2005 Day of Remembrance;
The 2005 Day of Remembrance program will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005 from 2 to 4 PM at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First Street, Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, the Pacific Southwest District/JACL, and the Japanese American National Museum. In keeping with the commemoration of President Roosevelt’s signing of
The wartime government’s use of “military necessity” as the reason to uproot west coast Japanese American communities, media sensationalism and public sentiment cast suspicion and distrust upon JA’s. The continued fear of disloyalty among the JA’s and the need to enlist soldiers led to the government’s issuance of a loyalty questionnaire, in particular, Questions 27 & 28 will you serve in the armed forces and will you swear allegiance to the US and foreswear allegiance to the Japanese Emperor. The responses to these two critical questions determined the fate of the imprisoned JA’s, in particular, the men of military age.
While 1256 Nisei volunteered from the camps, the vast majority did not. Resistance to the government’s harsh and unconstitutional treatment of JA’s took numerous forms including protests, the Fair Play Committee at Heart Mountain, Resisters of Conscience, No-No Boys, and Renunciants.
Other highlights of the DOR program include a video-tribute to Congressman Robert Matsui who passed away on Jan. 1, and a performance of “9-0-Double 6” by Kyle Toyama, rap artist featured on Dave Iwataki’s “Project J” CD.
A reception will follow the program. The event is free to the public. Seating is limited, so audience is encouraged to arrive early.
For more information, call (213) 680-3484.