Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 Korematsu Day Dinner Panel at UM Law School

"When You See a Wrong, Speak Up."
APALSA & MLSA presents:
2017 Korematsu Day Dinner Panel
Jan. 30Monday 5 PM
South Hall 1225

Panelists
  • Asha Noor: coordinator of ACCESS’ Take on Hate Campaign, MI
  • Roland Hwang: former Chair to the State Advisory Commission to US Commission on Civil Rights;
  • Ron Aramaki: witness to the JACL's move for redress and reparations in the 1970s; 
  • Mary Kamidoi: former internee at Rohwer internment camp in Arkansas;
  • Frances Kai-Hwa Wang: writer for NBC Asian America.
Dinner provided (first-come, first-served)

Fred Korematsu was one of the many Japanese American citizens living on the West Coast of the United States at the onset of World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War and his military commanders to remove all individuals of Japanese ancestry from designated "military areas" and place them in internment camps in what is now known as the Japanese American internment. When such orders were issued for the West Coast, Korematsu instead became a fugitive. The legality of the internment order was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States, but Korematsu's conviction was overturned decades later after the disclosure of new evidence challenging the necessity of the internment, evidence which had been withheld from the courts by the U.S. government during the war.

To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist, the "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution" was observed for the first time on January 30, 2011, by the state of California, and first such commemoration for an Asian American in the US.

At this event co-hosted by APALSA and MLSA, panelists will give a presentation on this rebellious journey of Fred Korematsu and the legacy he left behind.

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