Day of Remembrance Saturday at JCI

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The Gardena Velley Japanese Cultural Institute will host its annual Day of Remembrance (DOR) event Saturday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the JCI. DOR commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066, which caused the mass removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The Gardena Velley Japanese Cultural Institute will host its annual Day of Remembrance (DOR) event Saturday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the JCI. DOR commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066, which caused the mass removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Keynote speaker will be Karen L. Ishizuka, whose latest book is “Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Sixties.” She is also the author of “Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration.” Additionally, she is a documentary film producer and former curator of the Japanese American National Museum.

Presentations from the GVJCI class “Sansei Stories” will be featured, and a spoken word piece from Kyle Toyama. There will also be an art display featuring duplicate photos of Roger Shimomura’s works and book “Minidoka on my Mind.”

This year their Day of Remembrance is focusing on the euphemisms used to describe the Japanese American experience during World War II. The discussion on whether to use words like incarceration versus internment has created rifts and tension within the Nikkei community, and they would like to address these conflicts, and, moreover, reflect upon the words we use.

This event is free and open to public in the GVJCI Hall. For more information log on at info@jci-gardena.org or call 310-324-6611. The GVJCI is located at 1962 w. 162nd St. Gardena.

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