Arts & Essay Contest
Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2002 at 5pm
Categories: Traditional Essay, Spoken Word/Poetry, Visual
During World War II, the federal government ordered the removal of all Japanese Americans on the West Coast, and their detention in concentration camps. This act, a violation of the Constitution, still reverberates today, or does it? Is the incarceration of Japanese Americans something in the past that won't happen again? Have you or someone you know experienced similar treatment? Can you relate internment to a situation in which the Constitutional rights of a person or group is being ignored today? If so, what does that mean to you and other Americans; if the rights of any individual or group is violated, how does that affect others?
Co-sponsored by NJAHS, the ACLU of Northern California, and the San Diego Public Library.
LOCKED IN/LOCKED OUT: CALIFORNIA CIVIL LIBERTIES CREATIVE ART COMPETITION WINNERS
The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC), and the San Diego Public Library (SDPL) thanks the over 260 students who participated in the annual California state-wide creative arts competition: LOCKED IN/LOCKED OUT, funded in part by the California Civil Liberteis Public Eduction Program administered through the State Library of California.
The purpose of the contest was to 1) enable high school students to examine present-day analogies to the incarceration of Japanese American during World War II and 2) invite students to participate in the competition through publicity and outreach.
Judding from the Art, Essay and Poetry/Spoken Word categories was conducted by a panel of reviewers and representatives from each of the organizations, namely NJAHS Curator Robert Hanamura, designer Pamela Matsuoka, Principal Steve Hirabayashi, ACLU Public Relations Director Elaine Ellison, and Development Director Stan Yogi, SDPL Programs Librarian Lynn Whitehouse, and Library Assistants Eric Rife, Tony DiLullo and Luan Phan.
win $500, $300, $100 in the respected categories. NJAHS, ACLU-NC and
SDPL congratulate the following winners:
Poetry/Spoken Word Category:
the following sponsors for their outreach efforts, Asian Week, KPIX-Channel
5, San Diego's KGTV Channel 10. the Japanese American Historical Society
of San Diego, and Japanese American Citizens League, San Diego Chapter.