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Sho Jo Ji at the Asian Lantern Festival
2018 JACL Scholarship Winner Madelyn Conley presented by Bev Kerecman and Ken Arie
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The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) was created in 1980 to investigate the constitutional and ethical objections of Executive Order 9066.
Testimony was provided many people - several Clevelanders are included here.
First is Ike Komatsu. Ike Komatsu lived in Shaker Hts and was an exec at Mr. Coffee. Some may remember he and his wife. Text HERE Second, the testimony of Masayuki Tashima of Cleveland Ohio who spoke before the committee of the effects of incarceration on his family. Some of us remember Masi and his life here in Cleveland. Text HERE Third is Toaru Ishiyama from Parma. A community activist talks about the psychological effects of incarceration on Japanese Americans. Text HERE.
Their testimony is a reminder of the difficulty placed on families not only during incarceration but for many years after the war ended.
A great video from Kids Meet - an interview with a child about the Japanese Incarceration during WWII
Watch the Ohio State University Japanese Student Organization perform SorenBushi
YES - our kids are celebrating their heritage!
Cleveland Japanese American Foundation Community Picnic and Scholarship Awards
August 8, 2021
Furnace Run - Brushwood Shelter
Akron MetroParks - Richfield Ohio
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