From “Instructions to All Persons”: War Relocation Authority photo taken at the Jerome concentration camp in Arkansas, June 18, 1944. (Japanese American National Museum, gift of Dr. Toshio Yatsushiro and Lily Koyama)
“Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066” and “New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei” will be closing at the Japanese American National Museum on Aug. 13 and Aug. 20, respectively.
The museum, located at 100 N. Central Ave. (at First Street) in Little Tokyo, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
“Instructions to All Persons” commemorates the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the tragic and unlawful incarceration of 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Shortly after the signing, a series of civilian exclusion orders were publicly posted all along the West Coast, notifying persons of Japanese ancestry of their impending forced removal. “Instructions to All Persons of Japanese Ancestry” were the infamous words seen at the top of the posters.
Historical examples of these documents and others of the period, along with documentary videos, form the substance of the exhibition. Contemporary artworks by Wendy Maruyama and Mike Saijo are featured as well.