A series of events August 4—19 in Newport, Waldport and Yachats explore the incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II and its parallels today. The series consists of an exhibit, films, speakers’ panels . . . and discussions following the films and speakers.
The Yachats events will be held here at YCPC, beginning Thursday, August 16, and concluding Sunday, August 19. Following are the days and times of the exhibit, film and speakers:
August 16, Exhibit 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
August 17-18, Exhibit 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
August 18, 2:00—4:00 p.m., Film: “14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez,” explores a recurring question about the 14th Amendment on who has the right to be an American citizen.
August 19, Exhibit 12:00—5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
August 19, 2:00 p.m., Closing Panel: Sandy Tsuneyoshi, Ph.D. and ACLU Spokesperson, “Moving Forward: Toward a More Inclusive Oregon.”
The Exhibit—”Architecture of Internment: Buildup to Wartime Incarceration”—highlights the role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants during Word War II. 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were incarcerated, most of them stripped of all their assets, many of their citizenship.
These events are a joint project of Lincoln County PeoplePower and Rural Organizing Project. The Exhibit produced by Graham Street Productions.