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Virtual Lecture – Japanese American Activism, Civil Rights and Broader Immigration Issues

Date(s) - Thursday, May 12th
7:00 pm CDT - 8:00 pm CDT


dsc0801-version-2Engaging with Japanese American incarceration as a historical occurrence is wrongly all too common. The misguided, unlawful actions of the Roosevelt Administration had devastating repercussions which continue to impact societal perceptions and sentiment. The impact is a smoldering fire that has been inflamed by recent events and unsettling parallels. In placing that dark period within the longer history of civil rights and civil liberties in the US, a greater understanding of where we are today, and the challenges we face moving forward become apparent.

Join Lisa Doi, scholar-activist and organizer with Tsuru for Solidarity, a grassroots collective of Japanese Americans organized against state violence, as she places Japanese American wartime incarceration into conversation with contemporary policies and practices of mass incarceration and immigrant detention.

This program will be shown virtual via Zoom. 
Museum Members $5 | Nonmembers $10

Sponsored by Jason Steigman and Dori Frankel Steigman.

About the Presenter
Lisa Doi (she/her) is the fourth generation in her family to make a home in Chicago. She is currently an organizer with Tsuru for Solidarity and a curatorial assistant with the Japanese American National Museum. Locally, she is the president of JACL Chicago and a member of the Midwest Buddhist Temple. Lisa has also completed MA research on Japanese American residential patterns in Chicago. She is a doctoral student in American Studies with an interest in public memory, imagination and archives, and the role of repair in history.

Image: Ansel Adams, Manzanar Relocation Center, California. In connection with Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, February 18 – May 29, 2022.

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