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In recognition of Rememberance Day, Simpson College welcomes Dr. Marcia Yonemoto to an hour-long lecture in Hubbell at 7:00 p.m. on February 19. 

Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, ordered the relocation and incarceration of approximately 122,000 Japanese immigrants and Americans of Japanese descent—men, women, and children—living on the West Coast of the United States on the grounds that they were a threat to national security following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. Two-thirds of the incarcerees were American-born U.S. citizens, the youngest of whom are now in their late seventies. This talk will begin with a brief overview of the history of incarceration, and it will focus on how incarceration has been memorialized at the national and local level and how it is remembered by those who experienced it and by their descendants. The presenter is an historian of Japan whose parents, grandparents, and extended family were incarcerated for the duration of WWII at Gila River (AZ) and Amache (CO). 

 

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