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Japanese American History During & After WW II – with Ken Nomiyama

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Japanese-American internment camp survivor, Ken Nomiyama.  Ken is a Japanese American, born during WW II at Tule Lake, California, one of the ten “internment” camps established by the U.S.Government after the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan.  He is a board member of the Tule Lake Committee, and has gone to many pilgrimages at the site.  A resident of Newport, he is a retired businessman having worked for 35 years in NY City banking.

The lives of Japanese in America were dramatically changed after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  In the name of military necessity and national security, the U.S. Government forced 120,000 Japanese from their homes on the West Coast and incarcerated them in camps enclosed by barbed wire and armed guards.  Two-thirds of the Japanese people were American citizens who found themselves and their immigrant parents denied their constitutional rights, and the right of due process, due to the fear that they would support Japan and turn against the U.S.

Ken will tell the story of how families were affected, the suffering that was endured, and some implications today of these government actions.  He will discuss the context of these events, how the civil rights of Japanese Americans were taken away by their own government, and how the Japanese responded to the challenges. Are there lessons to be learned today?

ALL are welcome!


September 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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