Happy New Year!!
Here at the Whatcom County Historical Society, we all wish you the very best day and year to come. Please join us for our first presentation of 2015.
Incarceration of Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II”
Presented by Fumio Otsu and Carole Teshima
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room • 121 Prospect St. • Free
A Difficult Chapter in Our Nation’s History
More than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese American families were incarcerated in the United States during WWII. This presentation will give an overview of the incarceration on the West Coast and follow the experience of two families’ pre-WWII, during WWII and post WWII.
Presenter Fumio Otsu was born in the Tule Lake Concentration Camp where Japanese families from Bellingham were also imprisoned. The overview will include a timeline for the incarceration beginning with the evacuation order by President Roosevelt in 1942 to the formal apology by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. People of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in 10 concentration camps and 29 prison locations. The post war impacts of their release will be discussed from the perspective of each of Otsu’s families. Teshima will present research on the established Bellingham families who were forcibly removed from their homes and businesses, gave up everything and never returned.
Recently, with the help of Otsu and the Japanese American Museum in California, records of what happened to the local families have become available.
Come and hear this important presentation.