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Never Again: Japanese American WWII History and American Muslim Rights Today Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Never Again: Japanese American WWII History and American Muslim Rights Today
Event typeLibrary Program
Wherenon-library location
Non-Library LocationOther
AddressSeattle Center--Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryA presentation and conversation examining Japanese American incarceration during World War II and how it relates to racism today. This event will be livestreamed.
DescriptionFebruary 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. To mark this anniversary, Densho executive director Tom Ikeda and Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will discuss the correlation between the Japanese American past and the treatment of law-abiding American Muslim children and families today. The presenters will also talk about what Seattleites can do to prevent harassment and discrimination of American Muslims in their community.

PLEASE NOTE the location change. Seating will be first come, first seated. This event will be livestreamed on Densho's website. Tweet about the event and submit questions for the panel using the tag #NeverAgainIsNow.

Presenters include Tom Ikeda, Arsalan Bukhari and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who will be joined in conversation by moderator Michele Storms, Deputy Director of ACLU Washington. The program will open with Troy Osaki, a spoken word poet.

Arsalan Bukhari is Executive Director at CAIR-Washington State, a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Raised in a middle class American Muslim household in North Seattle, Arsalan Bukhari’s strong work ethic, values, faith, and sense of responsibility came from his upbringing as a practicing Muslim, and as a member of a military family. Two of his uncles are proud U.S. Army veterans, formerly stationed in Fort Lewis, WA and Fort Jackson, SC, and his brother-in-law a proud U.S. Navy veteran, formerly stationed in Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI.

Tom Ikeda is the founding Executive Director of Densho. He is a sansei (third generation Japanese American) who was born and raised in Seattle. Tom’s parents and grandparents were incarcerated during World War II at Minidoka, Idaho. In addition to leading the organization over the last 20 years, Tom has conducted over 200 video-recorded, oral history interviews with Japanese Americans. He has received numerous awards for his historical contributions, including the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, the National JACL Japanese American of the Biennium award for Education, and the Microsoft Alumni Fellows Award.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien, Shoreline and Normandy Park. The first Indian-American woman in the House of Representatives, Jayapal has spent the last 20 years working internationally and domestically as a leading national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights.


Densho is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans in order to deepen understandings of American history and inspire action for equity. Densho is a Japanese term meaning “to pass on to the next generation,” or to leave a legacy.
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and is presented in partnership with Densho, CAIR-WA and ACLU of Washington. Books will be available for purchase from Elliott Bay Book Co. at the event.

The photo above is by Dorothea Lange and is courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. From the original caption: Families of Japanese ancestry arrive at Turlock Assembly Center. Turlock, California. For more resources and historical photographs, please visit Densho.
Recorded for PodcastThis event will be recorded for future podcast.
Contact Info*Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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