National Day of Remembrance, observed annually on or around February 19, recalls President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942. The order resulted in the illegal incarceration of nearly 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent who were living mostly in Washington, Oregon, and California. This two-part program will be streamed via Facebook Live. More info: National Day of Remembrance – Washington State Historical Society (washingtonhistory.org)
2022 Day of Remembrance via Washington State History Museum
- 6:00 PM – Scholarly Selections: Becoming Nisei – Japanese American Lives in Prewar Tacoma. Hear from University of Washington Tacoma’s Lisa M. Hoffman, professor of urban studies and author of Patriotic Professionalism in Urban China: Fostering Talent, and Spaces of Danger: Culture and Power in the Everyday.
- 7:00 PM – Fujitaro Kubota and His Garden film screening and Q&A. This documentary film examines the enduring dreams and legacy of immigrant and nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota, a self-taught gardener who built a thriving landscape business and, through many years of work and challenges, toiled and shaped a landmark Japanese garden in South Seattle. While incarcerated at the Minidoka (Idaho) concentration camp during World War II, Kubota also created a memorable garden in the desert where he was held. The film screening will be followed by Q&A with contributors to the companion book, Spirited Stone.