Let’s Get It Right! Replacing World War II Euphemistic Language: The Retelling of the Nikkei Incarceration Experience

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Aug 201127

Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90012
United States

The program will deal with the urgent need to promote the use of accurate terminology in describing the WW II incarceration experience of people of Japanese descent.

Mako Nakagawa who promoted the JACL resolution from its inception with the Seattle JACL Chapter, and on to gaining unanimous support from the National JACL Board and overwhelming supportive vote from the National JACL Council. The primary goal of this resolution is to affect future learners of this episode of history with less distortion by misleading euphemistic terms, and concomitantly preserve and protect the essence of our United States Constitution so that this historical wrong is never again repeated.

This session will be primarily devoted to explaining the need for this resolution, how this drive got it's momentum, and exploring possible avenues to promote it's prime educational objective. Audience questions will be welcomed. 

Just added, author and filmmaker Karen Ishizuka will also be attendance to talk about the importance of accurate terminology. 

Program is free with admission. Reservations recommended to rsvp@janm.org or 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.


Presented in collaboration with The George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA, and the National Museum.

There are several articles about this topic on Discover Nikkei, including one by speaker Mako Nakagawa. Check them out >>


JANM . Last modified Jul 26, 2011 4:24 p.m.

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