. He is a life member of the Japanese American Veterans Association and an honorary member of Fox-Company Chapter of the 442nd Veterans Club of Honolulu.