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Year of Remembrance

Puget Sound Area Events

Dates and times are subject to change. Please check with the sponsor organization for most recent updates.

At The Wing

September 23, 2017, 2-4pm
EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066 PRESENTATION
Wing Luke Museum
719 S. King St., Seattle 98104

It's been 25 years since our groundbreaking community-based exhibition on Executive Order 9066. Join a presentation with Japanese American former incarcerees reflecting on their experience and how it relates to the Muslim American experience. 

August 26, 2017, 3:30-6:30pm
JAPANESE AMERICAN REMEMBRANCE TRAIL WALKS
Starting at Chiyo's Garden 
Located mid-block on north side of Jackson between 6th & Maynard

Get your walking shoes ready and add to your daily steps! Explore the Japanese American Remembrance Trail, an urban hike in the original Japantown from Pioneer Square to Central District. Visit Japantown past and present. The Trail is currently under development, and these pilot walks will help us test out parts of the Trail. Pre-RSVP/registration is required. To find out more and register, visit here.

August 3, 2017
WHEN RABBIT LEFT THE MOON FILM SCREENING
Wing Luke Museum
719 S. King St., Seattle 98104

In this moving 14-minute video poem, award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori reflects upon the 75th year anniversary of the Executive Order 9066 signing during World War II that resulted in the imprisonment of more than 100,000 Japanese immigrants and their American-born children. To be shown throughout the day from 10:30-4:30pm. Find out more here.

February 18, 2017, 4-5:30pm
YEAR OF REMEMBRANCE ARTIST TALK & POETRY READING
Wing Luke Museum
719 S. King St., Seattle 98104

Roger Shimomura and Lawrence Matsuda will discuss their interpretation and reflect on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and how that relates to current times. Both available for book signing afterwards. $10 Members; $15 General. Find out more here.

February 16, 2017, 6-8pm
YEAR OF REMEMBRANCE EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION
Wing Luke Museum
719 S. King St., Seattle 98104

Join us for the opening reception with light refreshments and short speaking program. Free and open to the public. Find out more here.

Around the Sound

September 2, 2017, 10am
75TH REMEMBRANCE OF PUYALLUP ASSEMBLY CENTER: “CAMP HARMONY”
Japanese American Citizens League, Puyallup Valley Chapter
Washington State Fairgrounds, Coca Cola Stage

This event will remember and honor those who were forced to live on the Puyallup fairgrounds from April to September, 1942, before moving on to one of the permanent camps. Telling the incarceration story will educate future generations. Mistress of Ceremony Lori Matsukawa, KING5TV. Keynote speaker Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda. Guests of Honor survivors of “Camp Harmony” and all temporary centers, residents of all permanent camps, incarcerees of detention centers, and Nisei soldiers. Find out more here.

August 6, 2017, 6-9pm
FROM HIROSHIMA TO HOPE
Lantern Floating Ceremony at Green Lake (West Green Lake Dr. N & Stone Ave. N)

A free commemoration at Seattle's Green Lake to honor the atomic bombing victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all other victims of war and violence. Performances by local musicians, calligraphy for lanterns in Japanese organized by the Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai and in Punjabi organized by the Gurudwara Singh Sabha and the Khalsa Gurmat Center. Keynote by Tom Ikeda of Densho. Lantern floating at dusk. Co-sponsored by over 20 area community organizations. For more information visit their website.

July 6-9, 2017
MINIDOKA PILGRIMAGE
Twin Falls, ID and Minidoka National Historic Site

In 1942, close to 13,000 people of Japanese ancestry, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes in the Pacific Northwest and sent to a desolate “incarceration camp" near Twin Falls, Idaho. This pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families and friends – from Seattle, Portland and across the nation – to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho. This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience. Consider participating as a way to bring your family together and reconnect with friends. For more details and registration visit their website.

April 30, 2017, 2-4pm
JAPANESE AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND THE LIBERATION OF DACHAU
Nisei Veterans Committee Hall
1212 S. King St., Seattle 98144

History of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, liberators of Dachau Sub-camp. Film showing of From Hawaii to the Holocaust: A Shared Moment in History.

April 11, 2017, 5-6:30pm
SURVIVOR STORIES AND ACTION TO PREVENT NUCLEAR WAR
University of Washington, The HUB, Room 145

For those of us who remember the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we have a clear message: never again. Join us for a unique opportunity to hear stories from people whose lives have been changed by the terrible destruction in Hiroshima. Featuring: Yukiyo Kawano, a third generation hibakusha (nuclear bomb survivor) and local artist; and Fumi Groves, President of the local Hiroshima Club member, incarcerated at a Japanese concentration camp, and whose family members died in Hiroshima. Sponsored by the University of Washington Global Zero Chapter, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, From Hiroshima to Hope, and Earthcare not Warfare. Find out more here.

April 9, 2017, 2-4pm
CONSPIRACY OF KINDNESS: YOU’VE GIVEN ME LIFE
Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church
3001 24th Ave. S., Seattle 98144

The legacy of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Performance by Alton Takiyama Chung. Post-performance panel featuring Alton Takiyama Chung, Lori Tsugawa Whaley, Ken Mochizuki and Dee Simon. Co-sponsored by Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church.

April 8, 2017, 11am
WITHIN THE SILENCE
Renton History Museum
235 Mill Ave. S., Renton 98057

In 1942 Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 imprisoned thousands of loyal American families. These innocent citizens struggled to maintain their families while incarcerated. Witness this silent chapter of our history. Share one Japanese American family’s fight to sustain faith and love in the country they love. Presented by Living Voices. Written by Ken Mochizuki. Co-produced by The Wing.

March 30, 2017
A DAY OF HISTORY, HONOR AND HEALING
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
4192 Eagle Harbor Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island 98110

This community gathering includes a ceremony to honor survivors from each of the ten concentration camps, films and a community reception.

March 20 – May 7, 2017
UNSETTLED/RESETTLED: SEATTLE’S HUNT HOTEL
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
319 2nd Ave. S., Seattle 98104

In the wake of World War II, from 1945 to 1959, the Japanese Language School buildings served as temporary housing for Japanese and Japanese Americans returning from incarceration camps. Within the walls of the historic buildings at 1414 S. Weller Street, over 30 families began to rebuild their lives in the wake of WWII. Children were raised, loved ones were lost, and little by little the rooms were vacated giving way to community organizations, classrooms and storage. Find out more here.

March 4, 2017, 11am
JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT, FARMING AND PIKE PLACE MARKET
Pike Place Market Atrium Meeting Room (Top Floor), Seattle

Slow Food Seattle hosts this event about local Japanese American farmers, and how Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 and ensuing incarceration of Japanese Americans hurt our local farming community at the time. Find out more here.

February 21, 2017, 2pm
SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL OBSERVATION OF THE DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
City Hall
600 4th Avenue, Seattle 98104

The City of Seattle will honor and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Day of Remembrance. Join us in recognizing and honoring Japanese Americans incarcerated 75 years ago by Executive Order 9066.

February 21, 2017, 1:30pm
KING COUNTY COUNCIL OBSERVATION OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066
Council Chambers, 10th floor of the King County Courthouse
516 3rd Avenue, Seattle 98104

The County will issue a proclamation marking the 75th anniversary of the issuance of Executive Order 9066, which forced the removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. We invite the public to join us in Council Chambers to observe and solemnly reflect upon this day in our nation's history.

February 20, 2017, noon-1:30pm
WHY THE WORLD WAR II INCARCERATION IS IMPORTANT TODAY
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma

Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda speaks about the relevance of the World War II incarceration today.

February 19, 2017, 2-3:30pm
NEVER AGAIN: JAPANESE AMERICAN WWII HISTORY AND AMERICAN MUSLIM RIGHTS TODAY
Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison St., Seattle 98109

Speakers include Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda and CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukahari. Find out more here

February 19, 2017, 1-3pm
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE TAIKO CONCERT TO BENEFIT MINIDOKA PILGRIMAGE
Seattle University Pigott Auditorium
901 12th Ave. S., Seattle 98122

The Taiko Concert will feature performances by several renowned taiko groups from the Seattle area. Taiko refers to a traditional Japanese form of percussion using large barrel-shaped drums, dynamic playing styles, and choreographed movements. It is widely popular in Japanese American communities throughout the United States, and increasingly with youth groups. Find out more here

February 19, 2017, 11am-3pm
SERVICE AND COMMUNITY
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
4192 Eagle Harbor Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island 98110

Inspired by the unique legacy of a community that welcomed their Japanese American friends and neighbors home after World War II, volunteers will gather, offering landscaping maintenance and improvements to the National Historic Site. Work on the memorial site will be done in preparation for the upcoming March 30th commemoration of the first Japanese Americans to be forcibly removed and excluded from the west coast during World War II. Find out more here

February 18, 2017, 1-3pm
HOW COULD CONCENTRATION CAMPS HAPPEN?
University of Washington Kane Hall

How does a society come to allow the mass incarceration of its own people? This question is as urgent today as it was in the past. Lectures presented by Dee Simon, Baral Family Executive Director, Holocaust Center for Humanity; Professor Lorraine Bannai, Seattle University School of Law; and Dr. Tetsu Kashima, University of Washington. Find out more here

February 15, 2017, 6:30-8pm
75TH ANNIVERSARY OF EO9066
Museum of History & Industry 
860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle 98109

Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda gives a multimedia presentation with video interviews and historic photographs on what happened in Seattle 75 years ago. Find out more here

February 12, 2017, 3pm
WRITING, REDRESS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: 75 YEARS AFTER EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066
The Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 10th Avenue, Seattle 98122

Two generations from a Seattle activist family speak on the subject of "Writing, Redress and Social Justice: 75 Years after Executive Order 9066." Bob Shimabukuro, a former editor of Seattle's pan-Asian American newspaper, The International Examiner, the founding executive director of the Asian Pacific AIDS Council, is the author of "Born in Seattle: The Campaign for Japanese American Redress." He appears in conversation with his daughter, writer and scholar-activist, Mira Shimabukuro, who wrote "Relocating Authority: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration," and teaches at the University of Washington, Bothell. Together, they'll discuss why histories of Japanese American activism in response to WWII incarceration matter today. Find out more here

The International Examiner also has a list of local events. Check out this shared calendar for events happening around the nation. 

Want to add your event? Send the date, title, location and brief description of your event to programs@wingluke.org.

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