Japanese Latin Americans & U.S. WWII Incarceration: Accountability and Redress

photo of crystal city tx in the early 1940s

Wednesday, May 10

2pm Pacific/4pm CST/5pm EST (via Zoom)

Grace Shimizu
Director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project; Director of the Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans!

Stephanie Moore, Ph.D. 
Senior Assistant Dean of the Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz; Scholar, Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project

Moderated by:
Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

This panel conversation will explore the ‘hidden’ history of Japanese Latin Americans’ forced removal from thirteen Latin American countries to the U.S., where they were incarcerated in Department of Justice camps alongside other “enemy aliens,” including US immigrant residents and citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII. Panelists will draw on the Japanese Peruvian experience and provide the historical context of Japanese immigration, social context in Peru, and geopolitical factors that led the Peruvian government to expel immigrant residents and Peruvian citizens of Japanese ancestry. Drawing on oral histories, panelists will discuss the legacies of wartime incarceration in the U.S. and efforts by internees and their descendants to secure government accountability, redress, and reparations from the U.S. government. These panelists will reflect on opportunities and challenges for JLA redress and lessons learned for other contemporary human rights advocacy and redress movements.

Please register HERE.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (CLACS) and the Japanese American Citizens League-Wisconsin Chapter 

CLACS is a Title VI National Resource Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Education