September 6, 2019N/A
Wed. Sept. 11 Film at Forbes Library (6:30 - 8:30pm)
“Unfinished Business—The Japanese-American Interment Cases”
The film tells the story of three Japanese-American resistors--Gorden Hirabayashi, Fred Korematsu, and Minoru Yasui--who were imprisoned for defying government orders to go to a "detention" camp. It traces Pres. Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, decreed after Pearl Harbor that Japanese-American U.S. citizens living on the U.S. west coast should be uprooted and placed in relocation camps. In the spring of 1942, more than 110,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and taken to detention camps. Post-film discussion with Jewish activists from the Valley who visited a refugee camp in Florida --and one in Texas--holding immigrant children in deplorable conditions.
This was a film Frances Crowe was most insistent we show and discuss. She surely would have been with us if she could have. She started this film series some 15 years ago. I became her co-coordinator only 3 1/2 years ago but am determined to go on. If anyone on this list wishes to work with me on a film committee, please email me.