Japanese American Day of Remembrance

thu16feb4:56 pmthu4:56 pmJapanese American Day of RemembranceFREE!Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

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The Washington State History Museum will host free programming on Thursday, February 16th 6-8pm to commemorate the Japanese American Day of Remembrance. See Resilience—A Sansei Sense of Legacy, an exhibition of artists whose work reflects on the imprisonment of all Japanese Americans living on the west coast during World War II, and meet Susan Kamei, author of the acclaimed book When Can We Go Back to America? Voices of Japanese American Incarceration During World War II who will talk about the enduring impact of this shameful episode in our country’s history. In addition, Living Voices will perform an interactive performance Within the Silence.

In 1942, in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law Executive Order 9066. The law ordered the forced imprisonment of all Japanese Americans living on the west coast of the United States, which had the second largest population of Japanese people living outside of Japan. Told from the point of view of Sansei (third generation) Japanese Americans, Resilience—A Sansei Sense of Legacy is an exhibition of eight artists whose work reflects on the effect of EO9066 as it resonated from generation to generation. Each in their own way, the artists in this exhibition express moments of deeply felt pain and  reluctant acceptance, emotions which were often withheld by their elders. Resilience–A Sansei Sense of Legacy opens February 4, 2023 and runs through July 7, 2023 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.



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