Symposium on Terminology of JA WWII Experience


The late civil rights activist Edison Uno with a California Registered Historical Landmark plaque describing Tule Lake as a "concentration camp." It was placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the JACL Northern California-Western Nevada District Council in 1979.

SAN FRANCISCO — “Cast in Bronze: Terminology and Memory of the Japanese American WWII Incarceration Experience,” a community-wide symposium, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco Japantown.

There is an ongoing debate over what words should be used to describe that period in Japanese American history — for example, “relocation center” versus “concentration camp.” Organizers say the conference is for anyone “concerned about how the wartime experience will be remembered in bronze and taught in our institutions.”

Speakers will include:

• Roger Daniels, emeritus professor of history at University of Cincinnati and author of such books as “Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II.”

• Neil Gotanda, professor of law at Western State University and one of the founders of the Asian American legal studies movement.

• Don Hata, emeritus professor of history at CSU Dominguez Hills and co-author of “Japanese Americans and World War II: Mass Removal, Internment, and Redress.”

• Lane Hirabayashi, chair of the George and Sakaye Aratani Professorship in Japanese American Redress, Internment and Community, an endowed chair of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

• Karen Ishizuka, former curator at the Japanese American National Museum, filmmaker, and author of “Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration.”

• Tetsuden Kashima, professor of American ethnic studies at University of Washington and author of “Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment During World War II.”

• Mako Nakagawa, president/CEO of Mako & Associates in Seattle and primary author of the “Power of Words” resolution passed by the JACL National Council in 2010.

The symposium is organized by the Tule Lake Committee, Japanese American National Library, and JCCCNC, and sponsored by Union Bank, Lane Hirabayashi and the Aratani Endowed Chair at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Admission is free. Sign-in starts at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided to all who RSVP before Oct. 19 to Hiroshi Shimizu at (415) 566-2279 or [email protected]


Leave A Reply