Letters from the Camps: Voices of Dissent

Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00PM

Letters from the Camps: Voices of Dissent
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This California Historical Society Public Program will be held at the Presidio Officer's Club, Moraga Hall, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

Using original letters from the internment camps of WWII, now preserved at California Historical Society, this interdisciplinary presentation focuses on Japanese Americans who spoke out during and after internment.

Contemporary descendants, writers, historians, activists, and performers will read from the letters and share their responses, including: Karen Korematsu, the Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu, Stan Yogi co-author of Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California and Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, John Crew, retired ACLU attorney, and Bonnie Akimoto, most recently in the play Beneath the Tall Tree at TheatreFirst in Berkeley.

Welcomes from CHS, Presidio Trust, and Assembly Member Phil Ting will begin the event as well as short introductions of each of the participants. The readers will then read excerpts from the letters from the CHS collection, followed by remarks from Karen Korematsu (daughter of Fred Korematsu) and Jay Hirabayashi (son of Gordon Hirabayashi), a short discussion moderated by co-author of Wherever There's a Fight and former Communications Director for ACLU Northern California, Elaine Elinson and close with an audience Q&A.

Presenting Partner: American Civil Liberities Union (ACLU) of Northern California

Deepest Thanks toPresidio Trust for hosting and Friends of Topaz for promoting the event.

Photo courtesy of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute