Executive Order 9066 at 80: Incarceration and Reparations Then and Now
On-site at the museum
Join us for an evening of film and discussion commemorating the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066.
Feb. 19 is the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Join us to mark this occasion with an evening focusing on the forces that led to the incarceration, its current-day parallels, and reparations for both Japanese Americans and Black Americans.
The night begins with a screening of Jon Osaki’s award-winning documentary “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066,” which considers the political forces and misinformation behind the incarceration and draws connections to the current scapegoating of immigrants and abuses of power. Following the screening, the filmmaker joins Sheryl Davis, executive director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and Don Tamaki, an attorney for the plaintiff in Korematsu v. United States, for a discussion about the ties between the Japanese American redress campaign and the Black reparations movement. Former KPIX and KRON4 News anchor Wendy Tokuda moderates.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Sheryl Davis is executive director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, where she is leading the city’s efforts to promote racial equity, including reparations for the Black community.
Jon Osaki is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed and produced promotional, educational, narrative, and documentary films. His initial interest in film grew from his desire to share the stories of the Japanese Community Youth Council, where he has served as executive director since 1996. He is currently producing film projects for the Stop Repeating History campaign focusing on social justice issues such as the movement for Black reparations and dispelling the model minority myth.
Don Tamaki, senior counsel at Minami Tamaki LLP, was a lead attorney in the landmark Supreme Court case Korematsu v. the United States, which overturned Fred Korematsu’s conviction for refusing as an American citizen to be incarcerated during World War II on account of his racial ancestry. Tamaki is past member of the board of Glide Foundation and is board president of the San Francisco Japantown Foundation.
Wendy Tokuda is an award-winning journalist who anchored evening news broadcasts in California for nearly 35 years, including on KPIX-TV, the San Francisco CBS affiliate, and KRON4 News.
Presented in partnership with CAAM (Center for Asian American Media).
Thursday Nights are supported by Wells Fargo.