Let it Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion

Humanities Washington and Tacoma Public Library are pleased to bring Clarence Moriwaki of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and a founder and former president of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association, for a special presentation that addresses the question, “What led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, and how can we prevent similar tragedies?”

Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge Island—the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion—to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s happening in America now? He uses historical images, including historical and current propaganda, to explore the fear, racism, and failure of political leadership that led to these unconstitutional actions during World War II, and why we must not let it happen again.

This special event will be hosted at the Wheelock Branch of Tacoma Public Library, on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:30 pm, opens a new window.

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