GARDENA — Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga and Marjorie Lee will discuss and sign “Speaking Out for Personal Justice: Site Summaries of Testimonies & Witnesses Registry from the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC), 1981” on Sunday, March 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bridge: JCI Heritage Center’s program of the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (JCI).
“Speaking Out for Personal Justice” is a compilation of meticulously cataloged summaries of all 789 oral testimonies from the CWRIC’s 1981 public hearings in such cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. These heart-rending testimonies literally gave voice to the hardships and oppression that people suffered in the camps and in exile.
After the hearings, the CWRIC’S subsequent report and recommendations were key factors in the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (which granted an apology and token redress to camp-era survivors and their families).
Lee is a librarian and archivist in the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Herzig-Yoshinaga is a community activist who did archival research for the CWRIC as well as the National Council for Japanese American Redress’ class-action lawsuit and the coram nobis cases of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui.