Feb. 26 —Seventy years ago, on Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the secretary of war to designate certain areas as military zones. This led to the eventual removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast to America’s concentration camps. To commemorate this event, which had a significant effect in the history and culture of the Japanese American communities in the U.S., The Bridge: JCI Heritage Center of the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) will hold a special program on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the GVJCI beginning at 1 p.m. with two special presentations.
Dr. Donald Teruo Hata, professor emeritus of history at CSU Dominguez Hills, is the keynote speaker. He recently published the fourth edition of his landmark book, “Japanese Americans and World War II: Mass Removal, Imprisonment and Redress.” At the end of the program, Hata will be available to sign copies of his book, which will be on sale at the event.
Also making a presentation will be painter Hatsuko Mary Higuchi, whose paintings on the theme of E.O. 9066 portray faces with anonymous features, symbolizing the mass anonymity of the incarcerated Japanese Americans. Her paintings will also be on exhibit, with a selection of small prints available for sale.
The program is open to the public, free of charge, at the GVJCI, located at 1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena. For more information, call (310) 324-6611, email [email protected] or visit www.jci-gardena.org.