Day of Remembrance 2017: National List of Events

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Commemorating the World War II incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, Day of Remembrance is observed on or around February 19th, the date President Roosevelt authorized the internment by signing Executive Order 9066 in 1942. We encourage you to attend a Day of Remembrance event in your area. All times are local.

Pacific Northwest:

Seattle, WA: Never Again
When: 2:00-3:00PM, Sunday, February 19, 2017
Where: Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington 98109
Japanese American WWII History and American Muslim Rights Today, a presentation and conversation examining Japanese American incarceration during World War II and how it relates to racism today. Presented in partnership with Densho, CAIR-Washington State andACLU of Washington. Special appearance by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

Seattle, WA: The Holocaust and Japanese American Connections (three part Day of Remembrance Program)
Three part series from Feb 18-April 30

Part 1: How Could Concentration Camps Happen?
When: 1:00-3:00pm, Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where: University of Washington, Kane Hall, Seattle, WA 98105

Part 2: Conspiracy of Kindness: You’ve Given Me Life
When: 2:00-4:00pm, Sunday, April 9, 2017
Where: Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, 3001 24th Ave S, WA 98144

Part 3: Japanese American Soldiers and the Liberation of Dachau
When: 2:00-4:00pm, Sunday, April 30, 2017
Where: Nisei Veterans Hall, 1212 S. King St, Seattle WA 98144

Northern California:

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Davis, CA: Day of Remembrance
When: 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday, February 16, 2017
Where: Hart Hall Davis, California 95616 (Room 1150)
Panel discussion between Japanese incarcerees and members of the muslim communities

Sacramento, CA: Resistance At Tule Lake
When: 1:00-4:00pm, Saturday, February 11, 2017
Where: California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento 95831

Sebastopol, CA: Day of Remembrance- Protecting Human Rights. Solidarity in Diversity
When: 1:30PM-4:00PM, Saturday February 18, 2017
Where: Enamanji Memorial Hall, 1200 Gravenstein Hwy. South, Sebastopol, CA
For more information, contact Harry Kaku:

San Jose, CA: 37th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance – Stand Up to Hate, Presented by the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee
When: 5:30PM-7:30PM, Sunday, February 14, 2016
Where: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N Fifth Street, San Jose, CA, 95112
Featuring Congressman Mike Honda, San Jose Taiko, and ASWAT Ensemble
Free and open to the public. For more information call 408-373-0817 or

Central California:

Fresno, CA: Voices from the Inside
2:00-4:00pm, Sunday, February 19,2017
Henry Madden Library, Fresno State 5200 N Barton Ave, Fresno, CA 93710
Exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the incarceration of Japanese Americans. Display from Feb 19-April 9, 2017

Merced, CA: Day of Remembrance Banquet
When: 5:00PM, Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where: Merced County Fairgrounds, Pavilion Building, 900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Merced, CA.
The evening’s presentation will be David “Mas” Masumoto and daughter, Nikiko Masumoto. The program will end honoring those in attendance who were interned with a memento symbolizing their courage and determination.

Pacific Southwest:

Los Angeles, CA: Emiko Omori Film Screening & Talk: Emiko Omori’s “When Rabbit Left the Moon”
When: 1:00 pm, February 12, 2017
Where: Occidental College, Choi Auditorium, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Los Angeles, CA: Unite to Uphold our Civil Rights
When: 2:00-4:00 pm, Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where: Japanese American National Museum 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Contact Info: Kurt Ikeda / PSW Board Secretary (310) 953 1639. Facebook:

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In addition to former Congressman Mike Honda and former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, the program will feature a State Resolution presented by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi, updates from community activists including Sahar Pirzada, Adriana Cabrera and cultural performers including Nobuko Miyamoto and UCLA Kyodo Taiko.

San Marcos, CA: Japanese Day of Remembrance
When: 6:00-8:00pm, February 21, 2017
Where: California State University San Marcos, USU Ballroom 2300 A/C,  333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096

San Diego, CA: UCSD Day of Remembrance 2017
When: 6:00-8:30 pm, February 15, 2017
Where: University of California, San Diego, 9730 Hopkins Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, UCSD RIMAC 4th Floor Conference Room

Albuquerque, NM: From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance: A Japanese American Journey
When: 1:00-2:00 pm, Saturday, August 12, 2017
Where: University of New Mexico, Maxwell Museum- Hibben Auditorium, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

August 12 is the first of four presentations of this project that will be presented in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces in 2017. This project is part of a continuing series of community outreach programs sponsored by NMJACL that includes “Imprisonment of People of Japanese Ancestry During WW II” (with Sam Mihara); “Citizen Min in New Mexico”; “Barbed Wire and Cactus: WW II Prison Camps of the Southwest”; and “Asian American Legacy Stories” (in collaboration with the pan-Asian organization, Asian American Association of New Mexico).  Future projects include a “Nisei Vets” portion of “Asian American Veterans of New Mexico.”


Boise, ID: Day of Remembrance
When: 2:30PM, Monday, February 20, 2017
Where: Idaho State Capitol, Governor’s Ceremonial Office – 2nd floor of the Statehouse, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702
For more information, please contact: Micki Kawakami at:

Salt Lake City, UT: Will America Let it Happen Again?
When: 1:00-3:00pm, Saturday, February 25, 2017
Where: Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E. 400 S. Salt Lake City, UT 84101
This year’s event brings the Japanese American and Muslim Communities together to discuss the current political climate and parallels to Japanese American history of exclusion and internment.

Denver, CO: 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066
When: 1:00-3:00pm, Sunday, February 19, 2017
Where: History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver Colorado 80203
For more information, contact:


St. Paul, MN: 75th Anniversary of Japanese American Incarceration
When: 2:00-4:00PM, Sunday, February 19, 2016
Minnesota History Center 3M Auditorium, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN
Attendees will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, and reflect back on this constitutional crisis through a multi-media mix of music, images, and readings from the letters and diaries of incarcerees.  The program will include a live readers’ theater performance directed by Rick Shiomi and narrated by David Mura.  Readings will be performed by community members, including Jaylani Hussein, Kathryn Haddad, and Mustafa Jumale.  Also performing is local taiko drum group, Kogen Taiko.

The event is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow the program.  Reservations are recommended by visiting, or by calling (651) 259-3015. For more information contact Cheryl Dulas:

Chicago, IL: Day of Remembrance. Time for Action
When: 2:00PM, Sunday, February 19, 2016
Where: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street
Featuring a screening of “Orange Story” and “A Song for Manzanar” followed by poetry reading and panel discussion with the artists.

Indianapolis, IN: Shinnenkai
: 1:00PM, Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where: Irvington Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Featuring Dr. David Suzuki, who will give an informational talk

Indianapolis, IN: Extreme Vetting and Its Precedents: Internment and Exclusion in History
: 5:30-7:00PM, Thursday, February 23, 2017
Where: Collins Coffeehouse, 541 N Woodlawn Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
Panel featuring: Erik Matsunaga, JACL’s Hoosier chapter, and the Muslim Student Association

East Coast: 

Philadelphia, PA: Uprooted Exhibit: Japanese American Labor Camps During World War II
When: 2:00pm, Saturday, February 18, 2017
Where: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Philadelphia, PA 19102
Contact Person: Teresa Maebori:
The Philadelphia Chapter JACL will have an opening reception for the Uprooted Exhibit for our DOR.  Our guest speaker will be David Milholland, co-curator of the exhibit.  He is the President of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission that produced the Uprooted Exhibit.  His speech is entitled: Seventy-five Years of Remembrance:  Never Again Under Any Regime. The photo exhibit will feature 45 photographs taken by Russell Lee who was employed by the Farm Securities Administration. It is the first and perhaps only showing of the exhibit on the east coast.  This exhibit will shed a light on the 33,000 Japanese and Japanese American incarcerees who volunteered out of the concentration camps to harvest sugar beets.

Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Day of Remembrance
When:  1:00-3:00pm, Sunday, February 19, 2017
Where: Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, 1 West

Day of Remembrance presents video clips by national competition awardees of the National Museum of Japanese American Memorial Foundation’s Digital Storytelling Project. High school storytellers include Carolyn Hoover, Reed Leventis, Halle Sousa, and Connor Yu. The conversation following the videos is moderated by Dr. Karen Ishizuka, award-winning filmmaker, author, and senior curator at the National Japanese American Museum, and includes Nisei Shigeru “Shig” Yabu, Sam Mihara, and Takashi “Tak” Hoshizaki.

View Objects Out of Storage relating to the Japanese American experience and enjoy hands-on cart activities. Followed by book signings by authors Karen Ishizuka and Shig Yabu.

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