Congressman to Speak on WWII Incarceration at Oxy

Rep. Mark Takano addresses the Democratic National Convention in 2016. (ABC News)

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) will address the lessons of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II in Occidental College’s Choi Auditorium at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, as part of Occidental’s “Never Again” series.

In “Echoes From the Past: The Japanese Incarceration and Today’s Executive Orders,” Takano will discuss the relevance of the Japanese American wartime experience to today’s political climate, including the Muslim ban, immigration and the recent decision to rescind DACA, as well as his personal experience. Takano’s own parents and grandparents were incarcerated during World War II.

“Never Again,” which launched on Feb. 12, features speakers, films and exhibits. It marks the Feb. 19 anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942, which led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans — more than two-thirds of them U.S. citizens — in 10 hastily constructed camps in California and six other states.

“What happened to people of Japanese ancestry in our country 75 years ago remains relevant today,” said Julie Kimiko Santos, associate director of international programs at Occidental and series organizer. “Now more than ever, it is important to know how and why this tragedy occurred, and the m