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Film series at CSUC focuses on Japanese American Mass Incarceration

Reflections on Civil Liberties Film and Lecture series offered in conjunction with the Imprisoned at Home exhibit at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology.

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 1:47 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2018 1:55 PM

February 19th marked the 76th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced incarceration of Japanese immigrants and American citizens of Japanese descent after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and sent to live for up to 4 years in "War Relocation Centers" (concentration camps).

  The current exhibit at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at CSU, Chico is called "Imprisoned at Home, Reflections on Civil Liberties: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans at Tule Lake."  It highlights the story of the Tule Lake Segregation Center and the experiences of the people who were held there behind barbed wire under maximum security.  It is curated with support of undergraduate and graduate students, who worked closely with member of California's Japanese American community.  

   The exhibit featurs interactive audio/visual installations, a replica barrack unit of the Tule Lake center, photographs and artificacts of daily life in the camp. 

  Right now a lecture and Film Series called "Reflections on Civil Liberties" is taking place in conjunction with the museum exhibit.  It's being offered on the next 3 Mondays in Room 100 of Colusa Hall on campus.

   February 26th at 4:30 p.m. features "A Time of Remembrance", with guest speaker Marielle Tsukamoto. She and her parents are camp survivors from the Sacramento area.  March 5th at 4:30 p.m. is "Dislocations and Relocations: Building Prison Cities for Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II" with featured speaker Dr. Lynne Horiuchi.  March 12th at 7 p.m. will be a panel discussion featuring Jim Tanimoto, Hiroshi Kashiwagai and Jimi Yamaichi,  camp survivors and descendants of survivors.

   All films/lectures are FREE to attend, and admission to the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology (in the Meriam Library Complex on campus) is also FREE.   "Imprisoned at Home" runs through August of 2018. It is open Tuesday through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  School tours of the exhibit are being offered for grades 3 - 12, you can contact (530) 898-5397 or email for more information.

  And for more information on the museum and film/lecture series visit

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