Title: “Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp”
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm MDT
Hanako Wakatsuki, Chief of Interpretation and Education at the Minidoka National Historic Site and the Liaison for Honouliuli National Historic Site.
Program Description: Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp tells the story of Japanese Americans, most of them American citizens, who were forcibly removed from their Pacific Northwest homes during Word War II. They were held in squalid conditions in temporary detention centers, and then put on trains to a concentration camp in the desert of southern Idaho. Innocent of any crime, many of them would remain imprisoned at Minidoka for over three years. In the compelling voices of survivors of the camp, the film explores the unconstitutional suspension of the civil rights of these Americans and the long-lasting impact of the incarceration on their community. Minidoka examines what happens when a group of Americans are imprisoned solely on the basis of race, and examines the relevance of this story today.
Bio: Hanako Wakatsuki is the Chief of Interpretation and Education at the Minidoka National Historic Site and the Liaison for Honouliuli National Historic Site. She has approximately 12 years of experience in the museum and public history field. In the past she has worked for the Idaho State Historical Society, Tule Lake National Monument, and the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum.
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