A Witness to Japanese American Internment

Presentation by Gerry Yamada


When:       Tuesday, May 17, 2022

4:00 - 5:30 PM Eastern


In honor of National Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, we have asked alumnus Gerry Yamada to tell us how World War II affected the Japanese American community. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US government forcibly evacuated 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry into remote internment camps. Gerry’s family was evacuated, and he was born at one of these camps. 


Gerry’s presentation will discuss the pre-war discrimination against Japanese; the issuance of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment; life in the camps; the loyalty questionnaire; the role of military service during World War II; and the closing of the camps. He will discuss how America made amends for its mistake and the lessons to be learned from this dark period of US history. 


Gerry is a former EPA Principal Deputy General Counsel and current President of the Japanese American Veterans Association. 


Here is a link to his Bio:

We are looking forward to incorporating your questions in the discussion. (You can send questions in advance to epaalumni@aol.com or put them in the chat function during the Zoom meeting).

We will be breaking out into small group discussions after the Session so Members can continue the conversation and catch up with colleagues.

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