2013 FRED T. KOREMATSU DAY PASADENA
Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution is the first day in U.S. history named after an Asian American. It is celebrated every January 30th on Mr. Korematsu’s birthday. The Fred Korematsu Day bill, AB1775, was signed into law by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 23, 2010.
In 2011, a group of citizens went before Pasadena City Council, Pasadena Unified School District and Pasadena City College with a Resolution for an Annual Fred Korematsu Day. Pasadena became the first southern California city to pass this annual resolution. The first Fred Korematsu Day Pasadena was celebrated in 2012 with a distinguished group of panelists at Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena City Library.In 2011, a group of citizens went before Pasadena City Council, Pasadena Unified School District and Pasadena City College with a Resolution for an Annual Fred Korematsu Day. Pasadena became the first southern California city to pass this annual resolution. The first Fred Korematsu Day Pasadena was celebrated in 2012 with a distinguished group of panelists at Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena City Library.
Photo by Shirley Nakao, courtesy of the Korematsu Institute
The 2013 FRED KOREMATSU DAY PASADENA will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 10 am to 12 noon at McKinley School Auditorium, 325 S. Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA 91101 (free parking across the street).
Registration at 9:30 am includes light refreshments and exhibit of “INTERNMENT CAMP PHOTOS 1942—46” by educator and photographer Stone Ishimaru (Poston).
Karen Korematsu by Carlo de la Cruz
Karen Korematsu is the Co-Founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education. The daughter of Fred and Kathryn Korematsu, Karen shares her father’s passion for social justice and continues to advance his legacy by advising the Institute and speaking at events around the country. She is also a board member of the Asian Law Caucus, the Institute’s parent organization, as well as the Asian American Justice Center.
Program also includes:
· Welcome - Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard
· Tule Lake Presentation - Yukio Kawaratani (Tule Lake) and Phil Shigekuni.
Special Guests: Congresswoman Judy Chu & Assemblymember Chris Holden
More Info: Wendy Anderson 626-683-8243 firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Korematsu will also be the guest speaker at the Fred Korematsu Day Program in the
City of Torrance at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library from 2 to 4 pm on Jan. 26th.
Fred Korematsu and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1998
Photo by Shirley Nakao, Courtesy of the Korematsu Institute
Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.
In 1983, Prof. Peter Irons, a legal historian, together with researcher Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, discovered key documents that government intelligence agencies had hidden from the Supreme Court in 1944. The documents consistently showed that Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With this new evidence, a legal team of mostly Japanese American attorneys re-opened Korematsu’s 40 year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.
Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. In 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30 the first day in the US named after an Asian American. Korematsu's growing legacy continues to inspire people of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.
(Tule Lake Inmate)
During World War II, his family was in the Poston, Arizona and Tule Lake, California concentration camps. Yukio was a City Planner with the Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency working on the downtown Bunker Hill and Central Business District high-rise building projects for 31 years. Retired in 1993, he has been a community volunteer and activist in the City of Monterey Park for 30 years, and also in Little Tokyo for the past 5 years.
RELUCTANT SAMURAI Memoirs of an Urban Planner
From Tule Lake to Bunker Hill
By Yukio Kawaratani
PHIL SHIGEKUNI w/wife Marion
Phil Shingekuni was 8 when sent to Santa Anita, then Amache concentration camps. He served as a high school counselor for 35 years. Phil was on the National JACL Redress Committee in 1976, then along with the Manzanar Committee organized the first Day of Remembrance in LA in 1979.. In 2008 he was given a "Heroes of Redress" award by the PSW District Council of the Japanese American Citizen's League. Currently, Phil write a weekly column for the Rafu Shimpo, a daily Japanese American newspaper.
Stone is aretired educator from LAUSD. He documented Poston internment camps with Kodak box camera which was authorized by WRA. He then became a US Army photographer. 8th Army. Currently he has formed a non-profit archive - "American Heritage Archive" – a database for people offering free digitalization of photographs and bio. His interest: Video documentation, digital photography, painting, photo exhibition and banjo music.
His webpage usainternmentphotos.com has 4225 images
of all ten camps to be used for education, research and development.