When I first saw Dorothea Lange's photographs of the Mochida family and learned they were from Hayward, CA, I was simply stunned. I was born in Hayward a few short years later, and simply could not believe this injustice happened in my hometown. It made it very personal for me. I regret I will not be able to attend this exhibit, but truly appreciate your efforts in putting it together. History teaches us lessons if we are willing to learn. Today's political environment is ripe for repeating our mistakes - let's learn from this exhibit!
Our visits to Topaz and the Topaz Japanese American Internment Camp Museum have made me always on the lookout to build upon that experience. Thank you for curating such a lovely collection of glimpses into the lives that inhabited those camps. This is a haunting site..
Most fascinating exhibition. I first learned of this sad chapter of American history in high school when a classmate brought in a documentary film about the camp where her parents and grandparents were interned. Later, coincidentally, I worked for the former chair of the Commission on Wartime Relocation on Wartime Internment of Civilians and read the Commission's report. Subsequently visited Heart Mountain's remains while on a family vacation. The exhibit continues to flesh out my understanding of this event and is especially timely given all of the current refugee concerns.
In memory of Kenso Kiyohiro an incredible American who always took the high road and never blamed the American government for his and his peoples internment. He got out of Camp Manzanar and went to work and never looked back. Dedicated to his Japanese community and to his country, the United States of America. A true example for all mankind.
Beautiful digital site. Thank you.
Seeing this exhibit has really inspired and rekindled my love for history. Thank you so much! ❤
Thank you for putting this together! I like how it gives a sense of place to this history.