Tacoma Japanese American Day of Remembrance 2017
On May 17-18, 1942, 870 people of Japanese ancestrymany of them American citizensleft Tacoma from Union Station. Because of wartime hysteria and prejudice, they were forcibly removed to Pinedale Assembly Center near Fresno, California by order of the federal government. Only one out of seven (approximately) returned to Tacoma after the war.
This series of events will commemorate the days that the Japanese Americans left Tacoma, honoring those who built and lived in a vibrant Japantown, as well as those who inherited that history.
Co-sponsored by local writer Tamiko Nimura and historian Michael Sullivan, as well as the Washington State History Museum and the Broadway Center.
Schedule of events:
Open and FREE 2-8PM: Filled with Grace: Japanese Americans in the South Sound exhibit at the Washington State History Museum (exhibit closes on 5/20, so this is the last free day to see it)
12:30-2, Walking tour of Japantown, led by Michael Sullivan and Tamiko Nimura. Meet at the "W" at the top of UW Tacoma Grand Staircase, 1754 Jefferson Avenue
3PM-3:45PM Washington State History Museum, Gathering at Museum auditorium for short program and procession to Union Station, moment of silence to mark departure. (5/11/17: Slight location change.)
4-5:15 (approximate): Screening of the Broadway Center play Nihonjin Face (set in Tacoma), Q&A and discussion afterwards with playwright Janet Hayakawa. History Museum Auditorium.
Washington State History Museum (View)
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402