Japanese Americans

SOAP LAKE – The Soap Lake Library is hosting writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa on Thursday.

The Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau presents “The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington” start at 5 p.m. at the library, located at 32 Main Ave. E.

Tsutakawa will explore the history of Japanese people in Washington prior to and during World War II, when about 120,000 Japanese Americans along the West Coast were forced from their homes and sent to concentration camps as a result of Executive Order 9066.

“Most Seattle Japanese spent the war years at Camp Minidoka in Idaho, and when they returned, most had lost everything and could not find jobs,” event organizers stated. “How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives? How does a lively immigrant community face racist or religious hatred? The 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 is in 2017, and Mayumi Tsutakawa, whose father was renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.”

The event is free to attend. For more information, call 509-246-1313.

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