Remembering Japanese American Redress:
A Symposium on History, Incarceration, and Justice

Friday, April 28, 2006
9:00 - 5:00
Petersen Room, Allen Library North, 4th floor

This symposium will bring together activists and academics from around the Seattle area to reflect on the Japanese American redress movement of the 1960s-80s, which, in many ways, originated right here in the Pacific Northwest. How did a grassroots movement of everyday working people lead to a formal apology and monetary reparations from the U.S. federal government for the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II? What are the movementís historical lessons and lasting legacies on the ongoing struggle for social justice? These are some of the questions that the symposium will address throughout the day.

Preliminary Symposium Program

  1. History & Roots, 9:00 - 10:15
    Moon-Ho Jung, Chair
    Roger Daniels
    Henry Miyatake
    Bob Shimabukuro

  2. Mobilizing Japanese Americans, 10:30-Noon
    Gail M. Nomura, Chair
    Frank Abe
    Chuck Kato
    Chizu Omori

    Lunch Break, noon - 1:15

  3. Keynote Address: Ron Sims, King County Executive, 1:15-1:45

  4. Navigating the Political System, 2:00-3:30
    Tetsuden Kashima, Chair
    Rodney Kawakami
    Cherry Kinoshita
    Mike Lowry

  5. Reflections and Legacies, 3:45-5:00
    Alan Yabui, Chair
    Tom Ikeda
    Pramila Jayapal
    Mako Nakagawa
    Joy Shigaki


Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, the Department of American Ethnic Studies and the University of Washington Libraries and the Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle and Lake Washington chapters.

Program Committee: Moon-Ho Jung, Tetsuden Kashima, Theresa Mudrock, Gail Nomura, Chizu Omori, and Bob Shimabukuro