Locked In Locked Out:
Linking Japanese American Internment to Your Rights Today

A series of public programs sponsored by The Japanese American Historical Society and San Diego Public Library to be held at:

San Diego Public Library
820 E Street
San Diego, CA 92101

All of these events are free and open to the public

Farewell to Manzanar (Lecture)

Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 6:30 pm
(in the 3rd floor auditorium of the Central Library)

Farewell to Manzanar has become a standard and classic that is found on school curriculums and college campuses across the country. In 2001, the San Francisco Chronicle named it one of the twentieth century’s 100 best non-fiction books from west of the Rockies. It’s author, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, will speak about her internment experience and how the lessons learned from America’s past resonate today, especially after the terrorist attacks experienced on September 11, 2001.

Golden State Meets Gem State: Californians at Idaho’s Kooskia Internment Camp, 1943-1945 (Lecture)

Thursday, April 4, 2002 at 6:30 pm in the 3rd floor auditorium of the Central Library.

The Kooskia (KOOS-key) Internment Camp is an obscure and virtually forgotten World War II detention facility that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) operated for the Justice Department between May 1943 and May 1945. Located in a remote area of north-central Idaho, it was unrelated to the Minidoka Concentration Camp in southern Idaho, and the others, which were run by the War Relocation Authority (WRA). The Kooskia Internment Camp held a total of some 265 so-called “enemy aliens” of Japanese ancestry, 31 percent of whom were from, or returned to, California. The remainder came from numerous other states; from the then-territories of Alaska and Hawaii; and even from Peru, Mexico, and Panama. Priscilla Wegars, who has a B.A. and an M.L.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Idaho, Moscow, will present her findings.

Day of Remembrance (Commemorative Ceremony)

Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor auditorium of the Central Library.

Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which forced the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, this event highlights the work of San Diego Childrens’ Librarian Clara Breed. When most Americans were willing to sacrifice the civil liberties of their fellow citizens, Ms. Breed spoke out against the injustice of the incarceration. She corresponded with the children living in the camps and became a sounding board for their thoughts, feelings, frustrations and dreams. Students from Mount Carmel High School will read from the letters that were exchanged between Ms.Breed and the interned children, some of whom will be in attendance.

Una Storia Segreta (Author reading and discussion)

Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor auditorium of the Central Library.

Larry DiStasi, author of Una Storia Segreta: The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment During World War II, will speak at the San Diego Cental Library on Tuesday, May 7th, 2002. In a collection of essays, Una Storia Segreta tells the little known story of the Italian Americans’ internment and evacuation. In California, Italian resident aliens were subjected to a curfew, searches and seizures of their property and evacuated from prohibited zones along the coast. An estimated 10,000 persons of Italian heritage were relocated from the west coast. Mr. DiStasi will read from his book, discuss the California experience and answer questions from the audience. This event is co-sponsored by the Italian American Arts Foundation and the San Diego Japanese American Historical Society.

Enemies (Author reading and discussion)

Tuesday, August 6, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor auditorium of the Central Library.

John Christgau, author of Enemies: World War II Alien Internment, will speak at the San Diego Cental Library on Tuesday, June 6, 2002. Mr. Christgau writes about the Enemy Alien Internment program, which was in effect from 1941 to 1946. This program confined 31,000 people. In his book, Christgau concentrated on telling individual accounts from one internment camp, Fort Lincoln, North Dakota, as representative of the entire program. Using primary sources, he tells the stories of many former prisoners from a variety of backgrounds. In some cases individual rights were taken away on only hearsay evidence. Mr. Christgau will answer questions from the audience.

All of these events are free and open to the public.

This program is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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