Gardena Day of Remembrance Addresses Today’s Immigration Issues

Panelists Dale Minami, Nicole Oshima and Traci Ishigo.

By J.K. YAMAMOTO, Rafu Staff Writer

Following is Part 2 of a report on the 2019 Day of Remembrance program held Feb. 23 at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. Jon Osaki’s documentary “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066” was screened, followed by a panel discussion.

Panelist Traci Ishigo is a therapist, community organizer and co-founder of Vigilant Love, an organization that promotes solidarity between Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans. Her reaction to the film: “There were just so many parallels that came up for the organizing work that we’re doing to challenge Islamophobic policies happening in Los Angeles and that are happening across the nation …

“There was a range of emotion [for me], from a lot of rage, a lot of frustration, a lot of sadness, and also really heartened by the work of Aiko [Herzig Yoshinaga] and so many people in our communities who’ve been just doing so much to resist and challenge what happened to our community.”

Panelist Nicole Oshima, president of the UCLA Nikkei Student Union and a marketing intern for Kizuna, found the film “very educational and it was also very personal. I did recognize a lot of people that were involved … and I think that it was just really refreshing to see everything explained … especially since I myself am not too knowledgeable about the specifics or the legal terms … in a way that I actually understood.”