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Performance at NMSU to commemorate anniversary of Japanese internment during WWII

The New Mexico State University Department of History will host a multimedia performance commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the executive order that authorized the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent in America during World War II.


Woman pointing to a sign on her porch that reads “Japs Keep Moving- this is a White Man’s Neighborhood.”
Photo of a woman pointing to a sign displayed above her porch will be part of a multimedia presentation at New Mexico State University on Thursday, Oct. 19. (Photo courtesy of National Japanese American Historical Society)

“From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance: A Japanese American Journey” will run from 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A.

“The performance will feature actors from the New Mexico chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, from Albuquerque, reenacting stories of Japanese immigration to the U.S., internment and post-war recovery for three generations of Japanese-Americans,” said Jon Hunner, history professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The program will include tributes to local Japanese-Americans from this period who survived the Great Depression, WWII and racial discrimination.

Funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council, the event is free and open to the public. For more information about the NMJACL, visit www.nmjacl.org.