Approximately 120,000 individuals of Japanese descent, both immigrants and American citizens, were adversely affected by that Order.. They were vilified and threatened. Most lost homes, businesses, most of their treasured family keepsakes, and in many cases, connections to their community when they were imprisoned in 10 US concentration camps. The wounds caused by this treatment were deep and still remain.
Joseph Okimoto will speak of his experience in the Poston camp with his family.
Joe is the first child born on American soil of immigrant Japanese Christian missionary parents. As a child, he and his family were interned in a camp in Poston, AZ for 3 years resulting from Executive order 9066. He is a retired psychiatrist, and a Friends of Mukai Board member.
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma will present a short reflection entitled ”A Light at the Crossroads”, using poetry and story to explore how events like the Internment reverberate across time and our ideas of identity.
Tom is an author, poet, translator, magician, musician, and lover of life. Born in Seattle, he has lived and worked in Tamil Nadu, india, and Oaxaca, Mexico. His books include Give, Eat, and Live; Poems of Avvaiyar, and Body and Earth: Notes from a Conversation, written with the south Indian artist C.F. John. Tom was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to support his new translation of the most important work of poetry and philosophy in the Tamil language, Tirukkural.