College is remembering the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D.
Roosevelt’s executive order interning more than 120,000 people of
Japanese ancestry, most of whom were American citizens, with a series of
events beginning with a moving, month-long exhibit at the Oceanside
Campus and San Elijo Campus Libraries.
“Many Americans are
unaware of what happened during one of our nation’s darkest periods,”
said Myla Stokes Kelly, MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus librarian who
oversees library exhibits and displays. “It’s important that people are
reminded about what can occur when people in power act out of fear, and
round up a group of people and incarcerate them under the guise of
protecting the country.”
The exhibit, Uncommon Ground: Behind the
, opens at the Oceanside and San Elijo Campus March 27 and
will be on display through April 28. It explores the myriad facets of
Japanese American internment under Executive Order 9066, life in the
internment camps, and the resolve of an ethnic group to maintain its
dignity and strength in the face of injustice.
also includes the screening of the documentary, A Bitter Legacy, on
April 6 at 6 p.m. at the Oceanside Campus Little Theater, followed by a Q
& A with the film’s producer, Claudia Katayanagi. A Bitter Legacy
details how some camps were, in fact, secret prisons to isolate U.S.
citizens who were considered troublemakers, and it examines the
similarities to issues of racism that resonate today. Refreshments will
be served, and the event is free and open to the public.
27, the San Elijo Campus will be the setting for Japanese-American
Internees Tell Their Stories, during which an elderly Japanese-American
couple will discuss their incarceration, along with a third speaker who
was born in the camps and who will share the memories of his siblings.
The event, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the Student Center, Building 900,
will be moderated by Linda Canada, Board Member, Archivist and Volunteer
Coordinator of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego.
The Oceanside Campus is at 1 Barnard Drive, 92056. The San Elijo Campus is at 3333 Manchester Ave. in Cardiff, 92007
Further information is available on the web at miracosta.edu/9066