Japanese internment, then and now
Immigration news makes top headlines every day, yet it’s an issue that’s been top of mind in America for generations. On May 28, 2019, the Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association (APISA) journeys into the complicated emotions behind concepts of immigration, citizenship and belonging that polarized America during World War II and led to the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.
APISA will host a special screening of “And Then They Came For Us,” an impactful documentary film about Japanese internment, which won the World Social Justice Jury Prize at the 9th Annual Queens World Film Festival in New York. Watch the trailer.
The film showcases interviews with Japanese Americans who were interned, lawyers who fought the internment (including Bay Area law firm Minami Tamaki LLP) and allies of Japanese-Americans who worked on their behalf for social justice. The film features actor and director George Takei and many previously unreleased photographs taken by Dorothea Lange.
“And Then They Came For Us” will be followed by a panel discussion with UC staff and local community leaders, including Dr. Satsuki Ina, who is included in the film. Panelists include:
- Mark Morodomi, senior counsel, OGC
- Satsuki Ina, professor emeritus, California State University, Sacramento
- Benita Jain, co-founder, Immigrant Family Defense Fund
- Tom Oshidari and Sharon Uyeda, co-presidents, Japanese-American Citizens League, San Jose Chapter
Join APISA for this special event!
What: “And Then They Came For Us” – film and panel discussion
When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
- 11:30 a.m. – film screening
- 12:30 p.m. – panel discussion
Where: Franklin Lobby 1
- Zoom online: https://UCOP.zoom.us/j/617878546
- Zoom dial-in: (669) 900-6833
- Meeting ID: 617 878 546
Light refreshments will be provided.APISA, Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association