2018 Day of Remembrance: National Events Directory

On or around February 19 we come together for a Day of Remembrance, to observe and remember the day in which President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942. Please consider attending a Day of Remembrance in your own community and help to remember the significance of this day and the incarceration that followed. All times are local.


Anchorage, AK: 2018 Day of Remembrance – The Empty Chair

When: Monday, February 19, 2018, 6:00 PM

Where: Wilda Marston Theater, Loussac Public Library, 3600 Denali St, Anchorage, AK 99503

Details: Presented by Alaska JACL and Loussac Public Library, a screening of The Empty Chair, about the Empty Chair Project from Juneau. Q & A after the screening with the filmmaker Greg Chaney and Marie Matsuno Nash, who was incarerated with her Aleut mother and Japanese father.


Berkeley, CA: Screening of And Then they Came for Us

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7-8:30 PM

Where: Berkeley City College, BCC Auditorium, 2050 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Details: The Berkeley City College Students for Socialism, Muslim Student Association, Undocumented Community Resource Center, and Office of the President, joined by the BCC Intercultural Union, will be presenting a free screening of And Then They Came for Us followed by a student panel and audience discussion.


Boise, ID: Day of Remembrance Proclamation signing Ceremony

When: Monday, February 19, 2018, 10:00 AM

Where: Governor’s Ceremonial Office, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702

Details: “Each year, the Governor’s office has been most gracious and accommodating as former internees, students, educators and lawmakers have observed and participated in the ceremony. Lt. Governor Brad Little will preside over the ceremony with comments from Katie Niemann, President of the Boise Valley Japanese American Citizens League; Wade Vagias, Superintendent of the National Park Service (Minidoka Internment National Historic Site); and Heidi Wiesner of the Idaho State Historical Society”.


Chicago, IL: Day of Remembrance – Stop Repeating History

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:00 PM

Where: Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark StreetChicago, IL 60614

Details: Free Admission, Keynote Speaker Dale Minami and taiko performace by Ho Etsu Taiko.


Cupertino, CA: De Anza College Day of Remembrance

When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:30-3:00 PM

Where: De Anza College 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014


Denver, CO: Japanese American Redress – Learning Lessons and Longings

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Where: 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Details: Free Admission, Peggy Nagae as a speaker.


Gardena, CA: 2018 Day of Remembrance – For the Sake of the Children

When: February 24, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: Gardena Valley JCI Hall, 1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247

Details: Presented by the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. Film screening of For the Sake of the Children, by Marlene Shigekawa and panel discussion, moderated by Valerie Matsumoto. Free Admission


Kent, WA: “The Fair Behind Barbed Wire”

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018, 2:00-4:00 PM

Where: 336 2nd Ave. S., Kent, WA 98031

Details: Suggested donation of $10. Presented by Puyallup Valley JACL.


Los Angeles, CA30th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act –  “The Civil Liberties Act of 1988: The Victory and the Unfinished Business”

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Details: JANM is proud to present the 2018 Day of Remembrance in partnership with the Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Citizens League-Pacific Southwest  District, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, Manzanar Committee, OCA-Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action. Speakers to include Rep. Ted Lieu and activist Alan Nishio.


Los Angeles, CA: Film Screening and Discussion – Digital Storytelling Videos

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Where: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Details: JANM and the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will co-host a screening of spoken word videos inspired by the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and recorded at the 2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage in collaboration with filmmakers Jeff MacIntyre and David Ono. A panel discussion with the filmmakers and a reception hosted by the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium, JANM HMWF, and the Japanese American Citizens League will take place immediately following the screening


Marysville, CA: Day of Remembrance – A Local Look at the Japanese American Internment Camp Experience

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Where: The Gallery at Yuba Sutter Arts, 624 E Street, Marysville, CA 95901


Medford, MA: Tufts Day of Remembrance – Incarceration and Resistance

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Where: Alumnae Lounge, Tufts University, 40 Talbot Ave, Medford Campus

Details: Presented by Tufts Japanese Culture Club, United for Immigrant Justice, and the Asian American Center. Open to the public, free admission


Minneapolis, MNCivil Rights Movement & Performing Arts w/ PJ & Roy Hirabayashi

When: Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30-9:00 PM

Where: University of Minnesota, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Details: free admission and open to public. PJ and Roy Hirabayashi are founding members of San Jose Taiko


New York, NYNext Generation – Japanese Americans Discuss Heritage, Culture, and Civil Rights

When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:00 PM

Where: 12 W. 18th St, Apt #3E, New York, NY 10011

Details: Discussion with members of a new generation of Japanese American civil rights activists. Co-sponsored by New York JACL and Japanese and Japanese in America (JAJA). RSVP through the link in title. This event is a JAJA style community POTLUCK, so everyone please bring a dish (preferably a main one) and/or drinks, or donate a suggested $10 or more to help defray costs for the event.


New York, NY: NY Day of Remembrance 2018

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:00-4:00 PM

Where: Japanese American United Church, 255 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Details: Community testimonies, Redress and Reparations. Program to include Albert Fox Cahn and Omar Farah.


New York, NY: No-No Boy by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre

When: February 7-18, 2018, with special community talk-back on February 10, 2018, after the 2:30 PM matinee show.

Where: 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Details: The play based on John Okada’s novel is set after WWII as Ichiro Yamada attempts to reconnect with the Seattle community after he takes a bold stance during his incarcerations. Directed by Ron Nakahara and featuring an all Asian American Cast. The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre brings back No-No Boy as part of 2018 Day of Remembrance.


New York, NY: Film Screening and Discussion of Resistance at Tule Lake 

When: Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00 PM

Where: Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St., New York, NY 10004

Details: Discussion with director, Konrad Aderer, after screening. Suggested contribution is $10. $5 for students and seniors. Doors open 6:30 PM


Oakland, CA: Black History Month/ Day of Remembrance Concert

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607

Details: The Asian American Orchestra and Voices Of A Dream ensemble present musical works celebrating Black History Month and commemorating Day of Remembrance. Buy tickets via link in title.


Oberlin, OH: “Courage and Companssion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience” 

When: February 17 – March 18, 2018

Where: Richard D. Baron Art Gallery, 65 East College St., Suite 5, Oberlin, OH 44074

Details: Story of “how the community of Oberlin, Ohio responded to the discriminatory government policy.”


Philadelphia, PA: Day of Remembrance – Day of Resilience

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: Cathedral Village Hall, 600 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Details: Speaker – Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, author. Co-sponsored by Philadelphia JACL, Seabrook JACL, University of Pennsylvania/Asian American Studies Program and Pan-Asian Community House.


Sacramento, CA: Time of Remembrance – “And Then They Came for Us”

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Details: Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 for college students, 18-25 and free for students 17 and under, including light refreshments and admission to view all current Museum exhibits, such as, “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” and the Unity Center. Proceeds will benefit all of the NCTOR Committee’s activities, including the California Museum’s field Trip Tour program, providing students with tours of ”Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” and presentations led by formerly-incarcerated docents and volunteers.

For more information contact Nancy Whiteside at (916) 508-6587 or nwhitesi@hotmail.com or visit: www.nctor.org or call (916) 427-2841.


Salt Lake City, UT: 2018 Day of Remembrance

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Where: Salt Lake Buddhist Temple, 211 West 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Details: Artwork of the late Professor Chiura Obata, presented by Mr. Luke Kelly, University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts, with discussion by Mr. Ted Nagata. To reserve lunch contact eiggam03@yahoo.com. Presented by Utah’s 3 JACL Chapters.


Salinas, CA: Day of Remembrance Observance

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 1:30 – 4:00 PM

Where: Santa Lucia Room, Millennium Charter High School, 940 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906

Details: Viewing of shortened documentary. Tim Thomas as a presenter and Larry Oda.


San Diego, CA: Day of Remembrance

When: Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Where: UCSD Student Center, Dolores Huerta Room, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

Details: Co-Sponsored by San Diego JACL Chapter and UCSD Nikkei Student Union


San Francisco, CA: Artists’ Eyes – Art of Incarceration

Where:See website in title

When: See website in title

Details: Two separate multi generational art exhibits. Reclaiming the history and identity associated with the Japanese American mass incarceration as well as today.


San Francisco, CA: Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2018 – Carrying the Light for Justice

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018 2:00-4:00 PM

Where: 1881 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Details: $8 suggested donation, Open to public. Performances by Jerry Waki, Melody Takata, Francis Wong, and Lenora Lee. Candle lighting ceremony and procession. Appearances by John Sasaki and Hiroshi Shimizu.


San Francisco, CA: 2018 Films of Remembrance

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:00-8:00 PM

Where: New People Cinema, 1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Details: 7th annual Films of Remembrance, presented by Nichi Bei Foundation. A one-day film event commemorating the signing of Executive Order 9066. For film schedule and prices see link in title.


San Jose, CA: 38th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance – Speak out for Justice

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM

Where: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Details: performances by San Jose Taiko and Aswat Ensemble. Candlight procession through Japantown. Speakers include Richard Konda of Asian Law Alliance, Lawson Sakai, 442nd WWII Veteran, and Bekki Shibayma of Campaign for Justice.


Seattle, WADay of Remembrance 2018 Taiko Concert

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, Exhibit hall opens at 12:00 PM, Concert begins at 1:00 PM

Where: Seattle University – Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Details: Featuring Taiko groups from the Northwest. Proceeds go to scholarships for youth and Incarcerarees over 80 years old to attend the Minidoka Pilgrimage. Put on by Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committe, Friends of Minidoka, and Seattle University.


Seattle, WADay of Remembrance 2018: Our History, Our Responsibility

When: Monday, February 19, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Where: Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle,WA 98109

Details: Free Admission, must RSVP, Khizr Khan will be a speaker and performance by musician Kishi Bashi.


Sebastopol, CA: Day of Remembrance 2018 – A Flicker in Eternity

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:00-3:30 PM

Where: Enmanji Memorial Hall, 1200 Gravenstein Hwy. South, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Details: free admission, screening of A Flicker in Eternity, and discussion with filmmaker Sharon Yamato. Sponsored by Sonoma County JACL. For information contact Jodi Hottel at hottel@sonic.net.


Stockton, CA: Stockton Day of Remembrance

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 1:00 PM

Where: Tillie Lewis Theatre, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95207

Details: Free admission, please RSVP. Screening of documentary The Ito Sisters, An American Story. Presented by Stockton JACL and Asian Pacific Islander American Staff Association of Delta College.


Washington, D.C.: Japanese American Incarceration to the Muslim Travel Ban – Legislative Fixes for These Dark Times

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30-8:30 Pm

Where: Capitol Visitor Center – Orientation Theater South, First St NE, Washington, DC 20515

Details: Must RSVP, Speakers include, Rep. Judy Chu, Karen Korematsu, Abby Ginzber, filmaker of And Then They Came for Us, and Don Tamaki. There will be a discussion and a viewing of And Then They Came for Us. 


Washington, D.C.Architecture of Internment: The Build Up to Wartime Incarceration

When: Exhibit Run- February 6-9, 2018

Where: Russell Rotunda, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20002

Details: This traveling exhibit explores how Oregonians participated in the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants during World War II.


Washington, D.C.: Day of Remembrance – Never Give Up

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:00-4:00 PM

Where: American History Museum, SC Johnson Conference Center, 1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

Details: Film screening of Never Give Up: Yasui and the Fight for Justice. After the film there will be a discussion and Q&A with Holly Yasui, the filmmaker, Zainab Chaudary of ReThink Media. Moderated by Prof. Phil Tajitsu Nash of University of Maryland College Park.


Yakima, WA: “The Yakima Valley Japanese Pioneers” – Their Story Continues to Educate New Generations

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Where: The Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902

Details: Free Admission, Limited seating. Panelists include Tammy Ayer, Yakima Herald Republic Editor, Ellen Allmendinger, historian, and Patti Hirahara. The exhibit – :Land of Joy and Sorry – The Japanese Pioneers of the Yakima Valley” will be able to view as well. Please RSVP by calling (509) 248-0747.


Bloomington, IN: IU and Japanese Americans: Banned Then, Storytellers Today

Date: Monday, Feb. 19 Time: 12:00-1:15 pm

Where: IU Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street

Details: On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry. Sharing in the hysteria, the IU Board of Trustees voted on May 9, 1942 to bar the admission of Japanese American students to IU. What is the university’s relationship with this history? Please join us for a discussion of this history with a screening of The Orange Story and excerpts from Seppuku, films both made by fourth-generation Japanese American storytellers. How can stories make a difference?


Please check back here as more events will be added as February approaches.

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