Documentary on Nisei Diploma Project to Be Screened

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“Dreams Finally Realized,” a documentary about California Nisei forced out of higher education, will be screened at Kaufman 101 on the UCLA campus on Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco has chronicled the Niseis’ educational aspirations, how they felt when abruptly stripped of their college dreams due to Executive Order 9066, their life challenges, and their return to those same campuses some 67 years later to receive honorary degrees.

The degrees were conferred by the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems under Assembly Bill 37, introduced by Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County) and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in October 2009. Ceremonies were held later that year at UC San Francisco, UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

The California Nisei Diploma Project, which was instrumental in making these special commencement ceremonies possible, was established to educate the people of California and the U.S. about the college experience of the Nisei in the 1940s and their forced removal into concentration camps.

The UCLA screening and a UC Berkeley screening last month were funded by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and UCLA Asian American Studies Center with support from Asian Pacific American Student Development at UC Berkeley, and the Nikkei Student Unions at UCLA and UCB.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call the JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505.

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