2014 / A program to share impact of the 1981’s wartime internment hearing, May 3

Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California

Visual Communication

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress


The Torrance Public Library


Power of the Commission Hearings: First Person Voices of Japanese American Incarceration

May 3, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Katy Geissert Civic Library Community Meeting Room at Torrance Civic Center, 3301 Torrance Blvd, Torrance. (310) 618-5959.   www.Library.TorranceCA.Gov

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, City of Torrance Community Services Department, and Creating and Enriching Community through People, Programs, and Partnerships

The Japanese American Historical Society is sponsoring a program with Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) and Visual Communications (VC) which will reprise the Seattle panel on the “Power of the Commission Hearings” but with a South Bay emphasis. 

Roy Nakano of the Gardena Committee on Redress/Reparations, along with Charlie Hamasaki of Terminal Island will share stories about the South Bay work. 

Miya Iwataki will talk about NCRR’s efforts to organize the community for the hearings and Aiko Yoshinaga Herzig will share some of her stories she discovered in her research work with the Commission.

Lane Hirabayashi, who was also a member of the Gardena Committee, will moderate and Kay Ochi of NCRR will share how the tapes were used during the redress campaign and the educational work today.

In 1981 Japanese Americans spoke out for redress at the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings across the country.

The Los Angeles hearing was one of the few that was videotaped. Preserved by the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) and Visual Communications (VC), these testimonies galvanized a grassroots campaign for redress, resulting in the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, authorizing $20,000 and an apology.

Panelists from both NCRR and testifiers from the South Bay will share insights from the hearings and the impact it had on their lives and the community.

Excerpts from the hearings will be shown with special attention to South Bay testimonies.