Commemorating 70 Years Since Executive Order 9066: 1942-2012: A Panel Discussion on the Japanese American Experience of World War II

Donald Hata, Professor Emeritus,California State University Dominguez Hills
Ruth Y. Okimoto, Author
Steven Okazaki, Filmmaker
Gayle Yamada, Producer, editor and screenwriter
Indra Levy, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University


Registration begins at 6 p.m. The first 50 registrants will receive complimentary copies of Donald Hata's Japanese Americans and World War II, From Our Side of the Fence featuring writings and art by Ruth Okimoto, and either Steven Okazaki's All We Could Carry or gayle yamada's Uncommon Courage.

2012 marks the 70th anniversary of a momentous event in American history: the signing of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forcible removal of more than 110,000 people of Japanese descent to concentration camps. Approximately two-thirds of them were U.S. citizens. By way of commemoration, a distinguished group of panelists will discuss what the Japanese American experience of World War II has meant to them, how it has affected their work as historians and artists, and the strategies they have developed for integrating the Japanese American past with the American present and future as a whole.

Professor Emeritus Donald Hata, California State University Dominguez Hills; co-author, with Nadine

I. Hata, of Japanese Americans and World War II: Mass Removal, Imprisonment, and Redress

Dr. Ruth Y. Okimoto, author of Sharing a Desert Home: Life on the Colorado River Indian Reservation, Poston, Arizona, 1942-45

Mr. Steven Okazaki, filmmaker and Academy Award recipient for Days of Waiting

Ms. Gayle Yamada, producer, editor, and screenwriter of Uncommon Courage: Patriotism and Civil Liberties

Moderator: Professor Indra Levy, Stanford University

Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
Oksenberg Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor

Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)
Inter- University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC)
Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI)
National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA)