JANM to Host Talk on ‘Euphemistic Language’ on Aug. 27


The Japanese American National Museum will present “Let’s Get It Right! Replacing World War II Euphemistic Language: The Retelling of the Nikkei Incarceration Experience” on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. The program, featuring Mako Nakagawa, will deal with the urgent need to promote the use of accurate terminology in describing the World War II incarceration experience of people of Japanese descent.

Mako Nakagawa

Nakagawa promoted a JACL resolution on this issue from its inception with the Seattle Chapter to gaining unanimous support from the JACL National Board and overwhelming support from the JACL National Council (made up of chapter delegates). The primary goal of the resolution is “to affect future learners of this episode of history with less distortion by misleading euphemistic terms, and concomitantly preserve and protect the essence of our United States Constitution so that this historical wrong is never again repeated,” according to Nakagawa.

This session will be primarily devoted to explaining the need for this resolution, how this drive got its momentum, and possible avenues to promote its prime educational objective. Audience questions will be welcomed.  Author and filmmaker Karen Ishizuka will also be attendance to talk about the importance of accurate terminology.

Presented in collaboration with the George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA.

The museum is located at First and Central in Little Tokyo. For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.



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