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Japanese culture celebrated on Day of Remembrance

Friday marks an important and somber occasion in Japanese-American history: the creation of Japanese detention camps. Betsy Young and Derrick Iwata join us from the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii to tell us how the anniversary is recognized today.

Day of Remembrance
Japanese Cultural Center
Sunday, 1-4pm
Panel, breakout sessions
FREE admission


The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i hosts Day of Remembrance: Liberties & Culture, Suppressed but Revived in the Manoa Grand Ballroom on Sunday, February 21, 2010 from 1p.m. to 4p.m. This is an event for all ages featuring an expert panel discussing experiences during World War II as well as cultural activities. Admission is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Days of Remembrance are events on or around February 19 across the country to commemorate President Roosevelt's issuance of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 authorizing the exclusion and detention of all Japanese Americans from the West Coast states. In Hawai‘i we commemorate the opening of the Honouliuli Detention Camp on March 1, 1943.

This year's event is divided into general and several break out sessions. To bring history to life for you, a seasoned four-member panel will draw upon their vast knowledge and personal experiences to share, "World War II Stories: Liberties & Culture Suppressed but Revived." Panel members include Dennis Ogawa, Professor and Chair in the Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa and author of numerous books on Japanese Americans; Jane Komeiji, educator and co-author of OKAGE SAMA DE; George Tanabe, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religion, University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa; and Lillian Yajima, founding member, past President, 50th Anniversary Chairperson of the Japanese Women's Society Foundation, and contributor to KOKORO: Cherished Japanese Traditions in Hawai‘i.

Close-up, informal "Talk Story" break out groups will educate and entertain questions from the audience. Stories and topics include Japanese in World War II Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Internee's Story, Hawai‘i Excludee's Story, World War II Varsity Victory Volunteers and the Emergency Service Committee, and Hawai‘i Under Martial Law.

Break out sessions will also involve people of all ages to gain some hands on experience with cultural activities which were suppressed during World War II, but since revived. Some activities include tea ceremony, ikebana, Boy's Day and Girl's Day origami, taiko drum instruction, and a bon dance. The Community Bon Dance will involve the entire audience with instruction by Derrick Iwata, dance leader at Waipahu Soto Mission.

This project/program is part of Education through Cultural & Historical Organizations (ECHO), a collaborative education partnership of museums and cultural institutions in Hawai‘i, Alaska, Massachusetts, and Mississippi. Support is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement. This event is also made possible by the Japanese American Citizens League, Honolulu Chapter.

For more information, contact the Cultural Center at (808) 945-7633, email info@jcch.com, or visit www.jcch.com.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH), a non-profit organization, strives to share the history, heritage and culture of the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Located in Mô‘ili‘ili, the JCCH features a Community and Historical Gallery, Resource Center, Kenshikan martial arts dôjô, Seikôan Japanese teahouse and Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email info@jcch.com or visit the website at www.jcch.com.

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