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February 4, 2005

FEB. 12: WWII Japanese Internment and Latino immigrant link explored

WWII Japanese Internment and Latino
immigrant link explored during
Day of Remembrance
Annual Day of Remembrance events are held all over the country as  reminders of the World War II Japanese Internment. In early 1942, 120,000 west coast residents of Japanese descent were given a short time to dispose of homes, businesses and other property and were sent to concentration camps in the interior, where they stayed for the duration of the war.

In Eugene, this year’s free, public event explores the links between that experience and the experience of today’s immigrants from Mexico and Central America.  It will be held on Saturday, February 12, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. in Room 175 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

Racist mistreatment of immigrants is a recurring pattern in American history said Alice Endo Aikens, co-chair of the Eugene Day of Remembrance Committee. Lessons from the internment may help our community better treat Latino Americans and others living under the same disadvantages.

The symposium will include panel discussions, a potluck of Japanese and Latino foods, a presentation by the Springfield High School Human Rights Alliance, and a special recognition of community heroes.

Japanese American memorabilia from WWII will be displayed February 7 to 19 at the UO School of Law.

Law professor and event organizer Keith Aoki  said In the wake of 9/11, the temptation to forget about Constitutional civil rights in the face of fears about national security once again presents our society with difficult choices. Let’s hope we have the wisdom to learn from the errors of the past.

The 2005 event is organized by the Eugene Day of Remembrance Committee and co-sponsored by the UO’s Wayne Morse  Center for Law and Politics   and the Asian Law Student Association.  It will focus on forging links with the Latino community to resist continuing discrimination.

INFO: (541) 343-2874


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