By PAUL BROWNING
“And Then They Came for Us…,” California State University, Dominguez Hills’ daylong commemoration on Thursday, Feb. 9. marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, will include keynote speaker Satsuki Ina, a renowned filmmaker who was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center.
On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed EO 9066, authorizing the creation of military areas along with West Coast from which “any and all persons may be excluded” at the discretion of the secretary of war. The order paved the way for the government to remove tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese descent and Japanese immigrants from their homes and place them in military guarded camps for over two years.
Satsuki Ina studies the impact of the Japanese American World War II experience on subsequent generations. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)
In recognition of the important lessons to be learned from this dark point in U.S. history, CSUDH is marking the 75th anniversary throughout the spring semester with both a curriculum focus in a number of classes and activities open to the public. Feb. 9 will be the focal point of the commemoration, with a series of events throughout the day:
1 to 2 p.m., first floor Social and Behavioral Sciences building: Rededication of the Shinwa-en Japanese Garden, which was constructed in 1979 by local Japanese gardeners as a gift to the university. The ceremony will include words from historian and novelist Naomi Hirahara, whose parents survived the Hiroshima bombing. A plaque of remembrance will be unveiled. Artistic performances will include Okinawan dancers. The ceremony will be followed immediately by the academic symposium.