Day of Remembrance Events & Resources

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), Waiting for Registration, San Francisco, 1942 (detail).

On February 19, 1942, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving the U.S. Army the authority to remove civilians from the military zones established in Washington, Oregon, and California during WWII. As a result, approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry—two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were evicted from the West Coast and held in internment camps scattered in remote locations across the country.

Day of Remembrance
is held annually on the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. Events commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 will take place nationwide. Select local events are listed below. Please check organizers’ websites for updated details and ticketing information.

Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Sunday, January 7, 2018
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City

This exhibition explores Noguchi’s extraordinary decision—despite being exempt from internment as a resident of New York—to enter the Poston War Relocation Center, in the Arizona desert. The exhibition brings together about two dozen works from the Museum’s collection, dating from before, during, and after Noguchi’s time at Poston, along with a substantial selection of archival documents.

Community Day - Day of Remembrance

Sunday, February 19
10:30 AM – 6 PM
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City

The Noguchi Museum offers free admission all day and special programming in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Events include Art For Families, Storytelling: Drawing in Sand, a public tour of the Museum, and a performance by artist Kimi Maeda.

Day of Remembrance Program

Saturday, February 18
1-4:30 PM
Japanese American United Church
255 Seventh Avenue, New York City

This annual program commemorating the events surrounding February 19, 1942 will include guest speakers (former internees, community leaders and artists) and a candle-lighting ceremony, followed by a community potluck to continue the conversation. Coordinated by the NYC Day of Remembrance Committee, a group committed to promoting educational and healing efforts related to the U.S. incarceration of Japanese Americans and others and protecting civil liberties.

Day of Remembrance Gathering

Sunday, February 19
6-9 PM (Open House)
La Mama, The Downstairs
74A East 4th Street, New York City

An exploration and commemoration through photography, art, text and music. Coordinated by the NYC Day of Remembrance Committee.

Allegiance: The Broadway Musical on the Big Screen

Sunday, February 19
12:55 PM
Various theaters nationwide – check website for NYC locations.

George Takei’s Broadway musical Allegiance returns to cinemas nationwide for an encore performance.

Emiko Omori Retrospective: To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter & When Rabbit Left the Moon

Tuesday, February 21
4:30 PM
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, New York City

This year Doc Fortnight honors the work of Bay Area filmmaker Emiko Omori with a selection of her films, including When Rabbit Left the Moon. The short film, which she says “commemorate[s] the seventy-fifth anniversary of my incarceration at the age of one by my government, the United States of America” is an elegy to her parents’ generation—the Issei (immigrants)—and the legacy of suffering that haunts the community to this day.

Serve the People: Karen Ishizuka, Akemi Kochiyama, and Amy Weng

Wednesday, February 22
6—8 PM
NYU Kimball Hall Lounge
246 Greene Street, New York City

Organized by A/P/A Institute at NYU, an intergenerational program on movement building, activism, and interracial solidarity. A conversation with the audience and book signing will follow remarks from each guest.

Japanese American Experience & Incarceration during World War II: Could It Happen Again? 

Thursday, February 23
6—8 PM
JAA Community Center
49 West 45th Street, 11th Floor

This panel discussion with Sam Mihara and Madeline Sugimoto will give attendees the opportunity to learn how Executive Order 9066 and the resulting discrimination and intolerance affected the lives of Japanese Americans, and why this experience must never be repeated. Moderated by George Hirose. Organized by Japanese American Citizens League - New York Chapter, Japanese American Association of New York, JAJA (Japanese Americans, Japanese in America), and NY Day of Remembrance Committee.

RESOURCES (alphabetical)

  • Asian American Bar Association Trial Reenactment: The Trial of Minoru Yasui (script)
  • Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar - Library of Congress
  • By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans by Greg Robinson (non- fiction)
  • Come See the Paradise written and directed by Alan Parker (film)
  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston (memoir)
  • George Takei: From Barbed Wire to Broadway (talk at Japan Society)
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (historical fiction)
  • Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment edited by Linda Gordon and Gary Y. Okihiro (photography)
  • Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves (non-fiction)
  • Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II (talk at Japan Society)
  • No-No Boy by John Okada (historical fiction)
  • Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience by Lawson Fusao Inada (non-fiction anthology)
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (novel and film)
  • To Be Takei produced and directed by Jennifer M. Kroot (documentary film)
  • Toyo’s Camera: Japanese American History During WWII directed by Junichi Suzuki (documentary film)
  • The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell (non-fiction)
  • Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin (teen non-fiction)
  • When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka (historical fiction)

Topics:  Social Issues
Image: Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), Waiting for Registration, San Francisco, 1942 (detail). Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, National Archives Identifier 536462 / 210-G-A572 (link).

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