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Never Again: Japanese Americans Remember

  • Japanese American Historical Plaza 2 Northwest Naito Parkway Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map)

Hosted by Jenna Yokoyama and Traci Yokoyama Kiyama

Join Japanese-Americans for a Day of Remembrance gathering on Sunday, February 19 from 11am-1pm at the Japanese-American Historical Plaza. On this day, we remember the signing of Executive Order 9066, the order that led to the forced incarceration of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

This gathering is intended as a space for Japanese-Americans to come together, to reflect, and to share our story. If your family went to the camps, feel free to bring pictures or bring your stories about how the signing of EO 9066 affected your family then and how it echoes into now. We hope you gather with us even if you’re family went to the camps, but your family left you with no stories to share.... The silence about the camps is an important element of our shared history that many are confronting still. Let’s confront it together.

The organizers of this event are yonsei (fourth generation Japanese-Americans). We believe that it is important for Japanese-Americans to remember why we say #neveragain on this day. Telling our stories to one another reminds us of our community and our shared history. We also believe that it’s important for our community to gather physically in the Plaza on this day as a statement of solidarity for those who, today, find themselves where we once were.

This is NOT a protest or a rally. This is a PEACEFUL GATHERING primarily for the Japanese-American community to be together in vigil.

ALL PEOPLE ARE INVITED to join us at the Plaza in remembrance, but we ask that non-Japanese-Americans take a step back and take the opportunity to listen to the stories of others who have experienced the consequences of American racism and xenophobia. Please be respectful of the space you are in. This is a somber occasion for the Japanese-American community.

Signs are welcome. Some suggestions for a DIY sign:
"Day of Remembrance"
"We Were Banned Too"
"Silence is Violence"

Or make a sign with the name of one of the concentration camps:
Minidoka Internment Camp, Idaho
Topaz Internment Camp, Central Utah
Colorado River (Poston) Internment Camp, Arizona
Gila River Internment Camp, Phoenix, Arizona
Granada (Amache) Internment Camp, Colorado
Heart Mountain Internment Camp, Wyoming
Jerome Internment Camp, Arkansas
Rohwer Internment Camp, Arkansas
Manzanar Internment Camp, California
Tule Lake Internment Camp, California
Sand Island Internment Camp, Hawaii
Honouliuli Internment Camp, Hawaii

THANK YOU to Studio Sign Co. for providing our banner.