Camp internments remembered

OlympianFebruary 20, 2014 

The stories of Japanese Americans incarcerated in Idaho concentration camps in World War II will be shared at a free public event at the Longhouse Cultural Center on The Evergreen State College campus 7 p.m., Feb. 27.

The speaker will be Tom Ikeda, founder and executive director of Densho:The Japanese American Legacy Project. A native of Seattle and former Microsoft Corp. manager, Ikeda's parents and grandparents were incarcerated at Minidoka, Idaho during World War II.

He will explore issuesof democracy, intolerance, wartime hysteria and civil rights, based on hundreds of oral histories conduced through the Densho project the past 18 years.

The presentation is part of the Willi Unsoeld Seminar, a speaker series honoring the founding faculty member at TESC. Unsoeld died in an avalanche during a mountaineering expedition with Evergreen students on Mount Rainier in 1979.

 

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